To celebrate Raphaël Barontini’s residency, which took place in 2020 at the Heng Long crocodile leather tannery in Singapore, the works stemming from this 5th residency are to be exhibited in Paris between 27 March and 30 April 2021 at the Studio des Acacias, in partnership with Mazarine Group with the support of Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.
The LVMH Métiers d’Art artistic residency program, directed by Léa Chauvel-Lévy, was formed to use the raw materials and know-how of an industry-leading manufacturer as sources for a major artistic project. It is also about stimulating a spirit of creativity and innovation among the artisans themselves, by bringing them face to face with an artist’s vision.
French visual artist Raphaël Barontini, 36 years of age, produced 30 works during his residency, which took place between December 2019 and July 2020 at the Heng Long tannery, in Singapore. The tannery is renowned for its exceptional expertise and know-how in the tanning and finishing of crocodile leather. Like the previous residencies, the works created by Raphaël Barontini are the subject of a book published by RVB Books, entitled Soukhos.
The image-based trades are intimately linked to art and artists: for many years now, Mazarine Group has supported contemporary artistic creation and invited the general public to discover contemporary artists’ works at art exhibitions held at the Studio des Acacias. A mythic studio that has hosted a succession of legendary artists, the Studio is now a space for interdisciplinary creation and a place for discussion, visibility and promotion, for the new contemporary scene as a whole.
A virtual tour of the exhibition will be available on the website www.studiodesacacias.com.