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Les Ateliers Médicis Invite Alexandria Eregbu for L’Autre·expo [The Other·Expo]

© Alexandria Eregbu at Les Ateliers Médicis

As part of a new partnership between Etant donnés and the Ford Foundation to promote the African-American art scene in France, and within the new Clichycago collaborative platform, the Ateliers Medicis have commissioned 5 African-American artists to participate in l’Autre.expo [The Other·Expo], an online initiative designed to give artists carte blanche to explore, experiment, and share their points of view on the internet.

To inaugurate the Clichycago project, Alexandria Eregbu presents « MMIRI : Origin Stories »This work is the product of collaborations with counterparts, writers, and thinkers around symbolic elements - already presented when the project was published in 2018: the mask, the mirror, the knife, the compass, and photography. The piece also includes Alexandria Eregbu’s prologue of her newest film The Reason Why We Hunt.

For L'Autre.expo [The Other·Expo] , the work and creations of the artists - short videos, audio, images, drawings, poetry, and short essays - will be broadcast on the Ateliers Médicis website, where the artists will be able to share their own questions, thoughts, and personal interests with visitors who will also be able to participate in dialogue, opening up the imaginary world of MMIRI and its vast community for which this film was made.
Alexandria Eregbu’s works will be broadcast on the Ateliers Medicis website for one week starting on February 24th.

About Alexandria Eregbu

Alexandria Eregbu is a multimedia artist, educator, curator, writer and visionary. As an artist, Alexandria draws from history, experience, and her own imagination to deepen her connectivity to the natural world. Her practice is often driven by stories, whether lived or dreamt, and surrealist activity spanning from West Africa and the Caribbean to her native city in Chicago. Her work has been presented at the College Art Association of America, Public Space One in Iowa City, Poets House in New York, the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, Casa Rosada in Salvador, Brazil, and Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, among others. Her writing has been published by the University of Chicago Press, Sixty Inches From Center, Terremoto Magazine, and Green Lantern Press. Alexandria is an Emerging Artist Fellow with the Driehaus Museum (2020); a recipient of the 3Arts Award (2016); and Newcity Breakout Artist (2015). She is also a current lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Fiber & Material Studies.

About  Les Atelier Médicis

Les Ateliers Médicis are committed to bringing out new, diverse artistic voices and to accompanying artists with singular and contemporary languages. They welcome artists in residence from all disciplines and support the creation of works conceived in relation to the territories. They promote or organize all forms of encounters between artists and residents. Located in Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil (Seine-Saint-Denis), the ateliers occupy a prefiguration building. A large-scale facility of national ambition will be built by 2025, reaffirming the place of artistic creation in the suburbs.

About Clichycago

Clichycago is a new collaborative creative project coproduced by les Ateliers Médicis and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago. Centered on a core theme––Communities, endured or chosen––Clichycago is primarily focused on questions of community and belonging. It facilitates dialogue among artists, local groups, and organizations based in Chicago’s South Side and the Parisian outskirts of Clichy-Montfermeil around a variety of issues, from social justice and education to food and cultural innovation. Clichycago also supports the work of France and Chicago-based artists in the virtual sphere and in-person in both countries. 

Étant donnés Contemporary Art is a program of the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation, developed in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with the support of Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Chanel USA, and the ADAGP.