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Current and Former Residents of the Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency and ArtSlant Staff Writer Residency:



Summer 2014 Resident: Born in the U.S., Sara Shaoul was raised in Hong Kong, Singapore, the Ivory Coast and Japan. In 2009, she began focusing on visual art as the natural integration of her studies in art history and cultural anthropology and her experience as a musician and a photo editor. Her practice explores the scaffolds of human interaction and experience, from bureaucratic institutions to the family. She creates installation, performance, audio and video, often in combination, and is focused on how personal narratives intersect with social history.

About the project: My project takes as a starting point the growing presence in the middle class American consciousness of a structured binary relationship between the French woman and the American woman. Perhaps jump-started by the success of the best selling book French Women Don’t Get Fat, in 2004, magazine articles, books, blog posts, and other forms of popular media have increasingly positioned the French woman as a kind of “other” who has completely avoided the minefield of neuroses most American women are in some way navigating.

I am fascinated by the location of this binary in the female body - its self-care, its sexual, reproductive and parenting experiences, and its relationship to other bodies and to the state. The material of my work will be the visual and ideological collection of truths, myths, fantasies, and projections that I have been collecting in the U.S. and will now have the opportunity to research in France. How do French women view themselves with respect to these bodily terms, and how they construct or consider the American woman, if at all? I will be creating drawings, sculpture, audio, video and text pieces that explore this complex intersection point of history, feminism, cultural codes, and social, economic and political systems


Press release and Summer 2014 Residency Shortlist




Winter 2014 Resident: Raheleh Saneie is an Iranian-Canadian photo, video and performance artist. Rah was born in Iran in 1985 during the Iran-Iraqi war and immigrated to Canada at the age of five. Rah graduated from the University of Ottawa, where she completed a B.F.A. with a minor in Women Studies in 2013. Rah won the SAW Video award in 2012 for her video “Oriental Drag.” She also won the Ottawa Art Gallery Graduating Student Award of Excellence in 2013 for her videos “Self Portrait” and “ Oriental Tutorial.” Recently, Rah has been invited and commissioned by the Williams College Museum of Art to create a performance in response to Diana Abu-Jaber’s book, Crescent. Further, Rah was the only Iranian-Canadian artist in SAW Galleries Ciphers: Tension with Tradition in Contemporary Iranian Photography which was curated by PhD, Andrea D. Fitzpatrick and was a first-of-its-kind exhibition of Iran’s most critically acclaimed lens-based artists. Rah currently lives in Montreal and her work has been published and exhibited internationally in USA, Iran, China, Berlin, London, and England.

About the project: Raheleh (Rah) Saneie will focus on producing a video piece that will stimulate a dialogue about contemporary political issues surrounding the veil. This garment worn by women to show religious affiliation in Islamic countries is a contentious cultural and political issue and has been the subject of political repressions and cultural appropriation. In previous video and performance works, Rah has created a fictional character that uses a comedic approach to address these issues in an inclusive and accessible way. She wishes to further develop this character. In addition to the video production, she will maintain a blog throughout the residency, featuring photographs, short videos, and writings about her characters’ experiences as an Iranian-Canadian woman in Parisian society.


Press release and Winter 2014 Residency Shortlist




Summer 2013 Resident: Lucy Maria (b. 1986) is a visual artist based in London. Graduating from Camberwell School of Arts in 2010 with a BA Hons in Photography, she has since pursued her interest in the fields of photography and design via various positions in both creative publishing and image curation, as well as continuing to focus on her own photographic practice.

Her first publication, "You speak too fast for me," is scheduled for release in 2013.

About the project: "You speak too fast for me" is a compendium of images concerning the dual ideas of being lost in translation through both cultural and personal relationships. Comprised of autobiographical photographs taken in France during various trips in 2011-2013, undergone during a difficult period of physical illness, the book reflects upon the paradoxical nature of intimacy and distance occurring alongside each other in the everyday; it also highlights the changes experienced when noticing and documenting the ephemeral in a different culture.

Ultimately, "You speak too fast for me" addresses the ways in which displacement and alienation (through both cultural difference and bodily illness) can manifest as positive creative forces. At its core is the dichotomy presented by a sensation of distance from a place, that is accompanied by an integration into its culture via intrapersonal relationships.


Press release and Summer 2013 Residency Shortlist



ArtSlant Staff Writer Residency: As part of our commitment to supporting the careers of talented, emerging arts writers, ArtSlant established a residency for ArtSlant Staff Writers. Every year one ArtSlant Writer will be chosen to take up residence in the Paris apartment for a one month period to discover the Paris art scene and work on a special project or publication.


2013: Christina Catherine Martinez is a writer and blogger based in Los Angeles. Her work seeks out hidden parallels between social and artistic practices, often using art history and fashion history as devices to talk about, and talk to, one another. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature and Art History from the University of California, Berkeley. 

About the project: FOR SHOW is a slightly tongue-in-cheek artist book that will be part memoir, part theoretical text, and part how-to guide for the aspiring fashion blogger. Themes of French Impressionism, Haussmannization, the construction of the Eiffel Tower, and the mythology of Parisian Chic will be used to examine the fashion blog: a uniquely 21st century phenomenon combining social, economic, technological, and artistic practices that (mainly) young women use in concert to construct a Self, and in the process a vast interconnected system of social tribes that occlude the online / "real life" divide.





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