Artist residencies at the CAIRN art center


Artist residencies


The CAIRN art center welcomes artists by invitation, for the production of artworks or exhibitions, and by call for applications for a research residency.

Financed thanks to the support of the DRAC – Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs – Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the residency is aimed at professional artists who wish to develop their approach in resonance with the multiple aspects of the Dignois territory: its geological and natural heritage, but also its history and recent developments. 

Supported by the art center’s team, the resident artist will have the opportunity to open his or her approach to contact with scientists and specialists in several disciplines. If the project requires it, the art center’s team also undertakes to liaise with schools, residents and local associations.

The artist in residency at the CAIRN is welcomed in a residence located in the Saint-Benoît park, in the Haute-Provence Geopark’s heart. This accommodation overlooks the Bléone valley and offers a view of the surrounding mountains. The setting of the residence allows the artist to discover the surrounding sites by offering an immersion in the landscape as well as a space for reflection, incubation and experimentation. 

The call for applications is launched at the end of the year and offers a fellowship for a 6-week residency.




Ongoing residencies :


Yamile VILLAMIL ROJAS – laureate of the 2019 call for applications


Yamile Villamil Rojas, Colombian artist and researcher living in France since 2013, is interested in collaborative practices in art and works more specifically around popular and secular rituals. Encounter is a fundamental dimension of her projects which question notions of identity, otherness, cultures and territories. Her approach is part of a participatory art history in which the idea is to create in the social space (and to be interested in its realities) rather than in the studio, collectively rather than in isolation. The work is not the fruit of the work of the artist alone, but that of a collaboration in the presence of the artist and volunteers.

In residency at CAIRN, she chose to start with the figure of the Minkas* in order to establish a “circle of speech and thought” with the inhabitants and/or interlocutors linked to the Dignois associative network and thus engage in a reflection on the body as “extension or avatar of the land we inhabit” (Yamile Villamil Rojas). The objective, according to the artist, is to question the way in which individual and collective memory builds a “refuge” through the body, the works, the objects, the archives but also through a certain ecology of the relationship. To bring out and (re)construct the memory of a territory by collaborating with its everyday actors to contribute to the reinvention of the collective’s possible forms and places.

* A gathering practice set up by the indigenous people on the American continent in which a community engages in a dialogue that must support individual and collective memory, weaving the fabric of a society or culture. (about the artist in her intention note)


Yamile Villamil Rojas was born in 1985 in Bogotá. She lives and works in Paris since 2014. Artist and researcher, she obtained a Master 1 in Aesthetics, Practice and History of Plastic Arts and a Master 2 in Media, Design and Contemporary Art at the University of Paris 8. Currently, Yamile Villamil Rojas is pursuing a PhD in Arts and Languages at EHESS in Paris and has completed several co-creation projects in France and Colombia. His projects have been presented in solo and group exhibitions such as Visions Magiques (José Celestino Mutis Botanical Garden – Bogotà), Ici & ailleurs (Espace Khiasma, Paris), Papier Machine (Levi Strauss Library, Paris). Yamile Villamil Rojas conducts “creative mediations” (Nous ne sommes pas le nombre que nous croyez être, Béton salon centre d’art et de recherche, Paris) and regularly intervenes in publications and as a lecturer (museums and cultural centres in France and Colombia).


The restitution of Yamile Villamil Rojas’ residence is scheduled for the summer of 2020. More information coming soon.



© Yamile Villamil Rojas_research residency CAIRN art center 2019




  •  Laetitia JEURISSEN & Fabrizio TERRANOVA – laureates of the 2020 call for applications


Laetitia Jeurissen (b. 1989, Belgium) is an artist and curator who lives and works in Mexico City. Her interests in feminism and postcolonial studies in particular, as well as her desire to create networks of affinities and collaborations in the world of contemporary art between different disciplines have led her to organize several projects. She is co-founder of Aztlan in 2015, a platform for interdisciplinary research and conferences. In 2016, Laetitia Jeurissen founded Squash Editions, a series of curatorial proposals that take place on a Squash court in Mexico City. She has created several publications, organized exhibitions and worked in the field of archives for renowned galleries and art collections. She has won several grants and awards for her projects (Flemish Government grant, Mexican government grant for foreign artists, Beca Adidas Border and P.A.C.). In her artistic practice, she works mainly in the field of video and photography. She is currently developing Octopi, a quarterly magazine focusing on the practices of care and re-enchantment, the first issue is planned for the summer of 2020.


