Help Antoine, young photographer from Aleppo, to make his dream come true…

Because peace has no frontiers, help us to bring a young Syrian photographer to Europe for an artistic residency.

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Help Antoine, young photographer from Aleppo, to make his dream come true…

<p>Each year, Maison Cantegrit organises an artistic residency in Saint Antonio de Portmany on the Island of Ibiza.&nbsp; It is the meeting place where artists (painters, sculptors, musicians, photographers), for one month, can create works and interact freely in an environment conducive to creation.&nbsp;At the end of the residency, the artists will be exhibited in San Antonio and in galleries and museums in Europe.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>For the 2019 edition, the artists will work on the theme &quot;From the Chaos of Origins&quot;.&nbsp; And we have notably selected Katharine Cooper, a South African artist whose remarkable work on the White people of Africa, and on Aleppo, city ravaged by war (&quot;Aleppo mon Amour&quot;, Arnaud Bizalion Publisher) struck us.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>During our conversations, Katharine spoke to us about a young Syrian artist whom she met whilst visiting this war-torn country: Antoine Makdis.&nbsp; A young student in Political Sciences, he spends his free time photographing the chaos which surrounds him and seeks the glimmer of hope which allows him, his friends and his family, to survive.</p> <p>Antoine has, several times, shown his work in Europe, but has never been able to make the journey himself; the administrative constraints are considerable, and above all, he lacks the necessary funds.</p> <p>Katharine writes about Antoine: &quot;<em>I met Antoine in 2017 when I visited Aleppo for the first time, three months after the end of the fighting in the city.&nbsp; I was looking for a guide and translator in order to take pictures of this ancient city ravaged by war.&nbsp; The four weeks that we spent exploring the streets of Aleppo will remain forever in my mind.&nbsp; Thanks to Antoine, I discovered the great life force which survives in Aleppo.&nbsp; Thanks to him, I realized how strong the pulse of life beats in this city with which I fell in love&hellip;&nbsp; Antoine was used to Westerners coming to photograph the destruction, ignoring the scenes of daily life all around.&nbsp; When he saw that I was interested in just those things, in the beauty of humans in their ordinary environment, we made an immediate connection.&nbsp; In Antoine I discovered a photographer of extraordinary sensitivity, who had such a humane attitude towards his neighbors be they Christian or Moslem, managing with great ease to navigate amongst these various communities in order to photograph them.&nbsp; He told me that I had inspired him to do this.&nbsp; After I left Aleppo, I continued to watch the progress he made, all the while thinking that certain things could be improved on a technical &nbsp;level</em>.&quot;</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>For this 2019 residency, other artists, apart from Katharine, include Yannick Fourni&eacute;, a well-known French painter who exhibits worldwide, as well as Andreina Ramos, a young Venezuelan artist, living as a refugee in Spain.&nbsp; Antoine will have the opportunity to see and share in the the works of Clarisse d&#39;Arcimoles, a young Franco-British artist living in London, who will show one of her latest installations in the San Antonio Museum.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>By coming to Europe, Antoine will also have the opportunity to finally see his works exhibited for real and not merely through photographs that have been sent to him.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>This year, Maison Cantegrit has offered to host him but the travel costs are high.</p> <p>Help Antoine to make this dream come true.</p>

Allocation of funds

<p>Maison Cantegrit will host Antoine during the residency as well as his daily living costs throughout the duration of his three-week stay, which represents a budget of about 1 500 euros.</p> <p>However, Antoine is from Syria: he needs to take a bus to Beirut, a plane to France, then Ibiza, as well as cover the administrative costs for Syria, Lebanon, France and Spain.&nbsp; Thus, he will need 3 500&euro;.</p> <p>We hope you can help Antoine to be able to come for this artistic residency in October 2019.</p>


Our eternal gratitude and a postcard signed by the artist


  • 20 contributions
Antoine really needs your help to be able to participate in this artistic residency and thus progress in his art.  We can therefore not thank you enough. Each donator will also receive a signed postcard printed from works produced by Antoine during the residency.

Your name mentioned in the final exhibition as well as a signed postcard


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At the end of the artistic residency, an exhibition will be organized with the works produced by the artists.  The names of the donators will be mentioned in all the exhibition documents as thanks for their contribution. Each donator will also receive a signed postcard printed from works produced by Antoine during the residency.

Batch of three postcards signed by the artist


  • 16 contributions
The donator will receive three signed postcards printed from works produced by Antoine during the residency.

Batch of ten postcards signed by the artist


  • 5 contributions
The donator will receive ten signed postcards printed from works produced by Antoine during the residency.

A signed and numbered print


For this contribution, Maison Cantegrit will make a numbered print signed by the artist.

-5% on the sale price of works created during the residency


We will offer you a 5% discount on the sale price of  works which have been created during the residency by the entirety of the artists in residence in 2019.

A stay of 7 nights at Maison Cantegrit in Ibiza during the residency period


For our generous donators, we are offering a stay for two people (excluding transports) for seven nights during the residency period, with the artists' presence: within the period 30 September to 20 October 2019. Our generous donators will live the experience of creation in the artists' presence.  And in the same conditions: sharing daily life and numerous encounters. N.B.: This offer does not include the costs of travel to and from Ibiza.  On site, all the costs of living are shared by the residents.  For getting around the island, we use a car whose rental costs are also shared.  Maison Cantegrit reserves the right to organize generous donators' dates of stays according to the availability of the rooms in the finca.

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