Art contemporain Contemporary art Guadeloupe L'Artocarpe

L’Artocarpe is a new space which aim is to promote Contemporary art as well as to encourage artists from the Caribbean region, and from Guadeloupe in particular, to strengthen their practice and take on new opportunities. Please download our written project as well as our activity report (2009 - 2013) below.


© Philippe Virapin
© Philippe Virapin
L’artocarpe is the scientific name of the Bread Fruit tree (artocarpus), a symbolic way of re-using a name little known for a very common tree which is better known by its vernacular creole name of “fwiyapin” (Bred Fruit). The presence of the tree next to the building has led to a logo acknowledging its presence as a green circle overshadowing the venue, since the tree is at time spreading over the street and the house.

Bread fruit trees have historical bearing: their fruits were eaten by running slaves escaping boundage. Today, the trees continue to feed poor families and artists who are struggling with the high costs of living on an island under the growing influence of French monopoly and liberal economy.

L’Artocarpe offers art residencies, workshops, conferences, exhibitions and many other art-related activities with educational content or professional expertise. All events are set up in view of creating a space to allow challenging artworks to be produced and theoretical ideas to emerge.






Please Download our written project (French only)

Visitor viewing the artwork of  Andreaha San (Brazil) during the  studio open days
Visitor viewing the artwork of Andreaha San (Brazil) during the studio open days
Art residencies are to be at the core of the many activities managed by L’Artocarpe.


To date, there is no residency space in Guadeloupe where two artists from different world can meet, exchange and work. The rare residency spaces available can only allocate one artist at a time, are often in isolated areas and run sporadically.

Preparing for an exhibition at L'Artocarpe, in the studio 1
Preparing for an exhibition at L'Artocarpe, in the studio 1
Artists invited in residence remain for a period of time under the same roof. A private room and a studio space are allocated to them so they can work on their own practice separately or together if they wish to. Experimentation, exploring new disciplines are highly encouraged while artists are in residency since they have no obligation of finalising their time with an exhibition at the end of their stay to avoid putting pressure on them.
Artists are however required to give a conference in relation to their work and open their studio at the end of their time to the general public to offer them a better understanding of what contemporary art is.

Meeting with Claire Tancons (art critic Guadeloupe, USA), artist Christophe Cuzin (France) teacher at the National Art school of Cergy, curator Régine Cuzin (not visible here), in the Roots Café in Raizet, after a conference by Claire. Photo: Charles Chulem-Rousseau
Meeting with Claire Tancons (art critic Guadeloupe, USA), artist Christophe Cuzin (France) teacher at the National Art school of Cergy, curator Régine Cuzin (not visible here), in the Roots Café in Raizet, after a conference by Claire. Photo: Charles Chulem-Rousseau
The aim of this new residency space is to create more opportunities for peer artists from different worlds (ideally a artist from the Caribbean in residence with an artist from outside of the Caribbean), to meet, work and feedback each others’ work constructively while the work is being produced. Through this rich exchange, it is anticipated that a better knowledge of each others’ world will develop and through the residents, a better understanding of each other’s art culture will emerge. For art in the Caribbean, and in Guadeloupe specifically, suffers from the lack of interest from the French national art scene and even, due to language barrier, from the rest of the Caribbean region. Furthermore, little if any references of French Caribbean (Guadeloupean and Martiniquean) artists are known from Western art schools, including French schools, or Western art marketplaces, despite the strong intellectual and academic references that are internationally known: Franz Fanon, Edouard Glissant, Aimé Césaire, Patrick Chamoiseau and Maryse Condé being the main names that come to mind when referring to Martinique and Guadeloupe.

The Galvanize Project: Mario Lewis, Tamara Tan and Steve Ouditt (Trinidad) discussing their project presented at Art Bemao '10, curated by artist Jean-Marc Hunt
The Galvanize Project: Mario Lewis, Tamara Tan and Steve Ouditt (Trinidad) discussing their project presented at Art Bemao '10, curated by artist Jean-Marc Hunt
Through these art residencies, a dynamic platform for producing art is taking place which the assistance of professional feedback, as in the recent case of the Portfolio Review event led by three international art professionals: US-based curator Claire Tancons (Guadeloupe, US); Paris-based art critique and Photography expert André Rouillé, director fo Paris-art.com, Trinidadian artist Mario Lewis, director of the Galvanize Project.

We too go abroad on art residency. That was the case in Senegal, Africa, where two members from L'Artocarpe went to spend a month during the Fesman. In July 2012, L'Artocarpe is partly financing the residence of artist member François Piquet in Santo Domingo.










Please download our Activity Report (2009 -2013) - French only

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L'Artocarpe
55 rue Hugo
97 160 Le Moule
F - Guadeloupe
artocarpe@gmail.com
Mob: 0690 302 743 - LD: 0590 901 949
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