Région Sud Prize
Since its beginnings, Art-o-rama has been committed to participating in the professionalization of young artists and allows them to encounter different actors of the art world – curators, gallery owners, critics, collectors…
Each year with the Région Sud Prize, Art-o-rama offers visibility to the young creation from Art Schools of the Région Sud, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The Show-room section highlights the work of 4 artists selected by a curator. The curator accompanies them in their exhibition project, produces a critical text and introduces the artists to the gallery owners and publishers participating in the fair, who will then be invited to vote for the winner of the Région Sud Prize of the year.
The following year, this artist will benefit from an exhibition space in the main section of Art-o-rama following a two-months residency within the Moly-Sabata / Albert Gleizes Foundation. The artist will be the recipient of a 2000€ production grant and a catalog will be published.
Since 2021, the Show-room artists benefit from a new residency program created by a regional network of art centers and venues from the Région. Prior to the fair, the artists are invited for a summer residency at the 3 bis f art center in Aix en Provence. The 3 non-winning artists will then each partake in one of the following residencies: Centre d’Arts Plastiques Fernand Léger de Port-de-Bouc, Centre d’Art Contemporain de Châteauvert et Voyons-Voir, art contemporain & territoire.
The FCAC (Fonds Communal d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Marseille) is also committed to acquire each year at least one work by an artist from the Show-room.
The Région Sud Prize often stands as a first experience for artists in a commercial environment of international scope and allows the galleries participating in Art-o-rama to discover artists who were formed in our region. It is a real platform of professionalization putting forward their work to a large public, as much amateur as professional. It is an opportunity for meetings, often sales and first collaborations with galleries. Thus, mountaincutters, guest artists in 2021, will be exhibited in May 2022 at the Suprainfinit gallery in Bucharest.
In order to apply please send before January 31 2022 by email to email@example.com a pdf file with a maximum of 15 pages including
Flore Saunois – 2022 guest artist
In her installations, sound pieces, performances, and publications, Flore Saunois explores the materiality of language. The act of naming makes things real; her works reveal an interest for the conditions of their appearance, and, likewise, their disappearance.
To draw out the fleetingness of an object, an event, or phenomenon; to sketch out the contours of possibilities; these are all means of evoking and questioning their conditions of existence.
Often of a discreet and modest appearance, the deceptive simplicity of these works is continuously thwarted by a playful irony. Ontological and metaphysical questions take form through the tautologies and the tiny gaps where the border between representation and reality seems to oscillate.
Her work offers a rereading of the principles of conceptual art, playfully exploring the gap between the trivial and the extraordinary, finding latent poetry in the derisory.
Flore Saunois (1987, Pertuis) graduated from the Universität der Künste Berlin (BFA – 2012), from the Conservatory of Theater of Rome (BA Acting – 2014), the University of Paris 8 (MA Theater and performance studies – 2016) and the Beaux-Arts de Marseille (MFA – 2018).
Her work has been broadcasted on France Culture (Creation On Air) (FR), (2017) ; presented during APA (A performance Affair – Art fair), Brussels (BE), at MAC (Musée d’Art Contemporain de Marseille) (FR), at the Institut Français of Hamburg (DE), Collection Lambert, Avignon (FR), (2019) ; at the MAMC+ (Museum of Modern and Art St-Etienne Métropole – Biennale ArtPress) (FR), as part of Manifesta 13 (Friche la Belle de Mai and Galerie des Grands Bains Douche) (FR), during Actoral (Festival international des arts et des écritures contemporaines) (FR), (2020) ; at La BF15, Lyon (FR), at 3bisf, Aix-en-Pce (FR), during Art-O-Rama (Region Sud Prize winner), Marseille (FR), (2021). She is currently in residence at the Ateliers d’Artistes de la Ville de Marseille. Her texts have been published by CipM (Centre International de Poésie), Novo, and Éditions Extensibles.
Aude Christel Mgba – 2022 curator
Aude Christel Mgba is an independent curator and art historian based between Cameroon and the Netherlands. She was a participant of the De Appel 2018/19 curatorial Program.
Aude engages with decoloniality through research projects and the creation of platforms that aim to transcribe, translate, and embody ancestral knowledge. Her curatorial experiences include collaborations that question forms of making and showing art that tends to be centered between art institutions and art workers. She is more interested in collaboration that expands beyond those spaces to embrace different communities.
In 2017, Aude worked as an assistant curator for the SUD2017, an international triennial of art in the public space, organized by doual’art, a center for contemporary art, for the city of Douala. Since 2019, she has been working as the co-curator of sonsbeek20->24, an international exhibition in the city of Arnhem under the Artistic direction of Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung. In 2010-2021, Aude conducted My learning is affected by the conditions of my life, a research symposium commissioned by ARTEZ Studium Generale, that was looking into art education from an historical perspective that took as cases study West Africa before and after colonization.
Aude is curator of 2021 curated project of ART X LAGOS.
Previous Guest Artists
2019 Jonathan Vidal
2018 Delphine Wibaux
2017 Sabrina Belouaar
2016 Rafaela Lopez
2015 Vincent Ceraudo
2014 Sergio Verastegui
2013 Yann Gerstberger
2012 Caroline Duchatelet
2011 Sandro Della Noce
2010 Pascal Martinez
2009 Émilie Perotto
2008 Julien Bouillon
2007 Arnaud Maguet et Olivier Millagou