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Salomon Foundation Residency Award 2016: Thomas Tronel-gauthier

Launched in 2015, the Salomon Foundation Residency Award provides one artist from the Francophone world with a six-month residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in Brooklyn, New York as well as an $34,000 USD stipend.

Thomas Tronel-Gauthier received the 2016 Salomon Foundation Residency Award, on March 4, 2016. The 2016 residency will begin this coming June, until the end of November.

Thomas Tronel-Gauthier (b. 1982) lives and vorks in Paris, France. His work is the translation of an experience: the encounter with a landscape. From the North of France to the Marquesas Islands, via Thailand, the artist invites us to join him on his journey. Using sculpture, photography, video and installations he brings back fragments of a land or seascape deriving either from natural phenomena or from violent interventions. These fragments, seemingly isolated from their original context, turn out to be zones of projection. They harbour a mental landscape, one which we (re)create after our own souvenirs, our demons and our imagination. Gauthier's works release a field of possibilities where memory and perception become mutually dependent. "For the landscape to appear, the gaze needs to wander"¹ The casts and moulds are the remains of an ensemble, of a territory of which the artist aims to retain a specific moment. The process of moulding and the process of taking pictures (still or moving images) creates an intense relationship not only with space, but also with time. This allows the artist to absorb and to translate a natural and fleeting event: a wave passing by, the glistening sea, a rock, swallows taking flight, the movement of the sand once the sea has withdrawn. We tend to perceive these moments like miracles, and yet they're part of an ongoing cycle. In isolating them, the artist brings the landscape back to a human scale (its body and temporality) and reminds us of its immense nature. (…)

The 2nd Salomon Foundation Residency Award

4 nominees:Anne de Gelas, Mara Fortunatovic, Clément Cogitore, and Thomas Tronel-Gauthier.

5 international jurors:Ann Hindry, art historian, critic and curator of the Renault Collection of Modern Art; Elisabeth Couturier, journalist, art critic, writer and exhibition curator; Laurent Busine, Director of Mac's, the Museum of Contemporary Art on the Grand Hornu site in Hainaut, Belgium; Enrico Lunghi, Director of MUDAM in Luxembourg; and Jean-Marc Salomon, President and Founder of Claudine and Jean-Marc Salomon Foundation for Contemporary Art.

The Claudine and Jean-Marc Salomon Foundation for Contemporary Art was founded in 2001 to bring awareness to the contemporary creations. With an expansive audience, the non-profit foundation located in Annecy, France organizes exhibitions, presentations, and conferences as well as publishing books and monographs. The foundation has since, exhibited works of major contemporary artists including Gilbert & George, Jan Fabre, François Morellet, Wolfgang Laib, Roman Opalka, Niele Toroni, Peter Saul, Rona Pondick, Olafur Eliasson and Giuseppe Penone.