Since 2016, the Frac Centre-Val de Loire has been developing an ambitious extra-mural program. Alongside the implementation of a new policy for disseminating and exhibiting the collection, this new development is also being asserted by a physical inclusion of artistic and architectural research—on a regional level, seen as a tangible space for experiments and new narratives. By spanning a six-month period, the Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans also intends to infuse and infiltrate reality through programs involving time-frames, maturation, porosity and capillarity as active principles of creation.

During the Biennale, two residencies will be organized as part of particularly strong and structure-providing partnerships in the territorial program of the Frac Centre-Val de Loire: the National School of Art in Bourges and the Transpalette Contemporary Art Centre on one hand, and, on the other, the Georges Daumézon Departmental Hospital Centre situated at Fleury-les-Aubrais. The works produced in situ will be on view from January 2018 onward.

Mengzhi Zheng – Artist in residency

Mengzhi Zheng left his native China at the age of seven when he came to France. He studied graphic design before joining the Villa Arson in Nice from 2006 to 2011, the same year he obtained his Diploma in Artistic Expression at DNSEP. During that same period he studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt ( 2009 to 2011).The artist has developed a visual approach related to space and architectural dreams. He refers to his constructions as ‘non-inhabited spaces’, ‘inarchitectures’ and ‘nonfunctional spaces’. His work has been shown in various spaces including the Verney-Carron Space, Lyon, and at the Halle Girard at the Palace of Tokyo after being spotted at the 13th Biennale of Lyon (2015). He has also shown at the Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig (2016).

Saba Innab - Architect in residency

Saba Innab is an architect, urbanism researcher and artist working in Amman (Jordan) and Beirut (Lebanon). She is a graduate of the Jordan University of Science and Technology. The work of Saba Innab relates to urbanism and the process of the production and reproduction of space. She has worked with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) on the reconstruction of the Nahr el Bared camp in North Lebanon – a project nominated for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Her work was presented at the 6th Biennale of Marrakech (2016), the 7th Home Works show at Beirut (2015) and at the Museum of Modern Art of Warsaw (2015). Saba Innab will be welcomed at the National Higher School of Art (ENSA) of Bourges during the Biennale in order to produce a brand new work, and she will be presenting her latest research. She will be providing Turbulences with a series of models that pose questions relating to architecture without earth.