The 20th Fondation d'entreprise Ricard Prize

The 20th Fondation d'entreprise Ricard Prize

From Tuesday, September 11, 2018 to Saturday, October 27, 2018.

Opening on Monday, September 10, 2018Add to my calendar

Curated by Neïl Beloufa.

Artists: Meriem Bennani, Ludovic Boulard Le Fur, Has been, hélas (an exhibition of Camille Besson, Raphaël Rossi, Maxime Testu and Victor Vaysse, from studio Le Marquis), Anne Le Troter, Lucile Littot, Guillaume Maraud, Liv Schulman, South Way Studio (un projet de Emmanuelle Luciani et Charlotte Cosson) and Victor Yudaev

The 20th Fondation d'entreprise Ricard Prize will be awarded on October 19, 2018.

“For 20 years, the Fondation d'entreprise Ricard Prize has been supporting and helping build the French art scene in its structures, hierarchies, methods and forms. Year after year, it legitimizes the practices of artists, curators and institutions, while establishing melodic contrasts when it invites artists to do curation and curators to do art.

Although, more broadly, the torch-passing and role-usurping games between authors, actors, commentators, settings, dedicated and non-dedicated sites, inside and outside, with and without, together, alone and constrained, new and used, free and unfree could constitute a subject, today it seems that these systematic decompartmentalizations have become models of exhibition conception.

So although everything has been said and refuted, validation authorities remain legitimate while no longer representing a concern for artists. Artistic practices are emerging that are no longer about calibration at any cost, nor about opposition formats. The commitment is complete, and is more casual than vindictive. The purposeful lack of definition in these productions is not intended as a statement. It refocuses works on what this introduction avoids evoking in a drawn-out paradox: art and its experimentation.

The exhibition The 20th Fondation d'entreprise Ricard Prize attempts to respect the modalities of its existence while showing this movement, whose main actors are not concerned about each other.

Happy anniversary and thank you."




The nominees:

Meriem Bennani

Ludovic Boulard Le Fur

Has been, hélas (an exhibition by Camille Besson, Raphaël Rossi, Maxime Testu and Victor Vaysse from Le Marquis studio)

Anne Le Troter

Lucile Littot

Guillaume Maraud

Liv Schulman

South Way Studio (a project by Emmanuelle Luciani and Charlotte Cosson)

Victor Yudaev



Meriem Bennani was born in 1988 in Rabat (Morocco), and lives and works in New York (USA). She studied at the Cooper Union in New York and at ENSAD in Paris.

She is represented by SIGNAL in New York

Ludovic Boulard Le Fur was born in 1981 in Paris, and he lives and works in Mouleydier. He studied at ENSBA in Paris and at the School of Art & Design in Canberra (Australia).


Anne Le Troter was born in 1985 in Saint- Étienne, and she lives and works in Paris. She studied at HEAD in Geneva (Switzerland) and at ESAD in Saint-Étienne.


Lucile Littot was born in 1985 in Paris, where she lives and works. She studied at the École d'arts in Rueil-Malmaison and at the École des beaux-arts in Marseille. She is represented by the New Galerie in Paris.


Guillaume Maraud was born in 1988 in Bordeaux, and now lives and works in Paris. He studied law at Université de Bordeaux, then studied at ENSAPC in Cergy. He is represented by Bel Ami in Los Angeles (USA) and Édouard Montassut in Paris.


Has been, hélas:

Camille Besson was born 1990 in Nîmes. He studied at HEAD in Geneva.

Raphaël Rossi was born in 1988 in Dijon. He studied at ESAD in Reims.

Maxime Testu was born in 1990 in Rouen. He studied at ENSBA in Lyon and at HEAD in Geneva.

Victor Vaysse was born in 1989 in Paris. He studied at ENSBA in Paris and at the Fresnoy in Tourcoing.

They live and work in Paris and Seine-Saint-Denis.


Liv Schulman was born in 1985. She grew up in Buenos Aires (Argentina), and lives and works in Paris. She studied at ENSAPC in Cergy, at Goldsmiths University of London (United Kingdom), at UTDT in Buenos Aires and at ENSBA in Lyon.

South Way Studio :

Emmanuelle Luciani and Charlotte Cosson live and work in Marseille.

Victor Yudaev was born in 1984 in Moscow (USSR) and lives in France. He studied at KABK in the Hague (Netherlands) and at ENSBA in Lyon.