BMW Group France is calling for applications for the BMW Residency dedicated to Photography, at GOBELINS, the School of Visual Arts Paris.

BMW Group France is calling for applications for the BMW Residency dedicated to Photography, at GOBELINS, the School of Visual Arts Paris.

February 2017 at the announcement of the partnership BMW and Gobelins

The BMW Residency: a carte blanche, dedicated to photographic innovation and transmission, offered to emerging contemporary talents.
- Reception of applications until April 4, 2018.
- Nomination of the laureate by the jury in June 2018.

After 6 years of partnership with the Nicéphore Nièpce Museum, and as the BMW Group just celebrated his 100 years, BMW Group France confirms the new direction of the 2018 Residency through its partnership with GOBELINS, the School of Visual Arts in Paris, for the second consecutive year.

For this new edition, BMW, which has always fostered a pioneering spirit, is more than ever putting the emphasis on experimentation. This is why GOBELINS was a natural choice for BMW; the two companies sharing the same values of excellence and innovation.

The innovative pedagogy and experiments of the school, the transmission between experts, laureates and students perfectly reflect the philosophy expressed by BMW for the years to come.

BMW defends the values of aesthetics and technological innovation. The car brand has chosen to accompany photography as an original and specific medium, a founding invention of modernity as well as the automobile. BMW expresses its support for photography around an unprecedented and ambitious cultural partnership initiated in 2011. Unprecedented, because it tends to propose new keys of understanding the interaction between art and technology and their impact on man and society. Ambitious, because it favors artistic and technological experimentations and innovations.

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The projects presented by the applicants for the BMW Residency will have to focus on innovation and experimentation to offer a fresh vision of our world in motion, by all means: technical, narrative, documentary, humorous...

The Artistic Director's contribution

François Cheval will be the artistic director for the BMW Residency at GOBELINS.
He will be involved in the preselection of applications and will submit this selection to the Jury. He will support the laureate in his/her researches and artistic project, handle the production, curate the exhibitions and write the presentation texts.

The BMW support for the Residency

Funding and resources

  • The artist will receive a grant of 6,000€ and accommodation in Paris, if necessary for the three months in Residency at Gobelins. This support will freed him/her of any material constraints throughout the Residency period to be able to concentrate on the photographic project with the support of the School, the advice of the artistic director and BMW support.

  • A selection of images produced during the Residency will be exhibited at the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles and at the Paris Photo Fair. BMW is partnering both of these major events, for 9 years and 15 years respectively.

  • The work produced in Residency will be published in a book with éditions Trocadéro.

  • The works produced during the BMW Residency, signed and serially numbered, will be divided into three batches:
    - The first batch will be exhibited and then returned to the artist.
    - The second batch will be made up of two images for GOBELINS, including one chosen for communication purposes.
    - The third batch, a selection of works chosen jointly by the artist and BMW France, will go to BMW France in exchange for its patronage.

The BMW Residency at GOBELINS

The BMW Residency is remaining true to its fundamental principle: continuous support for the winner, from the creation and production of works to the edition of a book published by éditions Trocadéro.
To these guiding principles is added the residency’s team contribution that puts all its expertise behind this photographic project, creating interactions between the winner, and the GOBELINS educational staff and students.
A third-year student will act as photographic assistant to the winner. This will be a very rewarding experience for the student. The student will work alongside the artist, and benefit from the advice of François Cheval, the artistic director of the Residency.
GOBELINS will also provide a photography team of students, who will contribute to promote the BMW Residency on the social networks, through arranging meetings as well as producing photos and videos. This team will foster interactions with the school's other students in conjunction with BMW, the winner and GOBELINS.

Applications files must be composed of a biography, a file presenting the general approach of the artist, a series of completed works as well as a note of intent on the artistic project. Ten photographers will be selected in a preselection.
They will be asked to make themselves available for half a day for an interview with the jury and present photographic prints and work done.
The files will be transmitted digitally: until April 4th, 2018.
The jury will meet in May for an announcement of the winner in June. Shooting should be done by the end of December, and production before March 1st, 2019.

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Published on 13 December 2017

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