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Marcos Avila Forero has been invited to the Maroquinerie Nontronnaise, for the fourth season of artists’ residencies organised by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès: a promising encounter between an artist noted for his work in situ, and the local history and living heritage embodied in the Maroquinerie’s team of expert artisans.
Each new work by Marcos Avila Forero is based on an encounter with a unique story, an individual, or an event, expressed as a performance, video or installation using often humble, everyday materials. Born in Paris in 1983, Forero’s politically-engaged works explore violence, destitution and personal stories crossed with fate or the destiny of his home country, Colombia. Forero studied at the Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Rueil-Malmaison before enrolling at the Paris École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts(ENSBA), from where he graduated in 2010.
Mentored by Giuseppe Penone (his studio teacher at ENSBA), Marcos Avila Forero will be based at the Maroquinerie de Nontron in the Dordogne (France) as of February 2013, at the heart of a rural development zone. Founded in 1995 on a site rich in industrial history, the workshop is a recognised centre of excellence and acclaimed for its environmental approach.
Running annually since 2010, artists’ residencies organised by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès enable four young visual artists to discover and work with exceptional artisan skills, mentored by established names. A period of immersion in the day-to-day life of the workshops precedes the development of each artist’s ad hoc project. Following a feasibility study, each piece is then created in situ, in collaboration with Hermès artisans.