The Fondation Fiminco
Fondation Fiminco has invested a former industrial site in Romainville, on the outskirts of Paris and accessible by the metro, to create a place that supports artists from all over the world and open to all audiences. Designed for artists, this project aims to provide space, tools, and support to create a working environment for artists, across disciplinary practices.
This new cultural district brings all the ingredients necessary for a new ecosystem of contemporary creation intended for artists: an artist residency, exhibition spaces, galleries, and soon live performance structures, craftsmen, associations and a concert hall. By investing in this unusual location, the Fondation Fiminco is pursuing its missions to support contemporary artists and providing cultural access for all, as close as possible to the social and cultural dynamics of the Greater Paris.
Inaugurated in October 2019, the project covers 11,000 square meters in five separate buildings, including a monumental 14-metre-high boiler room that has become an exhibition space. This unique site brings together the international artists’ residency of Fondation Fiminco, exhibition spaces, seven art galleries – Air de Paris, Galerie Jocelyn Wolff, Galerie Sator, In Situ Fabienne Leclerc -, Maëlle Galerie, Quai 36, Galerie D, a film production company Gingerlemon, a book design and publishing house Laurel Parker Book, Atelier for fine art Après Midi Lab, a campus of an art and design school, Parsons Paris and the new storage facility of the Fonds régional d’art contemporain Île-de-France.
The international artists’ residency is at the center of the project: the Fondation Fiminco main mission is to welcome international artists each year for 11 months, giving them the opportunity to develop their work and their research. Designed as a place open to all audiences, the Fondation Fiminco offers visitors the opportunity to experience contemporary creation, through a program of exhibitions, events and meetings with artists-in-residence.
The aim of the Fondation is not to build and show a collection, but to support artists throughout their creative process, accompanying their professional and artistic development.
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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
- M. François Bertière – Fiminco Reim
- Mme Emmanuelle Micheau – Groupe Fiminco
- Christian Calo – Groupe Fiminco
Qualified personnalities :
- Jean-Michel Wilmotte
- Walid Ben Youssef
Katharine SCRIBA – General manager
After ten years at the Goethe-Institut in Paris and previously responsible for cultural programming, she curated numerous exhibitions for the Goethe-Institut and various museums in Paris. Her past experiences have confirmed Katharina Scriba’s commitment to the accompaniment of contemporary artists. She is the director of the Fondation FIMINCO.
Guillaume LEFÈVRE – Head manager
After graduating from Sciences Po Paris and attending a business school, Guillaume Lefevre worked as a cultural collaborator for the General Delegation for International Relations of the City of Paris (management of international cultural projects with Madrid, Tokyo, and the ICORN residence for artists in exile), and then for an artistic residency center, the Cité internationale des arts, where he was responsible for promoting the spaces and activities of artists in residence. He then continued his career as Project Manager at the Musée d’Orsay, where he was responsible for the prefiguration of the museum’s visual identity, its signage, and the creation of new research and young public spaces. He is responsible for the operations of the Fiminco Foundation.
Renata BELLANOVA – Residency coordinator
She holds a master’s degree in Exhibition Sciences and Techniques from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. She has collaborated with the independent curator Ami Barak, participating in the production of numerous exhibition projects in France and abroad. As an exhibition manager for the city of Montrouge, she was in charge of the production and support of the artists of the Salon de Montrouge. She coordinates the artistic residence of the Fiminco Foundation.
Bérénice BLANC – Event and privatisation manager
After obtaining a CAP in Art and Jewelry Techniques from the Haute École de Joaillerie, Bérénice Blanc joined the events industry by working in various structures related to tourism. With a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism-Hospitality and Catering Management, specializing in events, Bérénice Blanc is responsible for managing events and privatization projects within the Foundation.
Manon BOURGUIGNON – Cultural projects and audience development manager
A graduate of the Master’s degree in Cultural Project Management – Museums and New Media from the Sorbonne, Manon Bourguignon has been working as a cultural mediator since March 2020. Within the Foundation, her mission is to develop relations with the public as well as partnerships, particularly for educational projects.
Agnès GHONIM – Communication and audience development manager
Agnès Ghonim has worked in various structures related to the performing arts. She specializes in cultural communication following a Master’s degree in Cultural Project Management – Museums and New Media at the Sorbonne. Within the Foundation, her mission is to develop communication on all channels, she also supports projects in relation with the public.