Open House Day | Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 2pm - 7 pm

Free of charge, no reservation required

During the Open House Day, artists and scholars in residence at Camargo this spring will develop creative proposals to share their work with the public. Guided tours of the property and gardens with members of our team will also enable visitors to immerse themselves in the world of founder Jerome Hill and to understand the vision of Camargo today. 

  • VK Preston, « Between Water and Stone », installation of images and words +

    2 pm - 6:30 pm

    For the open studio day, VK Preston shares poetic writing on patients’ and families’ health-care experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic, reflecting on duration and the loss after their father’s passing in 2023. How is health care modeled on isolation injurious? What is cultural life and relationship in this time? Is there a right to cultural experience in challenging passages of life and against the institutionalization of our lives? “Between Water and Stone” shares practice through seasons of loss and the border between matter and solace.

    VK is writing an academic book on dance and baroque politics at Camargo.


  • Lara Tabet, « Correspondent Species », multidisciplinary installation +

    2 pm - 6:30 pm

    Correspondent Species is a multidisciplinary project that focuses on the sea both as an ever-changing biochemical habitat and a living entity. The current fluxus of underwater species and molecules foreshadows the imminent exodus of the people on the land above. Looking at the world’s ocean as a chimeric body of water made out of communicating vessels whose biochemical composition is affected by the hydro-political forces of the lands that surround it, Correspondent Species examines endemic and invasive water species and the fluxes that drive them. It follows my own migratory route from Beirut to Marseille to weave a new cartography around the bio-poetic.


  • Petra Kuppers, Disability culture dance videos +

    2:30 pm - 4 pm

    This presentation will share two videos:

    Becoming Fossil (13 mins)

    Becoming Fossil invites viewers to become time travelers through kaleidoscopic sensations of touch and elemental change. Join in and travel backward and forward in time around our small precious planet. Ride the waves of climate emergencies, and experience both extinction and resiliency in human and more-than-human touches.

    Touching Time: Minnahanonck/Roosevelt Island (10 mins)

    A diverse cohort of disability artists living in Lenape (Lenapehoking) Terrority (what is now known as New York City) come together for site-specific movement sketches on Roosevelt Island, a historical site of hospitals, mental asylums, and prisons. Moving amongst ghosts of the past, the artists seek to reclaim geographic and ableist narratives of abuse and dysfunction. Nature, sculpture, and the water are collaborators as they move throughout the island, acknowledging the land and envisioning inclusive futures.

    The video was commissioned as part of the Disability History Handbook for the National Park Service, itself a collaborative venture between the NPS and the National Council on Public History.

    Afterwards, there will be an opportunity to talk to filmmaker/choreographer Petra Kuppers.


  • Sara Kippur, « What does/should an artists’ colony look like ? », Meeting with visitors +

    3 pm - 5 pm

    Sara Kippur is a professor of postwar French literature in the U.S. While at Camargo, she is writing about Oppède, a site of a utopian experiment in 1940, when a group of artists collectively restored a medieval town in southeastern France that served as a safe haven during the war. Her aim is to write an experimental cultural history of an artists’ colony that existed in wartime France through the perspective of being part of an artists’ community today, with the threat of war in Europe not faraway. For the Open Studio, she will display some paintings, photos, and newspaper clippings about Oppède and, through a series of prompts, will invite visitors of all ages to reflect on their impressions and ideas of artists’ communities. This will be an informal event, where visitors can stop by for tea and conversation, or just to draw a picture.


  • Khalik Allah, « Camera Ministry », photo installation +

    4:30 pm - 6 pm

    This work is about redemption, strength, and resilience amid addiction, poverty, and street life. A comment on the times and the people who birthed civilization, the great Kingdoms of Africa, and how they fell and where they have been scattered. From the Valley of Kings to drug addiction, imprisonment, invisibility, and persecution, just for having frizzled hair. A neighborhood corner brutalized by police. A fragile society opposed by society. Souls Against the Concrete—poor but happy—misunderstood by society at large but still radiating the spirit of kings and queens. This collection of portraits represents a part of black history that shouldn’t be avoided—a small part of a great legacy that should be remembered. The struggles of the world desperately call for a different perspective on the problems we face. This work is the result of many nights spent with my Nikon F2 35mm camera on the corner at night. A photography style inspired by jazz: the improvisational click of the shutter fitting into the polyphonic symphony of the corner at night—equal parts psychiatry and photography.


  • Pneuma Ensemble, « Oiez ! Medieval musical histories », presentation and musical performance +

    5 pm - 6:15 pm & 6:30 pm - 7 pm

    Pneuma Ensemble will give a brief introduction to the work of a medieval music ensemble: what repertoires survive, what instruments are used, and what is the process of reconstruction. They will also introduce their Camargo project: the reconstruction of three narrative pieces from before 1150. None of these pieces survives with musical notation, but all come with a great deal of musical and cultural background.


Nicolas Floc'h at Rencontres d'Arles 2024 | July 1 to September 29, 2024

Nicolas Floc'h will take part in Rencontres d'Arles 2024, from July 1 to September 29. He will present a fragment of his photographs taken in the United States (Fleuves Océan series). Based on a dozen of the 224 color points of water, the exhibition offers an immersion into the American landscape, the water cycle and the landscape of color.


“The more I document and read the colors of the waters, the more the information they contain multiplies and organizes itself, like the writing of the living, minerals, soil, space and climate. The most common underwater and oceanic landscape forms

a colorful expanse as vast as the eye can see. Through photography, monochrome painting joins landscape painting, yet vegetal and mineral elements are expressed not through the romantic representation of a rock or a mountain, the impressionistic touches of a field of flowers or the scintillation of light on the surface of the ocean, but through color and light alone. This color is that of the microscopic which becomes visible through accumulation, floating pigments, dynamic and free, whose saturation increases with depth...”, writes Nicolas Floc'h. 

For Rivers Ocean, his new series, twinned with Productive Landscapes, he traces the course of water at their watersheds, from the Mississippi to the Rhône, from the Loire to the Seine. In quest of color, he photographs water beneath the surface, its nuances playing a part in shaping and transforming territories. 

In 2022, he documented the Mississippi watershed from 224 water columns at as many sites, covering 31 states. Each column is a series of panoramic underwater photographs organized vertically according to the depth at which they were taken. Simultaneously, black-and-white series document the terrestrial space between the multiple water-colored sites. This photographic survey of the watershed is that of the journey of visible or invisible water, atmospheric, inscribed in rocks, abundant in vegetation, displaced by agriculture, absent in arid zones...

Nicolas Floc'h. Delta du Mississippi, Bayou, Louisiane, série Fleuves Océan – Mississippi, 2022.