“Artworks for Solidarity” – in collaboration with Art Explora

October 8th and 10th, 2022



On Saturday, October 8 and Monday, October 10, 2022, Thanks for Nothing and the Art Explora Foundation organized three “Artworks for Solidarity” workshops in Meudon’s former airship hangar – Hangar Y – as a prelude to the opening of the space to the public in March 2023. This series of collaborative moments is part of the upcoming artistic programming of the new center for art, science and culture.

The workshops were offered as a continuation of educational and participatory workshops “Artworks for Solidarity”, initiated in 2019 by Thanks for Nothing and intended for disadvantaged audiences.

These workshops have allowed the encounter and exchange between audiences of all ages and different backgrounds, with artists whose practices and works address social, environmental and civic commitments. These moments allowed to create a first contact between the audiences in order to stimulate collective creation, but also to highlight the work of these associations with solidarity commitments.

The meals were prepared by organizations committed to fair, sustainable and diversified food supply: Refugee Food and La Table de Cana.

  • To allow audiences far from culture to interact with established artists and to participate in the process of creation.
  • Strengthen social ties and integration.
  • To get out of the daily routine through an inspiring and hopeful experience.
  • Anchor Art Explora in the Meudon area through the project which involves actors such as associations and schools classified as priority.
  • To celebrate the opening of this new cultural space through an innovative project in favor of education.
  • The workshops were proposed in the continuity of educational and participative workshops “Artworks for Solidarity”, initiated in 2019 by Thanks for Nothing and intended for disadvantaged audiences.

1° Saturday, October 8, 2022

The self-taught Cameroonian artist Pascale Marthine Tayou, assisted by 9 of his students at the Beaux-Arts de Paris, proposed a co-creation of 3D sculptures made of recycled straws, beads and wire. The participants were entire Tibetan, African and Ukrainian families, brought together by the association CARMEUDON. This structure, founded in 2015, aims to facilitate the integration into French society of people with refugee status or an equivalent status, regardless of their origin, nationality or religion.

2° Monday, October 10, 2022 – morning

The second workshop was led by Cameroonian artist Barthélémy Toguo whose work explores the dysfunction of the world, migration, exile and nature. Barthélémy Toguo’s works oscillate between denouncing inequalities and celebrating life, the body and nature. This morning appointment with 70 students from the Segpa CP and CE1 classes of the Monnet Debussy elementary school and 5th grade students from the local Armande Béjart school was an invitation to reflect on our relationship with nature and natural resources through painting, and to celebrate its importance.

3° Monday, October 10, 2022 – afternoon

For the third workshop, the Argentinean choreographer Cecilia Bengolea led a dance and body expression workshop during which 15 women who came with the association La Maison des Femmes de Saint-Denis, and 35 students from the Lycée Rabelais de Meudon had the opportunity to meet. Bengolea, who perceives dance and performance as animated sculptures, proposed 3 hours of dance on Caribbean music.