The Board of the Fondation Villa Seurat for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the appointment of the jury Members for the 2023 Call for Projects.

Juliette Frescaline, Nos courtes et vaines mémoires, métal, 2021, 47x33x33

A graduate of the École Spéciale d’Architecture (valedictorian), N’Goné Fall is a curator, essayist and consultant in cultural engineering. She was the Editorial Director of the Parisian contemporary African art magazine Revue Noire from 1994 to 2001. She has edited art books including Anthologie de l’art africain du XXe siècle (Revue Noire 2001); Photographes de Kinshasa (Revue Noire 2001); Anthologie de la photographie africaine et de l’océan Indien : un siècle de photographes africains (Revue Noire 1998). Fall has organized exhibitions in Africa, Europe and the United States. She was guest curator at the Rencontres de la Photographie africaine de Bamako in 2001 and at the Biennale d’Art Contemporain, Dakar, 2002. She has written strategic plans and evaluation reports for national and international institutions (Belgium, France, the Netherlands, the United States, Barbados, Senegal). Fall has been an Associate Professor at Senghor University in Alexandria, Egypt, a Visiting Professor at the Michaelis School of Arts in Cape Town, South Africa, and at Abdou Moumouni University in Niamey, Niger. In 2018, N’Goné Fall was appointed by French President Emmanuel Macron as Commissioner General of the Africa2020 Season, a series of more than 1,500 cultural, scientific and educational events organized throughout France from December 2020 to September 2021.


Thierry Forien is passionate about art and culture in all its forms. He is a collector of classical and contemporary art. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Palais de Tokyo and was President, for three years, of the Prix Découverte of the Friends of the Palais de Tokyo. He is a director of the Thalie Foundation (Brussels) and of the association of the Friends of the Maison de Balzac. He chaired the jury of the 2018 edition of the contemporary drawing fair DDessin. He has been a member of the gallery selection committee of the drawing fair Pareidolie for two years. He is a member of the Artistic Committee of the Franco-British association Fluxus Art Projects.


Juliette Frescaline is a 46-year-old French metal sculptor based in the Paris region. She works on the diversion of the material that is the wire. She studied applied arts at Olivier de Serres and developed her technique by focusing her research on how the texture is felt. A laureate of the Villa Seurat Foundation and guest of honor several times, her work has become increasingly important over the past ten years. Very sensitive to ordinary beauty, she seizes the subject so that it serves the research for the material, and that the material serves in return the subject. Neither king, nor servant, each relies on the other to shine. Juliette Frescaline is at the crossroads of the artist and the crafts.


Martin Kiefer holds a degree in art history and cultural management and has been working at the Louvre Museum for 15 years. For the past five years he has led the contemporary art mission at the Louvre. As an independent curator, Martin Kiefer has organized several exhibitions in France and abroad, most recently on the photographer Boris Mikhailov at the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev. He regularly lectures on the subject of contemporary art at the Louvre and also teaches art in public school immersion projects in Switzerland.


Sophie Nordmann is a philosopher. A former student at the Ecole normale supérieure de Fontenay Saint-Cloud, she holds a doctorate in philosophy and is qualified to supervise research. She teaches contemporary philosophy, ethics and Jewish thought at the Ecole pratique des hautes études (Université PSL). She is a member of the UMR “Groupe Sociétés Religions Laïcités” (GSRL). Since January 2021, she is the Director of the Maison des étudiants de la Francophonie at the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. Last published work: Phenomenology of Transcendence (vol. II), éditions d’écarts, 2019.