The 10th edition of the Artists Development Programme (ADP), the Bank’s talent accelerator for emerging European artists, has come to a close.
For this special anniversary, the Bank partnered with the Cité internationale des arts in Paris, a unique utopia that hosts over 300 artists from around the world at any given time.
After spending three months in residence at the Cité, the 2022 laureates, Liviu Bulea, Pauline-Rose Dumas, Elsa Mencagli and Laure Winants produced exceptional bodies of work that have been acquired by the Bank to enrich its collection.
As a part of its response to the war in Ukraine, the Bank has also sponsored an additional laureate, Ukrainian artist Nikolay Karabinovych . Already in residence at the Cité, Nikolay used his time to develop his body of work which focuses on many themes including language, media, and the war in Ukraine. The Bank acquired a selection of works on paper from the artist, and further supported the creation of a video inspired by the war’s personal effect on his mother. Currently in production, this work will be shared with EIB Group staff in the new year.
Liviu Bulea (Romania)
While in Paris, Liviu produced a vast body of work centering on fragments and found materials collected by the artist while walking for 20-30km per day. Two works acquired by the Bank, Memories from Paris and Urban Blight, were produced from his findings, and invite the viewer to reflect upon the beauty of forgotten materials, as well as the realities of urban life. Additionally, another project of Liviu’s focused on the meaning of home. He invited people to send him letters reflecting upon their own definition of home, and as his own reflection, his mother knitted the floorplan of his childhood bedroom. The resulting tapestry, Home, was also acquired by the Bank.
Elsa Mencagli (Italy / Denmark)
While in residence, Elsa produced a body of work focusing on verbal and non-verbal communication. Intonations, Act I, acquired by the Bank, uses thread and ceramic pieces to display voices weaving in and out of conversation. In At Dawn, also acquired, she also explores this topic, but this time through the usage of intimate media: a bedsheet and her own hair.
Laure Winants (Belgium)
During her time at the Cité, Laure produced Phenomenon Studies, which was acquired by the EIB. The work was born from a research trip to Iceland, where Laure studied volcanoes and collected lava samples. She then turned these samples into pigments, which she used to produce photographic imprints of her volcanic surroundings.
Pauline-Rose Dumas (France)
Pauline-Rose used the residency to continue the development of her practice, which encompasses both textile and sculpture, primarily through traditional blacksmithing techniques. These techniques are exemplified in Between Lines, which was acquired by the Bank. The work layers blacksmithing elements with a drawn matrix that bears witness to the work’s creation process through its burned holes. The Bank also acquired Matter of Present, a textile and blacksmithing work that incorporates digital prints designed by the artist.
The Artists Development Programme (ADP) is a residency and mentorship programme organised by the EIB Institute. The ADP offers emerging European visual artists under the age of 35 the opportunity to develop their practice in a high quality professional context without any material constraints. It involves the creation of an art project under the mentorship of an internationally renowned artist this year Franco-Italian artist Tatiana Trouvé . The mentors provide an exceptional tutoring and networking opportunity for young artists, while the exhibition of works from the project at the EIB premises adds the credibility of an established setting.