Art Point M
Fanny Bouyagui created the Art Point M collective in 1991 in a former fabrics warehouse in Roubaix. With it, she expressed her art in a variety of ways (such as fashion, multimedia installations, performance arts and VJing) and forged some very strong and fruitful relationships: in 1998, Didier Fusillier, founder of the Les Inattendus festival in Maubeuge, founder of Lille 2004 and president of La Villette, accompanied Art Point M during its first stage appearances. The next year, Didier Thibaut, director of the La Rose des Vents national venue in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, prompted the creation of Quelques gens de plus ou de moins, a multimedia offering. Then Jean Blaise, director of Lieu Unique in Nantes, hosted the show I have a dream... Later, she worked with José Manuel Gonçalves, who was then director of La Ferme du Buisson (Marne-la-Vallée), and now runs 104, in Paris.
At the same time, Fanny Bouyagui developed her own visual art work focused on fashion, incarnated in theatrical fashion parades questioning, interpreting and distorting representations of women. She also founded Festival NAME - Nord Art Musique Électronique, in 2005, La Braderie de l'Art in Roubaix, an event dedicated to recycling, and produced a series of portraits of migrants.
Similarly her latest video installation, Soyez les bienvenus, relays the words of refugees met in Agadez in Niger, from where they set off, and in Castel Volturno in southern Italy, where they arrive, against the backdrop of her personal story, that of Fanny, an immigrant’s daughter born in Roubaix to a Senegalese father who arrived in France in 1957. A monumental work created at Gare Saint Saveur in Lille in 2010, then presented in 2011 at the festivals of Chalon sur Saône and Antwerp, at the Champs Libres museum in Britany, and at the 66th Avignon Festival in 2012.
Among other distinctions, Fanny was made a knight of France’s Legion of Honor in September 2013. She was a partner artist of Mons, European Capital of Culture in 2015.
Photo © Joseph Chiaramonte