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The location of the Delme synagogue takes Kévin Blinderman and Flora Citroën back to their Jewish origins. Their project is rooted in the symbolism of the site, both in terms of its history and its secularization (as a contemporary art center). A double symbolism that mirrors their identities. Their aim is to research the site, its history and the community that made it up - and which has evolved with the historical and political ups and downs of the 19th and 20th centuries. Kévin Blinderman and Flora Citroën will draw on this local history to weave their fictions around it.
The artist residency programme is organised by the CAC - la synagogue de Delme in collaboration with the Lorraine Regional Natural Park and the village of Lindre-Basse.
After completing a bachelor's degree at ENSAPC, Kévin Blinderman began a master's degree at the Bezalel Art Academy before graduating from the Paris-Cergy art school in 2018. From 2020 to 2021, he will take part in the Berlin Program for Artists. In 2021, Kévin also presented his first solo exhibition at Confort Moderne, You're the Worst, following a six-month residency at the Poitiers art centre. In the same year, he was awarded a production grant from Mécènes du Sud to create and present his second solo show, The Solitary Hours of Night, at the Friche Belle de Mai in Marseille in summer 2022. He has exhibited at the Frac Ile-de-France, the Kunsthalle Bern, the KW Institute and the Berghain with the Boros collection. In his practice, Kévin Blinderman orchestrates physical and mental experiences in which the objects, situations and characters that surround him transcend their original functionality. His works and exhibitions are composed like scores, offering visitors a performative experience. His practice offers a melancholic and innovative density to alternative cultures and those who embody them. He is interested in what is expressed through them, in their concrete rationality and their own poetry.
Flora Citroën graduated from the University of the Arts London in 2013 (LCC, BA in Cinema), before joining ENSAPC where she obtained her Master's degree in 2018. She then joined the RADIAN PhD in practice program (2023-2026). Her work has been presented in France (Grands Voisins -Nuit Blanche, Fondation Fiminco, Théâtre Municipal de Montreuil, 65ème salon de Montrouge, Galerie Bertrand Grimont, Ygrec art center, Festival de Clermont Ferrand -web...) and abroad (Naples, Mexico City, New York). Her texts are regularly published or reinjected into her videos, installations and performances. In recent years, she has turned her attention to writing a novel: "Exposition", which she is publishing in serial form. The same goes for her diary, which she publishes fragmentarily in different editorial and artistic contexts. At the intersection of art and literature, she uses the exhibition as a publication medium. She conceives of her Life as socio-emotional material, from which she produces critical and tender narratives: for her, fiction repairs reality. Her work deals with the subjects of value, creation, wandering and love. She regularly searches for the limits of her own - both formal and conceptual - practice and then breaks with it. In this way, she performs an experimental metafiction aimed at the idea that there is always an elsewhere.