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Black Optics Artist Residenc 


The Black Optics Artist Residency Program is for emerging and established artists of the African Diaspora. The artist-in-residence is expected to create a new work that is connected to either the museum’s permanent collection or a temporary exhibition. The visiting artist will also develop programming that involves sharing their work and area of expertise (e.g. printmaking, sculpting, playwriting, fashion design) with faculty and students at Clark Atlanta University and broader Atlanta communities.  

The artist residency program supports Clark Atlanta University Art Museum’ goal of being a center for the presentation and critical study of African Diaspora art and museum praxis. The visiting artist is given time and space for creative growth and experimentation. Their project should generate new perspectives about the museum’s permanent collection, exhibition, and/or contemporary museum practices. 

Artist-in-Residence: Guy Gabon


Guy Gabon is an eco-artist, designer, and filmmaker whose work explores the interrelationship between the natural and urban environment. Her documentary film and mixed media experiments draw attention to the imbalances created by consumer society. Her public commissions, including the project From Waste to (Re)Design, involve transforming urban waste into aesthetic forms.  In 2013, she founded La Ressourcerie des Arts to increase awareness about environmental and sociopolitical issues. She has participated in artist residencies in Canada, France, the United States, and various African countries including Madagascar, Mozambique, and South Africa. 

As an artist and eco-activist, Gabon focuses on the imbalances caused by globalization and the political, social, and ecological issues faced by nations. She uses the experimental and innovative languages of contemporary art to express the radical climate change at work in the world in a way that engages audiences at an emotional level. She feels that she has the responsibility to witness, capture, and describe those changes and to create images that express the complexities of the situation. She specifically implements multidisciplinary and protean artistic and environmental experiments in public spaces. 





As the CAUAM Artist-in-residence, she will participate in a series of events that will connect her to the city of Atlanta as well as the museum’s primary audiences. In collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the USA, Gabon will be on a panel during European Climate Diplomacy Week. At Alliance Française, her film Mauvais Genre (Bad Gender), which addresses the relationship between first names and gendered identities. During France-Atlanta, she will host a workshop about works-in-progress that relate to Clark Atlanta University’s historic collection of African American fine art, the city of Atlanta, and women in the American and Global South.  


Date: September 27, 2019
Location: Living Building, Georgia Tech 

“Art & Climate Futures”  

  • 3:45 - 4:30: “carte blanche” at three artistic approaches about climate change   
  • Guy Gabon, visual artist, eco-designer and Guadeloupe filmmaker, 
  • Erin Jane Nelson, Atlanta-based artist and executive Director of Burnaway, 
  • Gwenola Wagon,  artist and lecturer at Paris 8 University’s visual arts department & Pierre-Cassou NoguèsProfessor at Paris 8 University’s philosophy department in france. 
  • 4:30 - 5:00: Discussion with artists  

Moderator: Anna StenportChair of the School of Modern Languages 


Date: November 5, 2019, 6-8pm 
Location: Alliance Francaise, 1201 Peachtree Street NE, Building 400, Suite 1104,  Atlanta, GA 


Date: November 7, 2019, 5-7pm  
Location: Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, SW,
                  Trevor Arnett Hall, Second Floor, Atlanta, GA 30314