Meera Manjit Kaur lauréate du Prix Français 2021 [no]

Meera Manjit Kaur est l’heureuse gagnante du Prix Français 2021 pour son œuvre intitulée "Til India fra Norge" ("De la Norvège à l’Inde"). Son prix lui à été remis samedi 11 septembre par l’Ambassadeur de France en Norvège Pierre-Mathieu Duhamel.

Tous les deux ans, le Prix français récompense un.e artiste présenté.e dans le cadre de la Høstutstillingen d’Oslo. Cette année, le jury était composé de Hanan Benammar, Curatrice franco-algérienne vivant en Norvège, et du curateur français Théo Mario Coppola.

La lauréate Meera Manjit Kaur aura la chance d’assister à des cours de français avant de s’envoler à Paris pour une résidence artistique de trois mois à la Cité Internationale des Arts.

Allez découvrir son œuvre mais aussi celles des 107 autre artistes norvégien.ne.s présenté.e.s, dans le cadre de la Høstutstillingen jusqu’au 17 octobre !

Ci-dessous le discours prononcé par l’Ambassadeur a l’occasion de la remise du Prix français au salon d’automne le 11 septembre 2021 à Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo :

Dear Minister of Culture and Equality, Director of the Kunstnernes Hus, President of the jury, Director of the Autumn Exhibition, Members of the jury of the 2021 exhibition, Dear artists, Dear guests,

It is with great pleasure that every other year, the French Embassy and Institut français de Norvège award the “Prix français” in the framework of the Norwegian salon d’automne (Høstutstillingen) organized at la Maison des artistes (Kunstnernes Hus) by the Norwegian association of Visual artists (Norske Billedkunstnere).

The “Prix français”, which was created in 1998, reinforces collaborations and partnerships between French and Norwegian artists, as well as between cultural institutions. It aims to foster the cultural dialogue in the field of visual arts between our two countries.

With this prize, The French Embassy, Institut français de Norvège, and the Cité internationale des Arts in Paris wish to strengthen the bond between the French and Norwegian art scene and to enlighten the creativity of our artists.

The laureate is offered a three-month residency at the Cité internationale des Arts, at the heart of Paris, flight tickets and a session of French lessons before their departure.

This residency will allow the artist to develop their research project and to enjoy, we hope, the exceptional cultural life in Paris, which has always been a welcoming and creative city.

By staying at the Cité internationale des Arts – one of the most important artistic residencies in the world - the laureate will also have the opportunity to meet artists from all around the world among the 350 staying there. They will also benefit from a programme of meetings with French professionals set up by the Institut français during the “Open Ateliers”.

The former winner of the prize, Ms Siri Bråtveit, had her residency in Paris between October and December 2020. Despite the difficulties of the pandemic, she was still able to meet and exchange with plenty of artists present at the Cité internationale des Arts, and she managed to consequently develop her artistic project.

The jury of the 2021 French prize consists of Ms Hanan Benammar and Mr Théo Mario Coppola, both independent curators, who will now read the jury’s statement and reveal the name of the new laureate.

I would like to warmly thank the Billed Kunst Forening (the norwegian association for visual artists) for organising this annual and so important exhibition and the Kunstnener Hus for hosting this event today.

The French Embassy and Institut français de Norvège wish the best for the residency of the laureate and hope it will contribute to develop, perhaps change, challenge, and open their artistic practice. We dearly hope the residency will help generate unexpected collaborative projects between Norway and France.

Thank you very much.

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Photo : Lauréate Meera Manjit Kaur et l’Ambassadeur de France en Norvège Pierre-Mathieu Duhamel

publié le 13/09/2021

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