Alexandre Ayivi

C&D Residence

The Cité internationale des arts and the Fondation Culture & Diversité are launching the first edition of the Résidence C&D, a residency program designed to support a young creator each year in the realization of his first artistic projects.



The C&D Residency is specifically aimed at young graduates who have participated in Equal Opportunities programmes run by the Culture & Diversity Foundation in conjunction with partner grandes Ecoles de la Culture, in order to promote their professional integration.

For four months, the resident receives a housing workshop, support for creation, a life grant and a production grant to carry out his artistic project in the best conditions. Finally, the young creator will be invited to present his works during an exhibition.


Key figures

4 months of residence in a housing workshop from January to April 2019

1 winner each year, under 30 years of age

1 Life Exchange

1 Production exchange


The 2019 laureate

Alexandre Ayivi is a young artist who expresses himself mainly through silkscreen printing. Having graduated in 2015 from the Ecole nationale supérieure d'art de Bourges, he continued his studies in Brussels at the Ecole nationale supérieure des arts visuels de La Cambre with an engraving option. A 2018 finalist for the Laurent Moonens Foundation Prize, his work generally questions the African man in his contemporary history. Between reality and fiction, new stories are created and anticipate "probable fictions" in a desire for change in the African continent.


The jury

The jury of the Residence C&D met to select the laureate is composed of :

- Bénédicte Alliot, Director General of the Cité internationale des arts

- Corinne Loisel, Head of Cultural Programming, Cité internationale des arts

- Riason Naidoo, Curator, South African writer and artist in residence at the Cité internationale arts

- Saïd Berkane, Deputy Executive Director, Culture & Diversity Foundation

- Marine Tholliez, Project Manager, Culture & Diversity Foundation


The partners

The C&D Residence is jointly set up by the Cité internationale des arts and the Fondation Culture & Diversité.


Fondation Culture & Diversité

Created in 2006 by Marc Ladreit de Lacharrière, the Fondation Culture & Diversité, Fimalac's corporate foundation, aims to promote access to the arts and culture for young people from modest backgrounds. To this end, the Culture & Diversity Foundation develops and implements, with its partners, programmes to promote equal opportunities in access to higher cultural and artistic studies. These programmes make it possible to follow students over the very long term, from preparation for competitions to support during their higher education studies up to their professional integration.

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