Artists-in-residence during the Tara Mediterranean expedition


24 May 2014

Tara Expeditions organizes scientific, artistic and educational missions with the schooner Tara.  Similar to expeditions in the 19th century, scientists and artists meet aboard Tara and share in a unique human experience.

In 2013, on the 10th anniversary of Tara Expeditions, the exhibition Tara’s 10 years, Visions of 20 Artists  was held at the agnès b. headquarters, showing work done by artists-in-residence aboard. A new exhibition will be organized at the Tara Base in 2015, when the current Tara Mediterranean expedition is over.

agnès b., owner /sponsor of Tara but also clothing designer, collector and gallery owner for 30 years, supports artists through her Galerie du Jour in Paris, and her personal art collection. It is natural for agnès b. and Etienne Bourgois to regularly invite artists aboard Tara. Their presence is a way of bringing environmental awareness to a much wider audience. To this effect, the selection committee met this year to choose from the many submitted projects for 2-3 week onboard residencies during the Tara Mediterranean expedition.

10 artists from 4 different countries were selected to give their impressions on the expedition:
- Yoann Lelong (video): Embiez to Monaco
- Spencer Lowell (photo and video): Antibes to Cala Gonone
- Carly Steinbrunn (photo): Cala Gonone to Athens
- Lorraine Féline (video): Cala Gonone to Athens
- Emmanuel Régent (drawing and installations): Athens to Tel Aviv
- Christian Revest (painting and engraver): Haifa to Bizerte
- Lola Reboud (photo/video): Bizerte to Marseille
- Katia Kameli (video): Algiers to St Tropez
- Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques (3D photo): St Tropez to Calvi
- Malik Nejmi (photo/movie):  Genoa to Tangier

In early 2015, following the Tara Mediterranean expedition, a group exhibition of these artists will be held at the Tara Base, the new center for Tara Expeditions. The 400m2 space on the Port de l’Arsenal à la Bastille (11 Boulevard Bourdon, 4th arrondissement, Paris) will  present free screenings, tours and lectures starting June 2, 2014.
A first exhibition by students from the School of Decorative Arts will be presented there until June 26: The Secret World of Plankton.