The Fondation Fiminco
The Fondation Fiminco is a contemporary art space focused on international cross-disciplinary visual art. The Fondation is dedicated to supporting multidisciplinary contemporary international creation through a program of exhibitions, performances, events, and workshops.
The Fondation Fiminco will open its doors in fall 2019 in Romainville, just east of Paris, at the heart of a space that brings together cultural players from both the public and private sectors: five contemporary art galleries (Air de Paris, Imane Farès, In Situ, Jocelyn Wolff, Vincent Sator), the storage collection of the Ile-de-France’s Regional Collection of Contemporary Art (FRAC) and the nonprofit organization Jeune Création.
The Fondation’s facilities will also include La Chaufferie, a 1,200 m2 exhibition space set to host exhibitions and presentations by resident artists, guest artists, and partnering institutions.
For several decades now, the contemporary art scene has been undergoing a deep transformation, that has retraced new geographies of art across the world. The Fondation Fiminco aims to guide and support emerging and established artists worldwide by drawing from this plural cartography and constantly evolving artistic diversity.
The residency aims to build bridges between different art scenes and give artists the opportunity to confront their work with a variety of cultural, political, and social contexts, in order to enrich their practices and encourage the exchange of ideas.
The location of the Fondation Fiminco in Romainville and more largely in Seine-Saint-Denis is at the heart of the Fondation’s dynamics in order to build ties between creation and territory. The artistic projects developed by the artists in residency, but also the exhibitions and the meetings programmed at the Fondation Fiminco will be the starting point of a network built up with the institutions, associations, communities, researchers, and residents of the area.
Board of directors
The Fondation Fiminco is administered by a board of directors responsible for defining its strategic priorities, ensuring that they are implemented, and making all the decisions in the interest of the Fondation.
The board is composed of eight members, appointed for a period of five years: five founder members and representatives of the personnel of the founder members, and three qualified personalities from the areas covered by the Fondation.
Founder members and representatives of the personnel of the founder members:
- Gérald Azancot – President / share holder of Groupe Fiminco
- Mme Virginie Aguer – Yellowstone immobilier
- Didier Banquy – Fiminco Reim
- Mme Emmanuelle Micheau – Groupe Fiminco
- Christian Calo – Groupe Fiminco
Qualified personnalities :
- Jean-Michel Wilmotte
- Walid Ben Youssef
JOACHIM PFLIEGER – General manager
Joachim Pflieger worked at the Opéra national de Paris, Teatro Real in Madrid, and at the New York City Opera between 2006 and 2012, within the artistic management of these multidisciplinary institutions. More specifically, in the field of music and live entertainment, he worked with the conductor Laurence Equilbey for the launch of the Scène Musical program, and within the Centre national de la danse. Furthermore, he was the managing director of the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris and Pantin. He directs the Fondation Fiminco and manages the cultural strategy of the Groupe Fiminco.
ÉMILIE BANNWARTH – Production manager
Having founded and managed her own art gallery in Belleville for four years, Émilie Bannwarth worked for several years as production manager in contemporary art galleries (such as the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac) and she also managed several artists’ studios (represented by Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin). She works on the implementation and technical development of the Fondation Fiminco and production workshops.
CLARA DAQUIN – Residency coordinator
Clara Daquin has worked for different cultural organisations, including the Palais de Tokyo, Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation Galeries Lafayette, the Semiose gallery, the association La Source and The Community collective and multidisciplinary platform. As an art critic and independent curator in Paris, she writes for the press and mounts exhibitions. She is the co-founder of the Revue Alma Mater, a publication dealing with scientific topics in which researchers and artists meet. She is responsible for the coordination of the Fondation Fiminco residencies.
JULIA DARTOIS – Cultural attaché
Julia Dartois worked at the Musée national Picasso-Paris as research manager for the museum’s Presidency and for the team of curators, in particular for contemporary programming. She has also worked in Hong Kong as production manager within the Visual Arts pole, for the French May Arts Festival. She is responsible for the Fondation Fiminco’s administrative and legal fields, and works with the production manager.
SÉBASTIEN LAMOURET – Technical manager
Sébastien Lamouret worked for the art & science exhibition space Le Laboratoire in Paris, that produced exhibitions for artists such as William Kentridge, Ryioji Ikeda or Shilpa Gupta and then at Lab Cambridge in Boston as a technical supervisor. As a lighting manager, He followed on tours numerous dance and contemporary circus companies in France and Europe. He works with the production manager on the implementation of the workshops and as a facility manager.
CLÉMENTINE LEFRANC – Cultural projects and audience development officer
Clémentine Lefranc has worked for different cultural organisations, including the Paris National Opéra as an audience development officer and Paris Musées as a fundraising and partnerships officer.
At the Fondation Fiminco she is responsible for the audience development and the cultural partnerships with the public and private sectors and with associations in Romainville and more largely in Seine-Saint-Denis.