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Nicolas Jaoul: A French Artist in Residence in San Miguel

By Marie Moébius

From June 9 to July 31, this Toulouse-based artist will be working on a new artistic project in our town. Invited by Bellas Artes, Nicolas Jaoul has received the scholarship for “artistic creation residency” from the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation (Amexcid). The aim of the program is to build bridges to enrich Mexican academia and culture through the presence of foreign artists in Mexico.

What a great opportunity for the French artist, who is visiting the Aztec country for the first time! Only a few days after landing in Mexico City, Nicolas is already working at the workshop on a series of etchings, some of which will be donated to the collection of the cultural center. These first works will be part of a wider exhibition to be held at YAM Gallery at the end of his residency.

Nicolas’s first big impression of the country is the outstanding size of Mexico City. He has also been amazed by the vibrant colors everywhere, from the garish hand-painted ads on walls to the use of color on pre-Hispanic murals in Templo Mayor. The experiences of travel and meeting with another culture and another language are fundamental elements of an artistic residency.

During his stay in Mexico, Nicolas Jaoul can rely on his mentor, the famous Mexico City-based painter, Taka Fernandez. Both artists share the practice of drawing and will designate a few days for work-in-common sessions.

The title of Nicolas’s project combines the words “abandonment” and “abundance” in French, creating the neologism “ABANDONCE.” No doubt this term expresses the desire of the artist to abandon himself to creation and to find the abundance that will fulfill him.

By the end of July, Nicolas will open his exhibition, designed especially for YAM Gallery’s space. We expect that this exhibition will include the artist’s visions of San Miguel. We can’t wait to see the results of his work!


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