Jean Cocteau used to say that the frescoes in the Villa Santo Sospir were tattoos drawn directly on the walls. The term became a legend, and today still the place is known as the “Tattooed Villa”. In 2018, at the invitation of Ilia Melia, four young artists have decided to occupy the space, just as Cocteau did during his era. Louise Hervé and Chloé Maillet (1981) give an oral performance based on an original story about the Villa. Linda Sanchez (1983) uses the natural, organic, mineral elements of the gardens to produce small interventions that will unexpectedly interrupt our view. Arnaud Maguet (1975) mixes sounds from the site (wind and sea) with Cocteau’s cinema and poetry readings by the Lettriste-artists in an original sound design. Pauline Curnier Jardin (1980) invests the heart of the Villa with unusual objects that add strangeness to an area that is already out of the ordinary. All the works are produced on site. The exhibition is open on appointment from the 26th April to the 1st June.


Eric Mangion is curator, assited by Olga Vachilina and Sonia Pastor.


Eric Mangion has directed the Villa Arson art centre since 2006. He also directed the Provence-Alpes-Côtes d’Azur Frac from 1993 to 2005, where he focused on concentrating a considerable part of the collection on evolutive works. He worked as curator and co-curator for a great number of exhibitions, including Self in Material Conscience at the Sandretto Foundation in Turin in 2002, Artur Barrio at the Philadelphia University in 2006, Recommencer, Commencer de nouveau la peinture de Gérard Gasiorowski at the Carré d’Art in Nîmes, 2010, and Modules (Thomas Teurlai, Vivien Roubaud and Tatiana Wolska) at the Palais de Tokyo in 2014. He was also the artistic director of the Printemps Festival in 2010 (Une forme pour toute action), art consultant for the Live Festival in Vancouver, 2011, and he is president of the Actoral Festival in Marseilles since June 2017. In 2019, he will be preparing an exhibition on Sound Poetry at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), as well as an exhibition with Pauline Curnier Jardin and Marie Losier at the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard (Paris). He is co-founder of the platform

Linda Sanchez works by capturing, recording, sampling and developing tools for observation devices. Far from representation, forms and technical skills are always intrinsically related. Movement, either transcribed or reactivated, weaves through most of her work. Status changes, drops, slides and implosions are canalized, accelerated or slowed down, according to the scale of the exhibition space. She explores new working methods on the subjects of surface and plane, playing with cultural and ethical codes (in situ responses, staging and interpretation).

After graduating from the Annecy School of Arts in 2006, Linda Sanchez has exhibited her work at the Galeries Nomades de l’IAC at Villeurbanne in 2007, the Bullukian Foundation in Lyon in 2011, the Maison Salvan, Labège, in 2016, the 62nd Salon de Montrouge and the “Révélations” Emerige exhibition, which she won in 2017. Ever since the launch of “14628.jpg”, in collaboration with the writer Philippe Vasset (Editions ADERA), in 2012, she has worked on several collaborations with researchers, including the anthropologist Tim Ingold. After spending a year at the Casa Velasquez in Madrid, she lived in Marseilles (Astérides Residency in 2017) and participated in the Laboratoire Espace Cerveau directed by the IAC at Villeurbanne. In 2018, she will hold exhibitions at La Tôlerie (Clermont-Ferrand), the Villa Santo Sospir (Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat), the 3bisF (Aix-en-Provence) and, as part of the Emerige Prize, a solo exhibition will be held at the Galerie Papillon in Paris.


Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet were born in 1981. They founded I.I.I.I. (International Institute for Important Items) in 2001, for which they produce performances, genre movies and installations. They are represented by the Marcelle Alix Gallery.

Credac (F), Kunsthal Aarhus (DK) and Passerelle in Brest (F), the Contemporary Art Gallery in Vancouver (CAN), the Synagogue de Delme (F), FRAC Champagne Ardenne (F), and Kunstverein Braunschweig (DE) have organized solo presentations of their work.

They recently took part in Thalielab residency (BEL), Te Whare Hera International Artist Residency in Wellington (NZ), and in the exhibitions Work it, Feel it, Kunsthalle Vienna (At), The Blue-Grey Wall, The Physics Room (NZ), Bonne chance pour vos tentatives…CRAC Alsace (F), The Other Sight, CAC Vilnius (LT), Liverpool Biennial (UK)... They have produced original performances for the Printemps de Septembre (F), Biennale de Lyon (F), Dallas Contemporary (USA), FIAC in Paris (F), the Whitechapel Gallery in London (UK), the Musée Picasso in Paris (F). Their first publication, Attraction étrange (2013), is available by JRP publishers, and their second, Spectacles without Objects was published in 2016 by Editions P in French and Pork Salad Press in English.


