Yang Jiechang, Stranger Than Paradise, Mountain Top, 2011. Installation view of “Stranger Than Paradise” at La Criée Centre for Contemporary Arts, Rennes, 2011. Photo: Marc Domage. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris
La Criée Centre for Contemporary Arts is a cultural facility of the city of Rennes. Each season, La Criée presents an ambitious new project revolving round its four creative activity platforms:
Art at the Centre is a platform devoted to exhibitions at La Criée. Each cultural season brings four or five exhibitions, which provide support for artists working in Brittany and abroad. The venue also welcomes one or two guest curators each year.
Continental Shores is a platform committed to artist residencies, the production of works and exhibitions in European cities on the Atlantic Rim. International cooperative projects are a further possibility, depending on opportunities for partnership with relevant contemporary art bodies, or in the context of cultural seasons organized abroad by the Culturesfrance project.
Territories in the Making is a platform allowing for the long-term establishment of art projects within the territory of the city of Rennes. It includes artist residencies in schools, twinning with six educational and leisure bodies every season, and a partnership with a local health establishment for artist residencies and/or workshops.
Looking Forward is a platform that puts intellectual stimulation at the heart of things at La Criée. One module involves the organization of seminars and colloquia bearing directly on contemporary art issues. A second module emphasizes the importance of the exchanges between the art center, art schools, and universities. A third module brings together artists, researchers, local government agents, and social welfare personnel to examine the relevance and limitations of art projects that address social issues.