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Evens Arts Prize 2002

Evens Arts Prize 2002
In 2002, the Evens Foundation launched its first Arts Prize, Community Art Collaboration. With this prize, the Foundation wished to stimulate reflection on issues related to new urban conditions, by participating in collective research projects in the urban laboratories that our cities and large suburban areas have become.

The selection committee, composed of internationally acclaimed art curators – Saskia Bos, Giliane Tawadros, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Sergio Risaliti – chose projects that questioned and re-invented what could be a new form of public space, a dynamic concept that takes account of uses, practices, negotiations and sharing among a wide range of cultural diversities, and enables an experience of ‘being together.’

The artists who participated in the contest included: Claude Closky, Mircea Cantor, Lara Favaretto, Alicia Framis, Fabrice Gygi, Jens Haaning, Robert Milin, Barthélemy Toguo, Uri Tzaig, and others.

Artistic director of the prize: Hou Hanru.

The jury

Saskia Bos, Jean Digne, Jochen Gerz, Hou Hanru, Charles Landry, Sergio Risaliti, Roemer van Toorn.

Winning project

Je & Nous (I & Us) – proposed by the Parisian collective Campement Urbain, composed of Sylvie Blocher, artist; François Daune, architect/urban planner; Josette Faidit, sociologist; Ursula Kurz, landscape specialist, and Regis Biecher, graphic artist.

Campement Urbain proposed creating in a zone of great urban tension – Sevran, in the northern suburbs of Paris – a place of ‘individual existence’ that would be open to everyone and under everybody’s protection; a fragile, non-productive space, where one can withdraw from the community, affirm one’s singularity, re-situate oneself as a citizen in the city, and in society (texts from Campement Urbain and Sevran citizens).

It is a project that is ‘utopian’ in a way, relying for implementation on dialogue, co-execution and co-management with the residents of the Beaudottes neighborhood. It excludes any kind of exploitation, instrumentalization or assistance. Far from being illustrative, it aims to stimulate action ‘from within’ and to experiment with new forms of responsibility and sharing.

The project was selected for presentation at the Venice Biennial in 2003 and at the Force de l’Art at the Grand Palais in Paris in 2006.

Catalogue: Community Art Collaboration 2002
This catalogue includes theoretical reflections about the significance and the possibilities of artistic interventions in today’s urban space. It also contains the candidate projects of the contest, including the winning project, Je & Nous (I & Us).
Texts from Hou Hanru, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Jacques Rancière, Bart De Baere
Editors: Hou Hanru, Germana Jaulin
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