European Pavilion

About the European Pavilion

The European Pavilion is a pan-European and multidisciplinary arts initiative by the European Cultural Foundation implemented in collaboration with, and with the support of, key partners including the Camargo Foundation, the Kultura Nova Foundation, and Fondazione CRT.

The goal of the European Pavilion initiative is to facilitate a space that encourages experimentation and reflection on Europe. It sets out to support a European network of arts and cultural organisations that, through artistic and educational projects, offers the opportunity to explore ideas for a future Europe. The pavilion, which has taken on many functions and forms throughout history, has the quality to remain open to new definitions and meanings – much like Europe itself.

The European Pavilion is a multi-annual program which will hopefully welcome many new partners in the coming years.

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About the residency

Translating Resistance, Smuggling Utopia
Towards a European Pavilion in Marseille

Within the framework of the European Pavilion initiative, Camargo invites French-Tunisian historian Leyla Dakhli to lead a collective process entitled Translating Resistance, Smuggling Utopia. Consisting of researchers, translators, artists, and activists, the collective will share, read, compare, and discuss texts, archives, and ideas to retrace some trajectories of resistance and utopian thinking in ​Southern ​Europe and the Mediterranean.

In December 2021, Leyla Dakhli will come to Camargo for a 5-day residency in Cassis. As the curator of this program, she will extend this invitation to philosopher Elsa Dorlin and Caroline Meyer Picard. Together they will start an initial discussion on the possible angles, questions, materials and forms they would like to explore throughout the process.



The collective

Leyla Dakhli, curator of the program, historian, France, Germany, 2021 (left)
Elsa Dorlin, scholar in social and political philosophy, France, 2021 (bottom right)
Caroline Meyer Picard, choreographer, France, 2021 (top right)
  • Leyla Dakhli +

    Curator of the program, historian, France, Germany

    Leyla Dakhli is a full-time researcher in the French Center for National Research (CNRS), presently settled in the Marc Bloch Center in Berlin. She is a historian, and her work focuses particularly on the study of Arab intellectuals and cultural history of the South Mediterranean region. She has a special focus on the social history of intellectuals—women and exiled intellectuals and activists in particular—and on the question of languages in the Mediterranean region, considered as a way to understand its entangled history. She is member of the scientific committee of the International Review of Social History (Amsterdam) and Le Mouvement social (Paris), and she contributes regularly to the Lebanese journal Al-Safir al-Arabi, the web-journal La Vie des idées, and Jadaliyya. She is the principal investigator of the project DREAM – DRafting and Enacting the Revolutions in the Arab Mediterranean (European Research Council Grant 2018-2023). She founded the European Society of Authors, dedicated to promoting translation and ideas’ exchanges.

  • Elsa Dorlin +

    Scholar in social and political philosophy, France

    Elsa Dorlin is Professor of social and political philosophy at the University of Paris VIII Vincennes/Saint-Denis (France). Previously, she was Associate Professor of History of science and History of Philosophy at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and, in 2009, she won the bronze medal of the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) for her work on feminist theory and philosophy of gender. She has been Visiting Associate Professor at the Critical Theory Program of the University of California, Berkeley (2010-2011), and recently Abigail R. Cohen Fellow at the Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination (2018-2019). A specialist in the philosophy of Michel Foucault and continental philosophy, Dorlin’s research also focuses on Marxism, black feminist epistemology and Fanonian and decolonial phenomenology. She is the author of several books and articles, included La Matrice de la race. Généalogie sexuelle et coloniale de la Nation française (Paris, La découverte, 2006). Her latest book Self-defense: A philosophy of violence (Paris, Zones, 2017), winner of the 2018 Frantz Fanon Book Prize from the Caribbean Philosophical Association, has been translated in eight languages and is forthcoming in English (Verso). 

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  • Caroline Meyer Picard +

    Choreographer, France, Germany

    Trained at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, she joined the Béjart Ballet Lausanne in 1990 before meeting Maguy Marin in 1994. World tours, political and social commitment, creations mixing dance, theatre, music, improvisation... The choreographer will remain a reference in her artistic career. In 2003 she joined the Felix Rückert Company in Berlin, where she discovered a work in intense interaction with the public. In Berlin, she performs for Sommer Ulrikson, Eun Me Ahn, Tchekpo Dan Agbetou, Arthur Kuggeleyn and the actress Corinna Harfouch.
    Since 2003, she has created several choreographies, including "Cellule 401" at the Ferme du Buisson, "Auto-Mata" at La Villette, "Anna-Luise" at the Sophiensaele and "Ibeji", a co-production between the Sophiensaele in Berlin and Chad.
    In 2011, she started to deepen her knowledge of body awareness and somatic work. She became a Reiki practitioner, Pilates coach and trained as a mindfulness meditation facilitator. Her creativity is put at the service of her pedagogy which never ceases to question the sensitive body in movement. Since 2018, she has been teaching dance technique at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Through experimentation and theory, she offers a space to explore sensations, emotions and feelings through dance movement.

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