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Current Grantees
Season 2016 /2017




Mohamed Bourouissa

Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

June 30 - October 2, 2017

Curated by Sylvie Patry

The Barnes Foundation will present a special exhibition of works of art by the artist Mohamed Bourouissa. This comprehensive examination of Bourouissa’s works is inspired by his 2013 residency in Philadelphia and is the first ever extensive solo exhibition devoted to the artist by a museum in the United States.

The exhibition at the Barnes Foundation will bring together the various works inspired by this project: drawings (20), photographs (10), videos (2), riders’ costumes (8) and sculptures (Hoods, 15), as well as posters, flyers, and wallpaper. Initiated in 2015, Hoods is a series of sculptures made of discarded car parts, printed with photographs or images from Horseday, and mixed with harnesses, curb bits, and other elements of riding gear. Invested with documentary and makeshift attributes in continuity with the experience carried out in Philadelphia, these pieces also echo the recent history of sculpture, revisiting John Chamberlain’s art, for instance, through the lens of a strong social commitment. The exhibition will also feature an opening live performance with a horse rider. The accompanying catalogue will be the first publication on this project, and the first on the artist produced by an American institution.


Horse Day, 2014 - 2015
Video (color, sound)
22 min
Production: Mobile
© Mohamed Bourouissa


Kapwani Kiwanga
Logan Center Exhibitions at the University of Chicago

January 20 through March 12, 2017

Curated by Yesomi Umolu

Paris-based artist Kapwani Kiwanga’s first US solo exhibition.This project will expose a new audience of artists, students, scholars, and community members across Chicago to Kiwanga’s work, which is rarely shown in the United States, in particular within the context of a major solo presentation. Kiwanga produces works across installation, performance, and video that marry her training in anthropology and comparative religions with an interest in colonial histories, collective memory, and belief systems. Informed by French ethnographic traditions and popular culture, Kiwanga intentionally confuses truth and fiction in her work in order to unsettle hegemonic narratives and create spaces in which marginal and fantastical discourse can flourish.

Featuring sculpture, video and installation, Kiwanga’s exhibition at the Logan Center Gallery will pair existing and newly commissioned work within a specially designed gallery display inspired by cosmogonies from around the world. In a new work specifically produced for this occasion, Kiwanga will explore the relationship between language, space and translation in representations of the American Landscape from the birth of the nation to today.


Kapwani Kiwanga
Flowers for Africa: Nigeria, 2014
Galerie Jérôme Poggi, Paris
Photo : Aurélie Mole


The Artist’s Museum, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA)

November 16, 2016 to March 26, 2017

Curated by:
Dan Byers, Mannion Family Senior Curator, with Jeffrey De Blois, Curatorial Assistant.

With Pierre Leguillon and La Grande Evasion (The Great Escape) installation

The exhibition represents the first time that Leguillon’s work La grande évasion (The great escape), 2012, a collection of artworks and photographs of dancers with a lightshow and soundtrack by Amy Winehouse will be presented in the United States, to an audience of nearly 35,000 Boston residents and visitors.

The desire to collect objects and images of personal significance, and to make connections between them, is a nearly universal human experience. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, artists’ collections of artworks and artifacts have served as inspiration for their work, helping to create highly individualized models of their worlds. The Artist’s Museum departs from the impulse to collect and connect, bringing together photography, film, video, installation, sculpture, and sound works that use artworks, images, and history as material. The twelve artists in this exhibition address a constellation of issues such as gender, sexuality, technology, and digital culture, charting forms and themes across cultures and through time. La grande évasion by Pierre Leguillon will be on view throughout the run of the exhibition, with Leguillon visiting Boston in November to guide the installation of the piece. In addition, the ICA has also invited Leguillon to participate in a series of related public programs in March 2017. On the evening of March 2, free and open to the public, the ICA will host an iteration of its series The Artist’s Voice with Leguillon and other invited exhibition artists.

Artists in the show: Anna Craycroft, Rosa Barba, Christian Marclay, Carol Bove, Rachel Harrison, Mark Leckey, Pierre Leguillon.


