Caroline Mesquita, The Ballad, film still, 2017, digital video
© Caroline Mesquita, The Ballad, film still, 2017, digital video

Etant donnés programme : the 2020 winners

Updated on 09/07/2020

The cultural services of the French Embassy in the United States and the FACE Foundation, the Ministry of Culture and the Institut français are pleased to announce the 2020 winners of the Etant donnés programme to support projects of artistic cooperation between the United States and France.

The selection committee, composed of 6 French and American art professionals, has selected a total of 15 projects to receive support. These include :

  • 7 American institutions for a project involving an exhibit of French artists
  • 4 American curators for research on the French artistic scene
  • 4 French artists for a residency in the United States

The total budget for the winning projects is $170,000.


The jury for the 2020 edition was composed of:

  • César Garcia, director of The Mistake Room - Los Angeles
  • Jamillah James, curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art - Los Angeles
  • Hendrik Folkerts, curator in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Emma Lavigne, president of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris
  • Paula Aisemberg, president of Trampoline and director of artistic projects and deputy director at the Fondation Emerige, Paris
  • Adeline Blanchard, visual arts project manager at the Institut français - Paris.  

In the current context of a pandemic, which is extremely difficult for artists and cultural institutions, the French Embassy and the FACE Foundation are delighted to continue their mission of supporting high-quality artistic projects, further strengthening the links between our two countries.

Winning projects for the June 2020 - June 2021 session

  • Exhibits of French artists at institutions:

Seven American institutions received grants for exhibits including French or France-based artists.

- Noguchi Museum for Spaces of the Mind, including works by Pierre Charpin.

- Museum of Art and Design for Garmenting: Costume and Contemporary Art, including works by Karina Bisch, Rafael Barontini, Cécile Bome, Louis Bourgeois, Annette Messager.

- Aurora Picture Show for the Screening and Installation of Video Works by Michele Magema, featuring the works of Michele Magema.

- Blaffer Art Museum for Caroline Mesquita : The Machine Room, presenting the works of Caroline Mesquita.

- Beall Center for Art and Technology – University of California for Vera Molnar : Variations, presenting the works of Vera Molnar.

- Hammer Museum for Witch Hunt, including works by Bouchra Khalili.

- Hunter East Harlem Gallery for Dust Specks on the Sea : Contemporary Sculpture from the French Caribbean & Haiti, featuring works by Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Julie Bessard, Hervé Beuze, Jean-François Boclé, Alex Burke, Vladimir Cybil Charlier, Gaëlle Choisne, Ronald Cyrille, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Kenny Dunkan, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Adler Guerrier, Jean-Marc Hunt, Fabiola Jean-Louis, Nathalie Leroy-Fiévée, Audry, Liseron-Monfils, Louisa Marajo, Ricardo Ozier-Lafontaine, Jérémie Paul, Marielle Plaisir, Tabita Rezaire, Yoan Sorin, Raphael Barontini, Sylvia Pierre, Michelle Lisa Polissant, Kira Ti.


  • Research grant for an American curator wishing to engage in research on the French artistic scene :

Four curators have been selected and will receive a grant allowing them to undertake research trips to France :

- Selby Nimrod (MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge) for Collecting Digital Art: Institutional Precursors in France at the Turn of the Millennium, a Case Study. In partnership with the Espace Multimedia Gantner in the Bourgogne-Franche Comte region.

- Stevens Mckenzie (Visual Arts Center, University of Austin, Texas) for Frac Bretagne – Art Norac Award. In partnership with the Brittany FRAC.

- Dean Daderko (CAMH - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Texas) for The Politics of Freedom : Claude Cahun and Bouchra Khalili. In partnership with the Nantes Museum of Fine Arts.

- Mary Magsamen (Aurora Picture Show, Houston, Texas) for Michèle Magema. In partnership with Light Cone and the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.


  • Research residencies for a French or France - based artist wishing to undertake a project in the USA, in association with an American partner :

Four French artists have been selected and will receive a grant to support their residency project over a period of 2 to 4 months:

As part of the partnership with the Institut français Centre for Residencies & Research:

- Théodora Barat for Four Corners, in partnership with Mayeur Projects – Las Vegas, NM

- Eva Barto for The Legal Loopholes Society, in partnership with the Sculpture Center – New York City, NY

- Simon Ripoll-Hurier for The Targets, in partnership with Kadist Foundation – San Francisco, CA

As part of a partnership with the CPGA - Professional Committee of Art Galleries:

- Jean-Charles de Quillacq for Corporeal Commons/Commun Corporel, in partnership with the Coalesce Center for Biological Art, University of Buffalo and the Bemis Art Center, Omaha, and with the support of its Marcelle Alix gallery

About Etant donnés

Étant donnés is a historical programme of the FACE Foundation, developed in partnership with the cultural services of the French Embassy in the United States, with the support of the Institut français - Paris, the Ministry of Culture, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Chanel USA, ADAGP and CPGA.

Étant donnés Contemporary Art aims to strengthen ties between France and the United States in the field of contemporary art by encouraging collaborations and partnerships between French and American institutions, and in particular between American curators and artists from the French scene.

Since its creation in 1994, Étant donnés has gained an international reputation by allocating more than $3 million to fund more than 300 projects and support some thirty exhibit curators.