ARNAUD MAGUET is a visual artist, a teacher at the publishing studio of the Villa Arson (École Nationale Supérieur d'Art de Nice), a non-musician as defined by Brian Eno and at times an author as defined by himself. He often lives and works in Nice. We could say along with others that his practice strives to establish a cableway connection between the heights of the twentieth century avant-garde and the gutters of underground cultures, but that would be both terribly pompous and extremely simplistic. What is certain, in contrast, is that by taking over the technical means available that, visibly, he doesn’t totally master, he has exhibited his work at the MAC/VAL, the Plateau, the Centre Georges Pompidou, the Villa Arson, the MAMAC in Nice, the Departmental Museum of Contemporary Art of Rochechouart, the Belle de Mai Friche in Marseille and the Confort Moderne in Poitiers. His work has also been shown in the USA, Japan, Canada, Morocco, Great Britain, Spain, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. His works are also in several public collections (CNAP, FRAC Île de France, Musée de Rochechouart…) and in several private collections. He is represented by the Sultana Gallery in Paris. Arnaud Maguet had also created an untypical music label called “Les Disques en Rotin Réunis” (, in which artists such as Super Reverb, Bader Motor (his group with Fred Bigot and Vincent Epplay), Hifiklub, Jad Fair, The Legendary Tigerman, Talweg, Jac Berrocal, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Jean-Marc Montera, Jean Dupuy, Jean-Luc Verna, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot have participated...

He has recorded several solo albums under different pseudonyms and made several film-portraits: 2012, R. Stevie Moore in Nashville: I Am A Genius (And There's Nothing I Can Do About It); 2013, Alain Johannes in the Mojave desert (California): Plans Make Gods Laugh and 2016, Lee Ranaldo in New York: In Doubt, Shadow Him! He is presently working on Derniers Soleils, a futurology fiction shot during a residency in Morocco.


Pauline Curnier Jardin (b.1980, Marseilles) is an artist, filmmaker and performer who lives and works in Amsterdam and Berlin. Along with many degrees, awards and grants (ENSAPC and ENSAD in Paris, Goldrauschkunstlerinnen Projekt Stipendium in Berlin, M.F.A Sciences and Technics at the Swedish University of Linköpping), she completed the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten residency in Amsterdam in 2015-2016. She is guest teacher this year at the Kassel Kunsthohschule, and she directs the seminar “OPERA CORRUPTION” at the Dutch Art Institute together with If I Can’t Dance, I Cannot Be a Part of Your Revolution and semiotician-curator Sara Giannini.


Her installation Grotta Profunda Appronfundita was on display in the 57th Venice Biennale curated by Christine Macel. Her work has travelled internationally in festivals, biennales, museums and galleries, including the Tate Modern, Performa15 NYC Biennale, Museum of Modern Art of Paris, PSM Gallery in Berlin, Palais de Tokyo, M.I.T List Visual Arts Centre of Cambridge, ZKM of Karlsruhe, MIGROS Museum in Zurich, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt in Berlin, FUTURA in Praha, and the Museum of Contemporary USP São Paulo.


This year she won the Dutch NN Award Prize. The year before she was laureate of the French Entreprise Fondation Ricard pour l’Art Contemporain Prize, commissioned by Frieze Film and Channel 4 to direct Teetotum (a three-minute-long film broadcasted on TV), and held her first solo exhibition at Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam. When her last film Explosion ma Baby was released in 2016 after collecting footage for five years, she won several prizes in international film festivals (Age D’Or Prize in the Age d’Or Film Festival of Brussels, Outra Mirada Prize at Verín IFFF, Otto d’Ame Prize at Firenze Schemo dell’arte), and then presented it in cinema exhibited projects and film festivals all over the world, including the International Film Festival in Rotterdam in 2017.


After exploring different expanded forms of narrative such as optic-opera, ethnographic-peep-shows and movie-performances, she has focused on making ultra narrative, colourful but dark musical films and spectacles, where she mostly works with the same troupe of dancers and performers, and has collaborated ever since with the costume and set designer Rachel Garcia. In 2007, she co-founded the dada-femme recital The Vraoums and has bloomed over the years in numerous collaborations with scientists, writers, musicians and performers.

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