¡ Viva Villa ! festival

Next edition:
11th November 2022 – 12th February 2023
Lambert Collection in Avignon
Victorine Grataloup, curator of the 2022 edition of ¡Viva Villa!
Stéphane Ibars, executive artistic director of the Lambert Collection and curator of the 2022 edition of the ¡Viva Villa! festival


The ¡Viva Villa! festival was created in 2016 on the initiative of Casa de Velázquez in Madrid, Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto and the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici. It was born of a common desire to create a regular event presented in France and to bring together the artists, creators and researchers hosted by these three French institutions located abroad.

After five editions presented in Paris, Marseille and Avignon, the festival has taken on a new impulse in 2021 and has reinvented its format: the multidisciplinary collective exhibition bringing together the residents of the three institutions will now take place every two years. This biennial event will showcase the work of two classes of artists, creators and researchers from each residency, representing between 50 and 70 talents.

In 2022, the event will take place at the Lambert Collection in Avignon, which will become an associate partner for this pilot edition of the biennial artists’ residency. The exhibition as well as the associated cultural programme (film cycle, live performances) will be conceived by a curatorial duo: Stéphane Ibars, executive artistic director of the Lambert Collection, will co-curate the 2022 edition alongside Victorine Grataloup, a curator selected in March 2021 following an international call for applications.

Alternating with the biennial editions, ¡Viva Villa! will organise an event in Paris dedicated to professional exchanges and networking between artists, observers and actors in the cultural sector, whether public or private. This professional and cultural initiative is part of a consolidated approach to supporting creators in their post-residency journey, based on a collaborative approach between cultural structures.

The ¡Viva Villa! festival thus cultivates its resolutely multidisciplinary approach while taking the time, in its renewed form, to make visible the scope and potential of contemporary creation and to accentuate the dialogue between places, temporalities and artistic languages.

More information: https://www.vivavilla.info/


The curators of the 2022 edition:


Victorine Grataloup is a curator and researcher, co-founder of the artistic exchange, research and translation platform Qalqalah قلقلة (with Virginie Bobin) as well as the curatorial collective Le Syndicat Magnifique (with Thomas Conchou, Anna Frera and Carin Klonowski). She studied art history and theory at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS, Paris), the Humboldt Universität (Berlin) and the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, where she now teaches art economics, and worked at the Palais de Tokyo, KADIST, Bétonsalon – Centre d’art et de recherche and the Cneai before becoming a freelance exhibition curator. Her work is transdisciplinary and collaborative, at the intersection of artistic, political and social issues.

In 2020-2021, she is a laureate of the curatorial research grant of the Centre national des arts plastiques with a project on the acquisitions of artists from the Maghreb, the Mashreq and the Arabian Peninsula, and works in parallel with the École des Actes, an experimental cultural micro-institution working between languages from the situation of Aubervilliers and Seine-Saint-Denis.

Stéphane Ibars joined the Lambert Collection team in 2006 to develop communication, cultural programming (symposiums, conferences, film screenings, meetings, readings, concerts, music festivals), the place of dance-performance and various partnerships with regional, national and international cultural structures. He then became one of its curators and is currently its executive artistic director.

At the same time, he teaches contemporary art history, aesthetics and the history of countercultures in various universities (Nîmes, Montpellier, Avignon), at the École Supérieure d’Art d’Avignon, and develops an independent curatorial activity through which he questions the links between contemporary art and countercultures. His objects of study are: the emergence of the new American avant-gardes in the 1960s-1970s and their influence on the art of the last 40 years; the alternative New York scenes in the 1980s-1990s; feminist artistic practices; the relationship between contemporary art scenes and countercultures. Some exhibitions at the Lambert Collection: Je reflèterai ce que tu es (intimacy in the Lambert Collection); De leur Temps 6, Collectionner au XXIe siècle (ADIAF), Basquiat Remix (Basquiat, Picasso, Matisse, Twombly); Miryam Haddad, Le sommeil n’est pas un lieu sûr ; Various Days (Delgado + Fuchs, Zimoun); Francesco Vezzoli, Le lacrime dei poeti (Francesco Vezzoli looks at Cy Twombly, Louise Lawler, Giulio Paolini) ; Claire Tabouret, Les veilleurs ; Knusa / Insert Coins (Cindy Van Acker, Christian Lutz) ; Mémoires sauvées du vent (Young graduates from the graduate school of Marseille, Arles, Avignon); Amos Gitai, Chronique d’un assassinat annoncé ; Lawrence Weiner, De l’autre côté du fleuve ; as well as the hanging of the collection.


Previous editions:

2020 Edition

2019 Edition

2018 Edition

2017 Edition

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