Residency Open Call

The MEP – Collection Gervanne + Matthias Leridon Collection – Cité internationale des arts Residency is a new residency program for emerging artists, dedicated to African photography, created by Gervanne and Matthias Leridon in collaboration with the MEP and the Cité internationale des arts.

The purpose of this residency is to support young African artists and to highlight practices that explore new forms of photography. The aim is also to promote artists’ mobility to enable them to share their work and expand their artistic and professional networks.

With this program, the Collection Gervanne + Matthias Leridon and its partners commit themselves to support the laureate’s project by offering him/her a special support and a three-month residency in the heart of Paris.


The recipient will be granted:
– a three-month artistic residency, from January 3rd to March 28th, 2022, at the Cité internationale des arts, in a studio with a work-place and a furnished living-place (bedroom, shower, kitchen, wifi), located in the heart of Paris, and near the MEP;
– a specific artistic and professional accompaniment: access to the networks and documentary resources of the three partners.


– Open Call: from October 15th to November 14th
– Results: November 30th
– Residency: from January 3rd to March 28th


Apply here



Located in the heart of Paris in the historic Marais district, the MEP is an institution dedicated to photography. Its programming reflects its openness to current practices and new aesthetics by presenting exhibitions of artists of international stature and its commitment to emerging creation. Supported by the City of Paris, the MEP also houses a vast collection of post-war photographs and one of the largest specialized libraries in Europe.

Collection Gervanne + Matthias Leridon

The Gervanne + Matthias Leridon Collection is at once a human adventure, a story of passion, encounters, aesthetic impulses and artistic choices. Gathering several thousands of works, this collection is a reference in the art world. Gervanne and Matthias Leridon are keen to share with audiences around the world the personal commitment they have with each of the artists from the African continent. The Leridon Collection now includes works by more than 300 contemporary artists from 34 African countries.

Cité internationale des arts

The Cité internationale des arts is an artist residency that brings together artists in the heart of Paris and allows them to implement a creative or research project in all disciplines.

From two months to a year, the Cité internationale des arts allows artists to work in an favourable environment for artistic creation, and to meet culture professionals. The team of the Cité internationale des arts provides residents with individual support.


In the Marais or in Montmartre, the live-in studios (spaces for living and creating) allow residents to cohabit with more than 300 artists and art professionals of all generations, nationalities and disciplines. In collaboration with its many partners, the Cité internationale des arts opens several calls for applications on specific themes and/or projects throughout the year.