The Fondation François Schneider - 7th edition of Contemporary Talents - Wattwiller, Alsace

Fondation François Schneider
7th edition of the international competition Contemporary Talents 
Watwiller (Alsace), France


The Fondation François Schneider has the vocation to support the contemporary creation based on the topic of water. Its ambition is to discover and show new talents to the general public through a competition : Contempary Talents.

The grand jury, chaired by Jean-Noël Jeanneney, has chosen 8 artists of 4 nationalities as prize-winners of the 7th edition of the competition : Edouard Decam - Cristina Escobar - Sara Ferrer - Claire Malrieux - Camille Michel - Maël Nozahic - Benjamin Rossi - Collectif Sandra & Ricardo

The prize-winners artworks will be shown on a group exhibition in 2019 in the Foundation art center and will enter its collection. Over the years, a unique art collection of around forty pieces has been built up through the acquisition of the prize-winners’ works – drawings, paintings, sculptures, videos, photographs and installations. Whilst illustrating the topic of water via different angles (scientific, political, environmental, philosophical, etc.), their works demonstrate the diversity of artistic practices in the 21st century.

The grand jury 2018 
- Jean-Noël Jeanneney (President of the jury)
- Daniel Lelong (Gallery Lelong, France)
- Rosa Maria Malet (Honorary member of the Joan Miro Foundation, Spain)
- Alfred Pacquement (Honorary general curator of heritage, France)
- Ernest Pignon Ernest (Artist, France)
- Fabrizio Plessi (Artist, Italy)
- Roland Wetzel (Director of the Tinguely Museum, Switzerland)

The Fondation François Schneider
Philanthropic foundation, established in 2000 and recognized as a body acting in the public interest in 2005, the Fondation François Schneider, works in the twin fields of culture and education. The Foundation enables secondary school pupils to access higher education by offering them grants and assists contemporary artists by supporting the diffusion of their work.
The Foundation, directed by Marie Terrieux, encourages creative activity through various initiatives devoted to the theme of water, including an international competition, the acquisition of works for its collection and the organisation of themed exhibitions in its contemporary art centre and sculpture garden. This work is complemented by publications, loans, travelling exhibitions and a residency programme for young artists from art schools along the Rhine.
Located beside the Rhine, which runs from Switzerland to the Netherlands by way of France and Germany, the Foundation François Schneider places interculturality at the heart of its programming, helping to bring about fruitful contacts between artists and the local populations of these different areas.

Photo: Sandra Baía and Ricardo Escarduça.The Memory of Water, 2017, installation, plastic bags filled with water and pool ladder 
Courtesy Collectif Sandra & Ricardo and the Fondation François Schneider