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Reiffers Art Initiatives
Paul-Emmanuel Reiffers, Mazarine's President and Founder, announced the creation of Reiffers Art Initiatives.

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Reiffers Art Initiatives is the new philanthropic and not-for-profit foundation, that supports young artists and cultural diversity. Its mission is to finance, exhibit and give visibility to the new artistic scene, in France and internationally. The foundation initiates several actions and programs. First, a mentorship program between a major international figure in contemporary art and an emerging young artist, which will lead to an exhibition during FIAC. Second highlight, an exhibition "group show" each spring, around a selection of young talents whose work is in touch with the questions posed by today’s society. Exhibitions in China and the United States will also be organized to give a global dimension and to put in dialogue with other cultures, the work of the artists. Finally, the launch of a digital platform, conceived as a “Who’s Who” of the young French artists that will make artists work accessible to as many people as possible.

A experts committee, composed of leading figures in the world of art and culture. They participate in the artistic orientations of the Foundation's initiatives. The members of Reiffers Art Initiatives artistic committee share values of open-mindedness and inclusion, as well as a strong willingness to support the artistic creation in France and worldwide. The committee is composed of Emma Lavigne, President Palais de Tokyo Museum, Benjamin Millepied, LA Dance Project Founder, Diana Campbell Betancourt, Artistic Director Samdani Foundation and Dhaka Art Summit, Matthieu Humery, Exhibition Curator, Simon Njami, Writer, Exhibition Curator, co-founder of Revue Noire, Marie-Cécile Zinsou, Founder Zinsou Foundation, Thomas Shao, Founder Modern Media, Eve Therond, Art Advisor, Thibaut Wychowanok, Deputy Director, and Olivier Massart, La Mode en Images Founder.

  1. In 2021, for the first edition, the Foundation chose the American acclaimed artist Rashid Johnson as a mentor, whose “post-black” conceptual art is internationally renowned and celebrated from MoMA to the Whitney Museum, or the Venice Biennale.

The Laureate of the mentorship program is selected by the mentor from a selection of emerging artists proposed by the Arts Committee. The support and an intergenerational dialogue for six months, will be celebrated by an exhibition in Paris in October at Studio des Acacias during the FIAC week, in a period where Paris concentrates all the world of contemporary art. Rashid Johnson chose the young artist Kenny Dunkan: native of Guadeloupe and former resident of the Villa Medici, he developed a performative and hybrid work, tapping into the visual culture of the Caribbean to question colonial heritage and fragmented identity.