A conversation between Fabien Danesi (Director of the FRAC Corse), Mélissa Epaminondi (Artistic Director of Casa Conti - Ange Leccia), Ange Leccia (artist), Prisca Meslier (Director of De Renava) and Natacha Delmon Casanova (Program Manager of the Providenza residency).
SATURDAY OCTOBER 21ST, 5PM
«The sun is a form of writing, a force»
The discussion will focus on the development of contemporary art in Corsica, the specificity of these initiatives on an island and rural territory, and their echoes with issues such as ecology, gender and post-colonial studies.
Director, FRAC Corse
With a PhD in contemporary art history, Fabien Danesi has been Director of FRAC Corsica since October 2021. A former resident of the Académie de France à Rome - Villa Médicis, he was a lecturer at the UFR Arts of the Université Picardie Jules Verne in Amiens between 2008 and 2021. He was also artistic director of Pavillon, the creative laboratory at Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2014 - 2017) and director of Casa Conti - Ange Leccia in Oletta (2014 - 2021). As a curator, he has organized some twenty exhibitions in Paris, Seoul, Los Angeles and Jeddah.
Artistic Director of Casa Conti - Ange Leccia
Born in 1977, Mélissa Epaminondi is an artist and architect living between Paris and Oletta (Corsica). A graduate of the Marseille-Luminy School of Architecture, she is developing a body of video and installation work in which environmental issues play a fundamental role. She co-founded the L140 collective in 2008 with Sophie Vigourous and Anji Dinh-Van. In charge of teaching video practice at the University of Corsica for three years, she has been artistic director of Casa Conti-Ange Leccia since 2022.
After training in the art department of the Lycée de Bastia, Ange Leccia studied visual arts at the Université Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) between 1972 and 1976. He then embarked on a dual career as a visual artist and filmmaker, initiating his research as a resident at the Villa Médicis - Académie de France in Rome from 1981 to 1983. He is also a federator of talent, through his teaching practice at the École supérieure d’art de Grenoble, then at Paris-Cergy, and finally at the Pavillon, a creative laboratory at the Palais de Tokyo that he created and directed from 2000 to 2017. His work can be found in numerous international collections and is regularly exhibited in France and abroad.
Director of De Renava
Prisca Meslier is curator and director of De Renava: an art institution based in Corsica, operating a biennial and collaborations with major museums, such as the Centre Pompidou. A graduate of the Sorbonne and the École du Louvre in art history, Prisca has worked as an art consultant for private collections. In 2022, she co-founded De Renava with Dumè Marcellesi, where they welcome the great figures of contemporary art to the historic town of Bonifacio.
NATACHA DELMON CASANOVA
Program Manager of the Providenza residency
Initially a production manager at SCREEN RUNNER, Natacha Delmon Casanova began her career accompanying Philippe Faucon and Yolande Zauberman at the Venice Film Festival in 2011. A year later, she founded her own film production and distribution company, LA VINGT-CINQUIÈME HEURE.
In 2018, she begins a collaboration with Maxime Japy at LES FILMS DU CASTEL, focusing on the development of new auteurs and talents in European cinema. At the same time, she co-founded CARNAGE, a production company specializing in branded documentaries. At the beginning of 2023, Natacha Delmon Casanova joins the PROVIDENZA agri-cultural factory, located in the mountains of Haute-Corse, as head of programs and artistic support for residencies and workshops.