Burbs to banlieues:
Residencies of Julia Varga and Olivier Bosson

Curated by Catherine Sicot

March 19 to April 3: Julia Varga
October 8 to 21: Olivier Bosson
Elegoa Cultural Productions

in partnership with Le Labo and Ryerson School of Image Arts
Artist residencies

As part of Burbs to Banlieues, a Franco-Canadian programme curated by Catherine Sicot, French artists Julia Varga and Olivier Bosson have been invited to be in residence in Toronto by Elegoa Cultural Productions in partnership with Ryerson School of Image Arts and Le Labo as part of the Paris-Toronto series coordinated by the Consulate General of France in Toronto with support from the Institut français.

Burbs to Banlieues, a Franco-Canadian programme

Off the Edge – Burbs to Banlieues is a Franco-Canadian project that takes place in the suburbs of Paris and Toronto. It aims at exploring links and differences between territories marked by layers of histories and dreams, in geographies where significant colonial histories and current immigration come into play. The project offers artists based in both countries a context to develop new artworks in the other country. Their works will result from observing and engaging with a territory, and from collaborating with its community members. The artists who take part in the project have a strong interest in immersing themselves in unfamiliar situations, and in elaborating on different types of long-term exchanges.

Participating France-based artists in Canada are experimental film and documentary makers Julia Varga and Olivier Bosson. Julia Varga has recently created a work in Aubervilliers (north of Paris) and is currently editing a film shot in the suburb of Cairo. Olivier Bosson has worked extensively in French suburbs including Lyon’s.

Olivier Bosson in residence (Octobre 8 to 21)

Olivier Bosson is the second artist in residence in Toronto as part of the residency programme Burbs to Banlieues.

Community Partner on the Esplanade for this residency: Jamii


200% by Olivier Bosson and Nicolas Boone – “La poussée”

From October 8 to 21, Olivier Bosson will develop his researches, in partnership with Elegoa and Jamii, in the Esplanade area in Toronto for his project « Zoom » (temporary title) and will shot in Toronto a chapter of his project ‘forum des rêves’. This participatory fiction offers the possibility to broadcast his dreams on his mobile phone to watch them, upload them and share them on the forum. The show runs through individual dreams and the great contemporary dreams. During the first week of the residency, casting will be organized. For further information, please contact Catherine sicot: catherine.sicot@elegoa.com

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October 10 at 7:30 pm: Public presentation at the Ryerson Converge Student Lecture Series, Ryerson University, 122 Bond Street (room IMA 307). We are the audience: Olivier Bosson will give an overview of his art practice that includes both filmmaking and performance, that has to do with his large interest for amateurs’ practices. Presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the artist at 9:00 pm at the Imperial Pub, 54 Dundas Street East.

October 15 – noon to 3 pm: Casting for the project “Forum des rêves” at Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd, 3rd floor. Thank you to CORPUS for providing space: www.corpus.ca

October 15 – 6 to 9 pm: Workshop at Le Labo (in French) “Cinéma échelle 1:1, autofilmage et fiction” focusing on the use of the CAM.

October 16 – 1 to 3 pm: Casting for the project “Forum des rêves” at Centre d’accueil Heritage, 33 Hahn Place (on The Esplanade)

October 16 – 6 to 9 pm: Casting for the project “Forum des rêves” at Le Labo. Distillery District, 9 Trinity Street, Suite 317

October 17, 18, 19: Shooting of the “Forum des rêves” with francophone participants. Location to be determined.

obosson-portrait-150Olivier Bosson was trained at Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, from 2002 to 2004. His work since mainly consists in directing movies and artistic performances. These two approaches influence and feed each other, and are emerging practices and specific problems. He wrote a short book, mixing thoughts and short stories “L’échelle 1 1, pour les performances conférences et autres live” (Ed La riponne), in which he presents theirs issues and motivations.

In recent years, he achieved a lot of works widely distributed, fictional and choral movies notably featuring a lot of non-professional actors: ‘200%’ (2010), fictional movie shot in the suburbs of Lyon, codirected with Nicolas Boone (first presentation at FID, Marseille, ‘Le stop le soir’ (2011) shot in Dordogne, and The possession Forum (2011), a pilot for the web TV Edenroc.

Following the good reception of the pilot, he currently works on a TV show version of the Forum: ‘Le Forum des Rêves’, a TV show in French language, in 10 episodes shot in a dozens of cities.

Julia Varga in residence (March 19 to April 3)

Julia Varga was the first artist in residence in Toronto, from March 19 to April 3, as part of the residency programme Burbs to Banlieues.


“Tous des voleurs!” (working title) by Julia Varga

During a two-week residency, Julia Varga observed new immigrants, city landmarks and programmes that show attempts to facilitate new immigrants’ immersion in Canada. As part of this process, she encountered Nick Noorani, “Social Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker, Ethnic Marketing Expert, Author, Media Personality” who will become the subject of her up-coming documentary project commissioned by Elegoa. She gave a public talk at Ryerson University as part of the new “Kodak Lecture Series” where she presented her work in conversation with Catherine Sicot. Julia also lead a workshop in French at Le Labo, a francophone media art centre in Toronto where she discussed the political power of documentaries by analyzing the differences between educational documentaries and “open” documentaries. She also shown during this workshop Check Check Poto (2009), a work commissioned by Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

portrait-juliavarga-square-150Julia Varga (b. 1972 in Romania) worked with photography, sound and video installation, and radio documentary before turning to experimental documentary filmmaking. She has been based in France since the late 1990s, when she entered the École Nationale Supérieure d’arts de Cergy-Pontoise.
Check Check Poto (2009), her first long feature documentary, has been presented and given awards in many festivals including FID-Marseille (France), Rencontres du cinéma documentaire de Montreuil (France), and Astra Film Festival (Roumania). The film shows a glimpse of the life of teenagers who come and go from a youth community hub, called Mosaique, in Aubervilliers.
Since 2007, Varga has worked on Kollohom Harameyya (Tous des Voleurs), a film shot in a Coptic community based in the suburb of Cairo, the Zaballin (garbage collectors) with whom she entered the turmoil of the revolution. In January 2012, Varga did her first residency in Toronto where she developed the purpose of Canadian Experience, a new film commissioned by Elegoa Cultural Production that focuses on Immigration in Canada.

Elegoa Cultural Productions
Contact: Catherine Sicot
Cell: (647) 771 5371

Ryerson school of Image Arts
350 Victoria Street,

Le Labo
Distillery District
9 Trinity Street, Suite 317








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