Artists’ Residencies 2022-2023

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2023
Simon Brossard and Julie Villard in residence at Puiforcat © Tadzio
Simon Brossard and Julie Villard in residence at Puiforcat © Tadzio
Simon Brossard and Julie Villard in residence at Puiforcat © Tadzio
Matthieu Haberard in residence at the Maroquinerie de Guyenne © Tadzio
Matthieu Haberard in residence at the Maroquinerie de Guyenne © Tadzio
Matthieu Haberard in residence at the Maroquinerie de Guyenne © Tadzio
As it celebrates its tenth year, the Artists’ Residencies programme is evolving to take on a new format. For the upcoming two-year cycle, curator Gaël Charbau will oversee the residencies’ mentoring. He will propose two seasoned artists to accompany each year’s residents throughout their time at the Hermès workshops. Each residency will culminate in a dedicated publication, as well as in an exhibition of the work created at a cultural institution in the same region.

For this new two-year residency cycle, Gaël Charbau has selected three artists and one duo to explore the different aspects of Hermès savoir-faire: Matthieu Haberard will discover leatherwork, duo Julie Villard & Simon Brossard will experiment with fine metalworking, Bianca Bondi will learn the skills and gestures associated with silk, and Linda Sanchez will explore the secrets of crystalware. At the close of each residency, a dedicated Cahier de résidence, jointly published by Actes Sud and the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, and featuring a rich selection of images, will retrace the process of creation. In order to reinforce cultural bonds between each Hermès workshop and their surrounding regions, going forward the works produced as part of the Artists’ Residencies will be exhibited in local cultural institutions. In addition to the workshops’ craftspeople, a broader public will thus be able to discover the creations shaped by the artists through the craft skills and knowledge anchored in their region.

Artists’ Residencies in 2022

Since the start of 2022, Matthieu Haberard has been hosted by the Maroquinerie de Guyenne in Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Born in Toulouse in 1991, Matthieu Haberard graduated from the Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2016. In his practice, he centres on the handmade, deliberately distancing himself from technology. Drawing further inspiration from the world of childhood, he creates hybrid, totemic sculptures with a fantastical dimension. The project he envisages for his residency will look to extend this approach: it takes the form of an oversize sword with a blade that gradually blends into a dragon’s tail with leather scales.

Artist duo Simon Brossard & Julie Villard, meanwhile, are exploring the skills of silversmithing at Puiforcat in Pantin, Île-de-France. Born in Créteil in 1994, and in Carpentras in 1992, respectively, these two visual artists met during their studies at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy and have worked together since 2016. Their formal vocabulary borrows freely from art nouveau, design, video games and science fiction to give form to strange sculptures based on industrial aesthetics, where the mechanical fuses with the organic. At the Puiforcat workshop, the duo are using hitherto unexplored processes and techniques to create new and unsettling forms that blend resin and silvery metals. In a striking contrast to the rigorous geometry for which Puiforcat is known, the artists draw out volumes that seem flexible, at times even crushed, revisiting their futuristic universe through the craft skills and knowledge surrounding silversmithing.

 

Artists’ Residencies in 2023

In 2023, Holding Textile Hermès in Pierre-Bénite, in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, will welcome South African artist Bianca Bondi. Born in Johannesburg, she studied at the Wits School of Arts in her home city before continuing her training at Paris-Cergy. Her constantly evolving pieces centre on her materials’ capacity for metamorphosis, which she carefully manages and stages to offer a reflection upon environmental issues. Linda Sanchez, who was born in Thonon-les-Bains in 1983, will undertake her residency at the Cristallerie Saint-Louis in Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche, in the Grand Est region. A graduate of the École Supérieure d’Art d’Annecy-Alpes, she uses numerous processes, apparatuses and mechanisms to create highly specific forms and singular objects. At the same time, she maintains a free approach and celebrates the properties of each material through a combination of experimentation and rigour.

Disciplines
Visual arts
Craftsmanship
France
As it celebrates its tenth year, the Artists’ Residencies programme is evolving to take on a new format.
Curator Gaël Charbau is overseeing this new two-year cycle of Artists’ Residencies.
In 2022, Matthieu Haberard explores leatherwork, while the duo Simon Brossard & Julie Villard learn the skills and gestures of silversmithing.
In 2023, the secrets of silk and the art of crystal will be at the heart of the respective residencies of Bianca Bondi and Linda Sanchez.

Information

  • Resident artists
    • Matthieu Haberard at the Maroquinerie de Guyenne, Saint Vincent-de-Paul (Gironde)
    • Julie Villard & Simon Brossard at Puiforcat, Pantin (Île-de-France)
  • Available in bookstores

    The Cahiers de Résidence #11, co-published by Actes Sud and the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.

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