Recipients of the Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency in Paris

Summer 2015 Resident: Lara Atallah is a New York-based artist interested in the role of photographic archives in the construction of historical narratives. In 2013, she started an ongoing project titled Tales of a Non-Country, which looks into the complex recent history of Lebanon. She holds an MFA in Photography from Parsons The New School for Design (2014), and has had her work exhibited in the U.S. and internationally.

Tales of a Non-Country started in 2013 is centered on the exploration of the disputed history of Lebanon. It has so far translated itself into multiple chapters that each take on a different visual language, from found photographs to still lives, slide projections to the documentation of the country's day to day.

The two months of the Georgia Fee residency in Paris will inaugurate a new chapter of the project focused on building an archive of testimonies from the Lebanese diaspora in Paris. With a heavy history that includes a 15-year civil war (1975-1990), it is estimated that 225,000 expats have elected France as their new home in the past few decades. Considering France's colonial history in Lebanon, these narratives would be framed in a context that traces the country's crisis back to the beginning of the twentieth century.


Press release and Summer 2015 Residency Shortlist




Winter 2015 Resident: Brett Day Windham (born Cambridge, England, raised Providence, Rhode Island) is a multidisciplinary artist working with sculpture, installation and collage. She received a BFA from Hampshire College and an MFA in Sculpture from RISD. Her work has been included in shows around the US, including The Chace Center at the RISD Museum (Providence), Tompkins Projects West (Los Angeles), Cave (Detroit), Lu Magnus (NY), Brooklyn Fireproof (NY), Gallery Project (Ann Arbor), 808 Gallery (Boston), Samsøn Projects (Boston), University of Maine Museum of Art (Bangor), and RMCAD (Denver). Windham received a Dean’s fellowship while at RISD, and was nominated for the Joan Mitchell MFA Grant that same year. Residencies she has attended include The Select Fair Residency in 2014 (New York), The Chrysler Museum Glass Studio in 2013 (Norfolk, Virginia), TSKW in 2010 (Key West, Florida), Cascina Remondenca in 2009 (Chiaverano, Italy), and Penland in 2005 (Penland, North Carolina). Her work has been discussed in Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Whitewall Magazine, Her Royal Majesty, The Dinner Party and The Bangor Daily News.

Windham uses color and composition to organize collections of natural, commercial and industrial remnants into multi-disciplinary works which confer a sense of mysticism and ritual. Specific sets of objects (as varied as discarded dime bags, broken earbuds, mussel shells, feathers, floor sweepings and bound and recycled magazines) hold totemic powers: she is interested in the anthropological stories they tell. Over time, she accumulates these materials from such varied sources as sidewalks, the floors of other artist's studios, or from nature: these time-based collections are then used as components for assembled sculptures, or are photographed, printed, cut and manipulated for collages.


Press release and Winter 2015 Residency Shortlist




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. Each year, one ArtSlant Writer is 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.


2015Himali Singh Soin writes looking out of Euclid’s window. In her text objects, she invents cosmologies to wormhole our way out of our own morphologies, multiverses in which time has and is of no consequence. Here, the world is ontological without us in it. Her poems have been published in anthologies and hung in various spaces around the world. She is currently on The Charles Wallace India Trust fellowship, completing an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths in London.  

At the Georgia Fee Writers Residency this spring In Paris, Himali will utilize the romantic cliches of Paris and excavate its less probable, scientific desires. From the Le Parc de la Villette to Le Grand Arch, her lines will be made of hypercubes, topologies, tangles and swerves. When Hausmann planned Paris as a city full of stars, center quadrants giving way to five radiating promenades, a city of lights, he did not foresee its particular wave-like symmetry. In Paris, city of love, Himali speculates whether its most magical romance might be found in its mathematics.



2014James Pepper Kelly, a Chicago-based writer for ArtSlant amongst many other things, took up residence for the month of December, 2014. 

Using four different popular French mystery and police procedural novels as primary source material, Kelly investigated the art historical and cultural Parises of the 1860s, the 1900s, the mid 1950s-1960s, and the 2010s. These works of popular fiction relied on barometers of contemporary culture and psychology. Moreover, Kelly utilized these books’ narrative structures and strategies in his own written reports. For example, claustrophobia and charts, important elements of Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux’s Le mystére de la chambre jaune (1907), was used to describe Kelly’s investigations of Fauvism and the early years of Cubism in early 20th century Paris. The gritty, hardboiled atmosphere of Léo Malet’s Les Rat des Montsouris (1955) acted as a lens for his pursuit of art brut, Fluxus, and Nouveau realisme in the postwar metropolis.




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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