Art and social housing, if we could start over…

Investigation by Léo Guy-Denarcy

Summary

Through the prism of his personal experience at Ateliers de la Cité in Marseille, Léo Guy-Denarcy chronicles the last three decades of artist actions in public housing environments. Between profound naivety, total failure, and the occasional success, the relationship between art and the masses is wrought with pitfalls, due for the most ( Mostly due to ) misleading stereotypes.

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Project Unité (June 1 – September 30, 1993) ABR Stuttgart, T. Arefin, F. Armaly, Art Orienté Objet, J. Barry, C. Von Bonin, T. Burr, Clegg & Guttmann, N. Coates, J. Currin, S. Dillemuth, M. Dion, P. Doig, K. Ericson & M. Ziegler, A. Frémy, C. Geoffroy, D. Gonzalez-Foerster, R. Green, S. Helm, J. Isermann, M. Krebber, C. Lévêque, T. Locher, E. Miralles, R. Möller, J. Morrisson, T. Mouraud, C. P. Müller, P. Parreno, R. Petitbon, P. Ditta, F. Roche, M. Rosler, K. Saylor, R. Schöttle, J. Simon, O.Védrine, H. Zobernig

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Esthétique relationnelle, Les presses du réel, 1998.

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Interview “Project Unité à Firminy, entretien avec Yves Aupetitallot”, May n°12, 2014.

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Created in collaboration with philosopher Uwe Fleckner.

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Conceived in collaboration with French writer Christophe Fiat.

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The artists involved at La Bricarde are Yazid Oulab, Jean-Marc Munerelle, Charlie Jeffery, Stefan Eichhorn, Guillaume Louot and Nathanaël Abeille. Marielle Chabal, Dejode&Lacombe, Bertille Bak, Ishem Rouaï and Estelle Fonseca were the artists working at Cité de Fonscolombes.

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City on the outskirts of Paris.

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City on the outskirts of Paris.

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City on the outskirts of Marseille.

I first entered the La Bricarde public housing blocks in the 15th district of Marseille in early June 2014, armed with a part-time, work-insertion program position and a background as a curator and art critic. Back then, I was working for an organization and foundation started by a consortium of social housing landlords in the…

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