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«Eco-responsibility in Visual Arts Institutions around the World, What Kind of Experience for the Artists?»

Conference organised by ElaineAlain / ADAGP between Anne-Sophie Braud, Nathalie Guiot, Renaud Sabari and the two artist Sara Ouhaddou and Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro, moderated by Anissa Touati.


«Eco-responsibility in Visual Arts Institutions around the World, What Kind of Experience for the Artists?»

Through feedback from artists and directors of institutions, this Talk will provide an opportunity to review examples of current sustainable development practices at work, in contemporary practices in contemporary art venues in Europe and beyond ; what new production and exhibition methods does this eco-responsibility dynamic offers to the artists ? Isn’t this current involvment leading institutions in the art world towards new models ?

Proposed by ElaineAlain / ADAGP in partnership with Paris Internationale

ElaineAlain offers a multitude of perspective from international art critics and exhibition curators, featuring news about artists from the French art scene. Through an Instagram account and an eponymous Website, the idea of ElaineAlain project is to provide an overview of the prolific diversity of the visual art scene in France. A framework established by the ADAGP to promote visibility and recognition of the French art scene abroad, the ElaineAlain project was launched in October 2018 during the Marcel Duchamp Prize ceremony at Centre Pompidou, with the support from private and public partners ADIAF, Fondation des Artsites, Pernod Ricard Foundation, Comité professionnel des galleries d’art, Institut français, French ministry of Culture and some artists members of the ADAGP.

Institut français, Deputy director of Mobility and International Events

Anne-Sophie Braud joined the Institut français in 2020, first as Head of the Digital and Audiovisual Creation Department, then as Deputy Director of Mobilities and International Events. This department designs and implements large-scale cultural events (Cultural Seasons, French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, etc.) and supports mobility and residency programs for artists and cultural professionals (ICC immersion program, Villa Kujoyama, etc.).
She previously worked in the cultural development department of local authorities, then for ten years for the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, within the French cultural network abroad (French Institute in Tunisia; cultural attaché and deputy director of the French Institute in Croatia) and as head of the cultural and creative industries and cultural expertise mission in the central administration.

Founder and Director of Thalie Foundation

Nathalie Guiot is founder and president, of THalie Foundation. She is an author, publisher and curator. She founded Anabet Editions in the 2000s and in 2012, created Thalie Art Project, an association that produces artistic and performative encounters which has become a foundation with an exhibition space, an art collection and a residency program in Brussels. Nathalie Guiot is a member of the International Circle and of the Design acquisition Committee at the Centre Pompidou, a member of the Visual Arts acquisition Committee for the CNAP, a member of the Committee selection of the Art & Science residency program of the Tara Océan Foundation, and an active patron of other cultural institutions in Belgium. Since 2022, she has also been a member of the Scientific Committee of the Eco-design & Creation Chair at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.


Sara Ouhaddou studied at the École Olivier De Serres Paris. She has participated in the exhibition : Moroccan Trilogy (2021), Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Global resistance (2020), Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, Manifesta Biennial, Trait-Union, Marseille (2020), Our World is burning, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2020) Islamic Art festival, Sharjah (2017-2018) Crafts Becomes Modern, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Germany (2017); Marrakech Biennale, Morocco, (2016) and also participated to the following programs and residencies : IASPIS Stockholm (2021/2022), Art Explora x La cité Internationale des Arts (2021) and La cité Internationale des Arts x Daniel and Nina Carasso (2020/2021). She is represented by the Polaris gallery, Paris.


A graduate of the École des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux (DNSEP) and the California College of Arts in San Francisco, Renaud Sabari founded ARTER (formerly APC AIA) in 2004. As independent producer since 1998, Renaud Sabari first worked with a generation of French and European designers before taking part in international projects in the fields of visual arts, architecture and design. Since the creation of ARTER, he has led more than three hundred artistic projects, cultural events, monographic or thematic exhibitions in France and abroad. From 2016 onwards, his personal convictions reversed the agency’s paradigm and steered it towards a strong ecological commitment. The creation of ATNA at the end of 2020, a subsidiary dedicated to ecological transformation, also marks a further step in ARTER’s transformation into a company with a mission. Since 2021, as delegated operator, the agency has been supporting the Institut Français in the ecological transition of the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, and in particular in its building renovation project to become exemplary in terms of its carbon footprint.


Stéphane Verlet-Bottéro is a curator, artist and environmental engineer. He lives and works between Paris and London. His transdisciplinary practice develops collective forms of action and education in relation to the socio-ecological mutations of territories. His work has been presented at the ZKM Karlsruhe, the Taipei Biennale, the Oslo Triennial and in various international institutions. In 2018, in Dakar, he has initiated in collaboration with the artist Hamedine Kane l’École des Mutants, a collaborative art and research platform on education and political utopia in a postcolonial context.

Moderated by : Anissa Touati, Curator-at-large Paris Internationale
Anissa Touati is a transnational curator working between the West and the global South. She is currently guest curator of the MAH, Geneva 2023-2024 and curator-at-large of Paris Internationale. Over the past decade, she has curated or co-curated exhibitions at several international locations in many different countries and contexts. She has served as a director, co-director, curator, board member and curatorial advisor to several cultural institutions and research initiatives across the world, including Chalet Society, Thalie Foundation, Contemporary Istanbul, BEMA Museum, Lagos Biennial, Broad art museum amongst others.

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