Initiated in 2019, Traversées collectives is an artistic creation residency led by the artist Nour Awada around the practice of the body and the theme of transmission with the students of Fernand Léger high school in Ivry-sur-Seine.
With the support of the “Région Île-de-France”, the Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry - le Crédac has partnered with the Fernand Léger high school of Ivry-sur-Seine and invited the artist Nour Awada for an in-school residency program. In echo to the research she is conducting within the Laboratoire des Arts de la Performance (LAP) and in a logic of co-creation, Nour Awada has imagined a series of workshops around the theme of the transition from childhood to adulthood and the rites of passage. Initially oriented to the production of performative forms, the Covid-19 situation transformed these workshops into the production of an edition and the realization of a video.
During the 2019-2020 school year, Nour Awada and the students developed a documentation process through writing and photography that resulted in a publication in 2021. The final edition, itself conceived as an object of transmission for the stories the students entrusted to Nour Awada, is distributed to each student and kept in the high school library and at the Crédac for consultation.
The following year, Nour Awada offered the students of the UPE2A class to establish definitions of what the passage to adulthood means for them and in relation to their personal stories. A large part of the work sessions was devoted to body research, in order to be able to put the students’ words into movement and to conceive performance scenarios in groups. The final project took the form of a video compiling the gestures as symbols of transitional narratives, of which the students are the authors and producers.
This time of residency also made it possible to combine various aspects of the artistic and cultural pathway; the meeting with an artist and his practice, the discovery of art and heritage sites and a transdisciplinary approach to art related to the various disciplines taught in the high schools.
Born in Beirut in 1985, Nour Awada graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris in 2012, after a degree in Plastic Arts at the Sorbonne. Laureate of the François Schneider Prize in 2012, of the Icart Prize in 2015 and of the Hors Champs selection of the International Françoise Competition 2017, her sculpture and video work has been exhibited in France and internationally. She is the founder of LAP - Laboratoire des Arts de la Performance, and has been developing a performance practice for the past two years, which she activates individually or collectively, involving professional or amateur performers. Her most recent works include Toucher le soleil with teenagers from a Seine-Saint-Denis high school in partnership with the art center Mains D’Œuvres, Les passeurs at the Palais de Tokyo with LAP artists at the invitation of Réseau Tram, and Le bruit et le signal at Lafayette Anticipations performed by data scientists from the company Ekimetrics.
With the support of the « Aide régionale à l’éducation artistique et culturelle dans les lycées et les CFA » of Île-de-France region