May 2, 2014: ArtSlant is very pleased to announce the Summer 2014 resident, Brooklyn-based visual artist and recent Hunter College MFA graduate Sara Shaoul. Sara will take up residence in Paris during July and August, 2014. Sara was selected from a large pool of very talented artists and writers spanning many disciplines. These fifteen excellent candidates were selected to participate in interviews with our selection panel before a consensus was reached.
The Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency is a biannual, two month residency in the beautiful Montparnasse neighborhood of Paris. During these two months, the resident will have studio visits with prominent Parisian arts professionals provided by our strategic partner, Residency Unlimited. The application period for the Winter 2015 term of the residency will open in mid-July, 2014.
About the artist: 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.
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.
Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Winter 2014 Resident
We are pleased to announce that Raheleh "Rah" Saneie will present the video work, Oreo, which she completed during the residency, at this year's Cutlog New York art fair on the Lower East Side during Frieze Week.
Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Summer 2013 Resident
Lucy Maria's book, You speak too fast for me, is now moving into final stages of production. The film that accompanies the project, 1. 1.87, is now completed and will be released concurrently with the book.
The Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency is a strategic partner of Residency Unlimited
Residency Unlimited (RU) is a not for profit art organization that fosters highly customized residencies through strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions. Moving beyond the traditional studio model, RU supports local and international artists and curators at all levels of their career, and is particularly committed to promoting multidisciplinary practices and to building lasting connections between residents and the broader arts community.