2013-01-26 Françoise Dupré

(360cm x 250cm x 50cm Wool, wire, tapes, plastic (bags, bottle and tubing), woven and printed polythene)

A collaborative- participatory project by artist Françoise Dupré, realised during her residency at the French Cultural Center in Mostar (20 July - 21August 2009) with Mostar’s women association Novi Pogled, friends of the French Cultural Center, art students and young artists from Mostar, Birmingham (England) and Cluj-Napoca (Romania). The project funded by Birmingham City University, the French Institute in Bosnia and Herzegovina and sponsored by PONY, Needle Industries( India). It was hosted by the French Cultural centre in Mostar. OUVRAGE was part of Françoise Dupré's ongoing research project here and there which aims to develop an ethical collaborative-participatory model of art practice in the public sphere. The residency consisted included an introductory solo exhibition: Mille-fleurs, at the Cejvan Cehaja Hamam, Mostar's historical Ottoman bath (22-29 July 2009), an International Atelier (27 July-14 August 2009) through which OUVRAGE was created and its exhibition (17-21 August 2009) For more information about Mille-fleurs see separate entry. OUVRAGE has been shown in Banja Luka at the Pavillon Petar Kocic (15-22 October 2009), Tuzla at the Lokot gallery (19- 28 November 2009). It will be shown at the University of Art and Design, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (29-2 April 2010), Birmingham City University, School of Art (20-30 April 2010) Exhibition dates for Sarajevo are to be confirmed. The project came out of Project B (collaboration with artist Myfanwy Johns, architect Sabina Fazlic and the Bosnian Cultural Centre-Midlands, 2007-2008, funded by Arts Council England and BCU). Project B's research visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina in spring 2008, prompted the artist to seek opportunities to further engage with Bosnia and Herzegovina communities and cultures.

Photos: Ada Muntean

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