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The energy of our group was strong. We managed to produce and learn at the same time. Everyone was focused, creative and supportive.

Country of origin: France

In which Residency Program(s) did you participate?
Lens and Screen Arts: The Still and Moving Image, 2011

What led you to participate in the Summer Residency Program?
I was eager to learn about the moving image as a professional photographer using a Canon 5D. I also wanted the program to be in New York to spend some time living in the city and make connections. The School of Visual Arts has a great reputation; I was looking for a school where I would meet all kinds of artists. The program included theoretical and hands-on practice, and guidance from compelling consultants and teachers.

What was the best part of your experience at SVA?
Being immersed with students from various countries: Brazil, Greece India, Canada, USA, UK, with multiple backgrounds and different ages. The energy of our group was strong. We managed to produce and learn at the same time. Everyone was focused, creative and supportive. The program was very dense, which was stimulating and inspiring.

How did the Residency Program contribute to your development as  a professional artist?
It gave me confidence and strength. Going back to school for a short period of time after 10 years was structuring. I really appreciated the American way of teaching. I was not only seen as a student but as a professional looking forward to expand my practice. That year was a turning point; I have been rebuilding my career since.

What's going on in your studio now?
I’m working on lifestyle and travel photo series, preparing a trip to Australia and making electronic music. This year, I have been featured in Ride Sessions Magazine and Triangle Magazine for my photos and music.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about your experiences in the program or after?
That summer was definitely one of the best of my life. I met fantastic people and New York is such an exciting city! This residency helped me reconsider my work as a photographer and make videos, but mostly it opened my mind to undertake new adventures.

 

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