The AR-Safe Haven Provence is located at the Villa Chêne Vert in the south of France, in the countryside between Toulon and Marseille on the Mediterranean littoral. What we call the “Resistance Residency” upholds the memory of the European resistance against the Nazi occupation of Europe, and in particular, the memory of the “indomitable » Lisa Fittko, as the New York Times called her.
Lisa Fittko is an important figure of the European resistance, known for her clandestine activity against fascism and nazism, from the rise of Hitler in Germany through her work in exile in Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Holland, France and the border to Spain. In the south of France, she worked in close coordination with the renowned American Emergency Rescue organised by Varian Fry.
Fittko is perhaps best know for guiding the philosopher Walter Benjamin, on his last journey across the Pyrenees, out of Nazi controlled Europe before his untimely passing. She tells of this in her first book, Escape through the Pyrenees, which among other prizes won the prominent « Political Book of the Year » for its first German edition. It has been published and republished in many European and also non-European languages.
The AR-Resistance Residency is intended for art practitioners whose dissident work or activism relates to the resistance, the history of anti-fascism and its present-day parallels.
AR-residents will be co-hosted by Artists at Risk (AR) in partnerships (tbc) with local art institutions in neighboring municipalities, including Aix-en-Provence, Cassis and Marseilles.
The Artists at Risk (AR) Secretariat is currently seeking partners for fund-raising in for AR-France.
Perpetuum Mobile (PM), is a curatorial vehicle which brings together art, practice and enquiry. PM has worked extensively in the Nordic, European and international field. Perpetuum Mobile develops longer-term thematic projects which come to include conferences, workshops, residencies, small and large exhibitions, festivals, public and street art, publications, films and new formats. PM’s longer-term thematic platforms include Artists at Risk (AR), the Re-Aligned Project, the Perpetual Pavilion, the Perestroika Project, The Arts Assembly and Sino-Fi.