Residency dates: 8 October – 1st November

Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann was born in Paris, and is a graduate of Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Paris-Cergy. She currently lives and works in Paris and abroad. Laëtitia’s research is based on modern design, its representation and its failures. She sees her work as a kind of programme, where process is treated as inquiry – including the story of its own making – and approached as a critical laboratory. Every opportunity to present a new stage of research naturally brings new context and stories, which inform a site-specific proposal. References come from various fields – cinema, literature, history, architecture and design, all linked by their own narratives and potential for creating new layers of articulation.

About the Malta project:
For this residency, Laëtitia is proposing a site-specific project for the Blitz building, titled ‘Anna’s Weekend’. The project will take the form of an extended workshop, working with a group of local participants, to develop furniture for the space; furniture which is both hybrid and multifunctional.

ANNA’S WEEKEND (excerpt from the artist’s statement)

Design is no longer a solution but a hypothesis. It’s not a definitive declaration, but a scene, a transitory moment, a container of possibilities, an unstable life-form that evolves over time.
Barbara Radice, Memphis, ed. Rizzoli 1984

It’s a collective appointment, a work zone, a workshop made available at the heart of an arts centre for a specified time. It’s a research tool, a practical approach towards and for the community, DIY between endangered institutions and philanthropic sponsors. It’s a question of luck and necessity, a pleasurable task, never a problem. It’s a fluctuating group, a variable geometry embodied, each time, in a unique manner. It’s an elementary principle: making items of furniture, furniture for daily use based on a wish list devised by the hosts/guests. It’s a moral contract and a production contract. It’s imagining design as a series of accidents. It’s an accident…
The Blitz Residency Programme is supported by the Valletta 2018 Foundation. Blitz is supported by Arts Council Malta through a Cultural Partnership Agreement.

Laëtitia Badaut Haussmann’s residency is also supported by the Embassy of France in Malta.

Final presentation / exhibition

The exhibition will be open to the public on Thursday 2 November & Friday 3 November, 11.00am – 6.00pm, at Blitz, Valletta.

To request further information about the programme, images, or to arrange an interview with one of our residents, artists or a member of the Blitz team, please contact: Nicole Bearman Programme Director [email protected] / M 99913919 / W 21224992