Lydia Amarouche and Rosa Duffy will explore practices of resistance and possible margins of action around the independant book scene. From the processes of publishing, to distribution, to curating and reading, they will discuss the importance of creating and nurturing community spaces, ephemeral in the case of Shed publishing, and perennial in the case of For Keeps. Amarouche and Duffy will share the challenges that exist in the book sector, in their two countries, France and the United States, and cities, Marseille and Atlanta.

This talk is in partnership with Villa Albertine, who are presenting talks with their Atlanta-based Villa residents. Created by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and supported by the French Ministry of Culture, Villa Albertine offers a novel artists’ residency model in which residents choose the location best suited to their work within the host country. With a permanent presence in 10 major US cities, it aims to foster in-depth exploratory residencies for artists, thinkers, and culture professionals hailing from all creative disciplines. In its inaugural year, Villa Albertine will host 80 residents for one- to three-month customized residencies.

This artist talk will last about 1 hour and will take place within the Lecture Hall. This talk is free to attend but RSVP is encouraged.

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Villa Albertine

Reinventing artists’ residencies, Villa Albertine is creating a network for arts and ideas spanning France and the United States. It offers tailor-made residencies for global creators, thinkers, and cultural professionals.

Lydia Amarouche

Marseille-based publisher and curator Lydia Amarouche is a sociology, anthropology, and history graduate of the École Normale Supérieure. She explores various archive documents to create publishing surveys that are either exhibited or performed. In 2019, she launched Corpus, a series of collective, open-access readings that dealt with colonial history, queer and feminist issues, the penitentiary system, education, and art. In 2020, she founded Shed publishing, a publishing and art platform that releases essays on social and political theory, and youth literature. Lydia also lectures at Aix-Marseille University.

Rosa Duffy

Rosa Duffy is an Atlanta-based artist, and the owner/curator of For Keeps Books. Born and raised in Atlanta, Rosa’s passion for both literature and visual arts led her to establish For Keeps Books in 2018, a unique bookstore, reading room and archive dedicated to celebrating Black literature in all its forms. In addition to her work with For Keeps Books, Rosa continues to pursue her own artistic endeavors, exhibiting her work in galleries and cultural institutions across the country. Her art serves as a reflection of her deeply held beliefs, exploring themes of identity, heritage, and the human experience. Through the diversity of her artistic pursuits, Rosa aims to amplify marginalized voices and foster community engagement. Her work as both an artist and entrepreneur reflects her commitment to social change and the transformative power of both the visual and literary arts.


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