Fabrizio Terranova (b. 1971, Italy) lives and works in Brussels. He is an artist, filmmaker, activist, and professor at ERG (School of Graphic Research) in Brussels where he initiated and co-directs the Master’s Degree in Storytelling and Experimentation/Speculative Narrative. He is best known for his film Donna Haraway, Story Telling for Earthly Survival (2016), which has been internationally distributed (Anthology Film Archives – New York, KunstenFestivaldesArts – Brussels, Tate Modern – London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam). He has published Les Enfants du compost in the collective book Gestes spéculatifs (Les Presses du réel, 2015) and Pour un film chien in the collective book Habiter le trouble with Donna Haraway (Editions du Dehors, 2019). He is also a founding member, with Vinciane Despret, Emilie Hermant, Isabelle Stengers of DingDingDong – Institute for the co-production of knowledge on Huntington’s disease for which he recently directed Absolute Beginners (2019, IFFR, International Film Festival – Rotterdam, DOK – Leipzig). His first film, Josée Andrei, An Insane Portrait (2010) was followed by a book published by Éditions du souffle.


A monster with two heads
The project will be the first collaboration between filmmaker Fabrizio Terranova and curator Laetitia Jeurissen, born of their interest and love for feminist science fiction, speculative fabulation and a pointillist and energetic art of portraiture of characters and situations on the margins. A conviction of the formal and sensitive necessities of any political commitment. The starting point for this collaboration is a shared passion for the relevance of Butler’s Parables. The desire to transform a science-fiction book into a film-investigation, for which the territory and context of Digne-les-Bains will open up as a possible scenography, a place of mutation for the future imagined by Octavia Butler*.


A free adaptation, a film-investigation / Border territories and refuges / Digne-les-Bains – refuge zone / A collective methodology / An experimental restitution.


The Parable of the Trickster ** is the title given by Octavia Butler * to the third volume – never published – of the science-fiction trilogy of Parables. The first two volumes (Parable of the Sower, Parable of Talent) tell the story of Lauren Olamina, a 16-year-old African-American teenager trying to survive in a near future devastated by the consequences of capitalism and its corollary, global warming. The forced migration of Lauren and the inhabitants of her Californian home village to the North of the United States, where the promise of a more sustainable life encourages them to make this dangerous journey, is recorded in a diary, which is at the same time the collection of a philosophical-spiritual thought called “Earth-seed”, convinced that humans need other kinds of stories and thoughts to ensure life on earth.

Our project proposes the free adaptation of this third mysterious part of the African-American feminist writer in the form of a documentary in three chapters and a restitution of the research work. This film-investigation will be carried out on three border territories of the globe: Digne-les-Bains, the border between Mexico and the United States, and Turkey.

Three frontier places, three singular stories, three cultures, three refuge areas on which to articulate fragments of a singular reality and fabulations from a work of fiction that takes into account the urgency of composing in a world in profound change. Pieces of the world traversed by transformations, migratory flows of all kinds and all species, but also refuge zones in order to reinvent a liveable world.


* Octavia Butler, born in Pasadena in 1947, long considered one of the best known women in the field of science fiction, Octavia E. Butler became famous in 1979 with Kindred, the story of a young girl who travels through time and meets her slave ancestors. Winner of the 1984 and 1985 Hugo Prize in the short story category and the 1994 Nebula Prize for The Parable of Talent, as well as the prestigious MacArthur Grant “Genius” award, she is the first science fiction writer to receive this distinction. Octavia E. Butler passed away in 2006 in Seattle at the age of 59.


** The figure of the “Trickster” or the Coyote, coming from Native American cultures, is a troublemaker, a kind of complement to the civilized or conformist individual, devil’s advocate. He is a figure of “non-innocence”, he “seems to force problems to unfold, to explore unexpected and imperceptible folds, to create discomfort without however paralysing action and thought” as the philosopher Vinciane Despret describes it to us.



Fabrizio Terranova & Laetitia Jeurissen_résidence CAIRN 2020

Text extracted from the note of intent by Laetitia Jeurissen & Fabrizio Terranova