Anysia Troin-Guis and Thomas Conchou are the two laureates of the all-new writing grant launched within the framework of the TextWork programme, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the platform created by the Fondation Pernod Ricard with the support of the French Ministry of Culture.
The TextWork Writing Grant supports emerging writers of the French art scene and accompanies them in developing and publishing a long-form critical essay. The addition of this new facet of TextWork provides an opportunity to change the original arrangement, which aims to support the work of artists of the French art scene to gain notoriety abroad through the publication of monographic texts commissioned from international authors.
After examining the writing pitches received, the TextWork editorial committee (comprising François Aubart, Virginie Bobin, Thomas Boutoux, and Elodie Royer) finally chose the two writing projects that committee members will accompany throughout their development until publication.
Thomas Conchou is a curator, co-founder of the curatorial collective Le Syndicat Magnifique, and general coordinator for Societies, a non-profit entity initiated by Jérôme Poggi and approved by the Fondation de France for the implementation of the action Nouveaux commanditaires. In 2020–2021 he was the curator-in-residence at the Maison Populaire art centre in Montreuil, where he conducted a cycle of exhibitions and events concerning artistic practices and queer relationalities. His text will focus on the influence of queer theory on contemporary artistic creation in a French context.
Anysia Troin-Guis is an art critic and certified teacher of modern literature. With a doctorate in comparative literature, in 2017 she defended her thesis entitled Pratiques et poésies expérimentales de 1960 à 1980 : enjeux esthétiques, éthiques et politiques [Experimental Practices and Poetry from 1960 to 1980: Aesthetic, Ethical, and Political Concerns]. A member of the collective Migrations and Altérités, she is currently preparing a book entitled Recherche et action : regards croisés sur les mobilités et l’altérité [Research and Action: Comparative Views on Mobilities and Otherness]. Her text will focus on the importation into the artistic field of critical thinking fuelled by the history of social struggles, radical and alternative pedagogies, and institutional critique.
The two laureates will receive a grant of 1500 euros. Their essays will be published in the summer of 2022, in French and in English.