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2023 Residency Program

MEP – Collection Gervanne + Matthias Leridon – Cité internationale des arts

from 17 November to 04 December 2022

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The call for applications for the 2023 edition of the "MEP – Collection Gervanne + Matthias Leridon – Cité internationale des arts" program is closed. 
The results will be announced in mid-January 2023.

Created by Gervanne and Matthias Leridon in collaboration with the MEP and the Cité internationale des arts, the MEP – Collection Gervanne + Matthias Leridon Collection - Cité internationale des arts Residency programme is destined for emerging artists and dedicated to African photography.

The purpose of this residency is to support young African artists and to highlight practices that explore new forms of photography. The aim is also to promote artists’ mobility to enable them to share their work and expand their artistic and professional networks.

With this programme the Collection Gervanne + Matthias Leridon and its partners commit themselves to support the laureate's project by offering him/her special guidance and a three-month residency in the centre of Paris. 



All the details on the programme and how to apply are here below (please read them carefully before sending your application). 





The residency

The recipient will be granted:

• a three-month artistic residency, from March 03 to May 26, 2023, at the Cité internationale des arts, in a studio with a work station and furnished living quarters (bedroom, shower, kitchen, wifi), located in the heart of Paris, and near the MEP;

• a specific artistic and professional accompaniment: access to the networks and documentary resources of the three partners. 

The programme includes:

• International transportation to and from Paris with a VISA and travel insurance;

• a grant for living expenses: 1 500 euros /month;

• a production grant: 1 500 euros;

• a presentation event, to be defined according to the laureate's project. 


Eligibility requirements

To apply, the photographer must:

• be a national and resident of an African country

• be between 18 and 40 years old

• be able to provide proof of professional artistic activity for at least three years

• have already developed one or more creative photographic projects (exhibition, publication, etc) 




Open Call: 

From November 17 to December 04, 2022 



Mid-January 2023



From March 03 to May 26, 2023 


How to Apply?

Candidates’ files must contain the following elements:• Formulaire d’inscription en ligne dûment rempli (NB : attention, vous devez avoir un compte Google).

• completed online application form (NB: you must have a Google account) 

• a detailed resume

a portfolio of photographic projects already finished

a text presenting the project proposed for the artistic residency 




The selection will be made by a jury of professionals, with the directors of the three partner institutions, and a specialist invited for the program.

The portfolios and residency projects will be judged on the quality of the work, its artistic coherence, and the necessity of its realization in Paris.


The live-in studio

The studio varies from 25 to 60m2. Application for collaborating duos can’t be accepted, but the laureate can come accompanied by an adult and/or a child under 7, for an additional fee, at the artist's expense.

In terms of accessibility, the Cité internationale des arts is not fully equipped to welcome people with disabilities. 

The Maison Européenne de la Photographie - MEP 

Located in the heart of Paris in the historic Marais district, the MEP is an institution dedicated to photography. Its programming reflects its openness to current practices and new aesthetics by presenting exhibitions of artists of international stature and its commitment to emerging creation. Supported by the City of Paris, the MEP also houses a vast collection of post-war photographs and one of the largest specialized libraries in Europe. 


The Leridon Collection

The Gervanne + Matthias Leridon Collection is the result of a deep human adventure. It is a story of passion, encounters, aesthetic impulses, and artistic choices. Comprised of several thousand pieces, this collection is a reference in the art world.
Discerning art lovers, Gervanne and Matthias Leridon are keen to share with as many people as possible the passion that drives them, and the sincere and personal commitment they have to each of the artists of the African continent. To discover their collection is to open oneself to the unexpected, to dive into a true artistic exploration of the diversity of contemporary African creation.

Aware and defensors of the fact that Africa is the continent of tomorrow, Gervanne and Matthias Leridon have never ceased to commit themselves to these artists who think the world, who enlighten it, question it and liberate it. Passionate, you will meet them crisscrossing the continent to unearth new talents, visiting the places of creation of these committed artists, and exchanging with each of them.

Africa is the future. 


The Cité internationale des arts

The Cité internationale des arts is an artist residency that brings together over 300 artists in the heart of Paris and allows them to implement a creative or research project in all disciplines.

From two months to a year, the Cité internationale des arts allows artists to work in a favourable environment for artistic creation, and to meet art professionals. The Cité internationale des arts’ team also provides artists in residence with individual support.

In the Marais or in Montmartre, the live-in studios (spaces for living and creating) allow artists in residence to cohabit with more than 300 other artists and art professionals of all generations, nationalities, and disciplines. In collaboration with its many partners, the Cité internationale des arts opens several calls for applications on specific themes and/or projects throughout the year. 

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