The French Embassy in New Zealand and Te Whare Hēra Wellington International Artist Residency are excited to announce our next French artist, Ève Chabanon. Ève is a performance artist, writer and community activator.
Ève Chabanon has previously attended The White House Artist Residency in London. During this residency, Ève facilitated a discussion group The Anti-Social Social Club: Episode One, The Chamber of the Dispossessed with the local community to speak about issues such as the growing gentrification of the neighborhood.
Chabanon says “the purpose was to discuss, with a cross section of the borough, how to govern ourselves, how to organise, live, work and survive together. Sitting in the same seats and using the same microphones as the councillors, the audience became active participants, transforming the location into an imaginary shelter; this moved beyond art or theatre, and underlined the way in which open debate should be incorporated in the democratic political process.”
Ève will join us in Te Whanganui-a-Tara in March for her five month residency. Follow us on social media, or keep an eye on our website for more details and events during Ève’s artist residency.
Ève Chabanon’s residency has been made possible with support from the French Embassy in New Zealand, Massey University and Wellington City Council.