Photo: Pierre Leguillon, La grande évasion (The Great Escape), 2012
Installation view, Pierre Leguillon: The Museum of Mistakes: Contemporary Art and Class Struggle, WIELS, Brussels, 2015. Courtesy WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels.
Photo: Sven Laurent
© 2016


"Language": The Manuscripts of Pierre Guyotat
Artists Space Books & Talks


Pierre Guyotat’s project can be said to be one of the acute dissolution of language. Railing against conventional form, he has manufactured a style that is in equal parts fragmented and syntactically complex. His published output is one of the most uncompromising of modern literature, and positions the French writer as an heir to de Sade,Bataille, Artaud and Genet. Philippe Sollers, founder of the journal Tel Quel, identified a direct correlation between Guyotat and de Sade, instantiated by the latter’s 1783 statement that “there is nothing as beautiful as sex and there is no salvation without it.” Guyotat’s writing is imbued with questions of sexuality and violence, and challenges normative bourgeois notions of morality through a provocative representation of libidinal desire. Avoiding any glorification of his subject matter for the sake of sensationalism, for Guyotat, sexuality doubles the role of language itself—again the simultaneous dissolution, and thus rehabilitation, of culture.

Guyotat’s manuscripts—often illuminating, if fraught, contestations between typed and handwritten language—offer significant insight to this process, characterized as they are byrevision, erasure, collapse and ultimately reinvention. This exhibition and program series at Artists Space Books & Talks will emphasize the importance of the manuscript as an exhibition object.


Gouache drawing from the cover of Éden, Éden, Éden (Éd. Gallimard, 1970)
Courtesy Fonds Pierre Guyotat (NAF 28094) de la Bibliothèque nationale de France


CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary ArtS

October 12, 2017 – February 24, 2018

Curated by Anthony Huberman

Mechanisms is a group exhibition that reflects on the way artists alter, disrupt, or invent mechanisms. The exhibition will feature several French artists, including Neïl Beloufa, Jean Luc Moulène, and other internationally-recognized artists.

Mechanisms comes at a critical point in the development of the careers of younger French artists. The Wattis Institute’s strong visibility within the American (and international) contemporary art community will provide a significant introduction of the artists’ work to a new American audience.
To accompany and enhance Mechanisms, the Wattis Institute will produce a wide variety of programs, including lectures, workshops, performances, and panel discussions. The program will also look backwards in time and highlight the perversions that artists have inserted into the work of engineers over the course of the past fifty years. Faculty-led workshops will be based around specific works in the exhibition; and artists will visit local classrooms and seminars for an even more in-depth dialogue. We plan to archive all of these events online with video and audio documentation, photography, and interviews with selected speakers, allowing the program to transmit to an international audience through the website.


Neïl Beloufa
Untitled, 2016
Steel, resin, pigment
Dimensions variable
© Neïl Beloufa




Leigh A. Arnold
Curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas

Sightings: Anne Le Troter
February 2015

“I was introduced to the work of Anne Le Troter at the 61st annual Salon de Montrouge this past May 2016. As a participant of Institut français’ Visual Arts FOCUS, I was granted access not only to a tour led by the Salon’s artistic director, Ami Barak, but I was also able to meet with several participating artists. I experienced Anne’s work before we formally met. Sitting in her sculpture, which doubles as object, I tuned into the quiet voices emanating from speakers concealed within the work. My French was still rusty, despite having spent several days in Paris, but slowly I began to grasp the narrative that her actors were voicing. The whispering tones, together with the furniture that resembled that which is commonly found in transportation terminals, gave me the sensation that I was invading a personal space with undefined boundaries. In the midst of the somewhat crowded and chaotic installation of the Salon, Anne’s work provided a moment of quiet respite and reflection.”

The Nasher has maintained a close relationship to the work of French artists through its involvement in the French Sculpture Census. Leigh A.Arnold seeks to expand her own involvement in French contemporary art. “I believe the collaboration with Anne would be mutually beneficial to both French and U.S. audiences as Anne would have the opportunity to work in a new language and U.S. audiences would be exposed to contemporary French art.”


Anne Le Trotter
L’appétence / The palatability, 2016
Installation view, salon de Montrouge
Grand prize salon de Montrouge 2016
In collaboration with ASMR : Final ASMR, Made in France ASMR, Miel ASMR, Mr Discrait, Sandra relaxation ASMR, The French Whisperer
Supported by ADAGP



Sylvie Auvray

August-September 2017

American Partner: Long Beach University, CA


Franck Leibovici

Law intensity conflicts
July, 27-September 10, 2017

American partner: Triple Canopy, New York


Stephanie Solinas

August-September 2017

Sedona (AZ), Menlo Park (CA),  San Francisco (CA)

American partner: Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco



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