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. This unique “Resistance Residency” upholds the memory of the European resistance against the Nazi occupation of Europe.
The residency upholds the memory of the “indomitable» Lisa Fittko (as the New York Times called her), who is celebrated for her underground work against the Nazis in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Holland and France. The philosopher Walter Benjamin made his last journey across the Pyrenees, out of Nazi controlled territory, under her guidance.
The Resistance Residency is intended for art practitioners whose dissident work or activism relates to this history or feels an association to it in present-day parallels.
AR-residents will be co-hosted by Perpetuum Mobile and local art actors also in neighboring cities, such as Cassis and in Marseille.
Perpetuum Mobilε (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 the Re-Aligned Project, the Perpetual Pavilion, the Perestroika Project, The Arts Assembly, Artists at Risk, Sino-Fi and Mobile Talks.