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We invite you to a presentation of the projects carried out as part of a cross-residency between the Fondation Thalie and Ateliers de la Madeleine. The artists invited last autumn and spring were Elise Peroi, Jeanne Tresvaux du Fraval, Alice Guittard and Mathilde Rouiller.

Elise was based at the foot of the arenas at the Fondation Thalie, while Jeanne, Alice and Mathilde took over the Ateliers de La Madeleine on the other side of the Rhône. Each of them plunged into the history and geography of the region, weaving together stories and landscapes, appropriating – and reinterpreting – trades, architecture, traditions, plants and minerals.

The works on display are the fruit of privileged encounters with a community of local artisans who have generously committed themselves to this multi-handed effort.

The Fondation Thalie and Les Ateliers de La Madeleine are delighted to unveil this spring harvest, and to present these original works inspired by Arles and Provence, resulting both from a personal and collective research.


  • Elise Peroi, Fondation Thalie (October 2023 – March 2024

As the first artist in residence at the Foundation, Elise Peroi reinterprets of the gardian’s hut, following the idea of architecture inhabiting the landscape. The work consists of a structure with a wooden frame created with the help of Raymond, a local sculptor. The panels of the hut were painted, then cut out and woven by the artist’s hand on fabric from the Queen of Arles. Inside this refuge-like habitat, Elise has placed objects from everyday life: a water filter, a cage, kitchen utensils and so on. Embracing the wabi-sabi aesthetic, this poetic and sensitive work invites, through the intelligence of the hand and the artist’s eye, a certain kind of beauty in simplicity.


  • Alice Guittard & Mathilde Rouiller, Les Ateliers de La Madeleine (October 2023 – March 2024)

Alice Guittard, sculptor and photographer, and Mathilde Rouiller, performer and scenographer, bring their two practices together for the first time.
Au Printemps tu manges l’Automne” (“In Spring you eat Autumn”) gradually takes on the form of a sculpture-performance during the weeks of residency, blending linear and cyclical time, living and mineral time. In collaboration with the Fontvieille stone quarry and Fleurs d’Arles, the sculpture is activated according to the seasons, creating a new cartography of the Arles region.


  • Jeanne Tresvaux du Fraval, Les Ateliers de La Madeleine (October 2023 – March 2024)

Evolving at the frontier between design and the visual arts, Jeanne has chosen to focus her Arles residency on the objects and garments of Provence’s traditional trades. Reinterpreting the latter with the help of local artisans and resources, the artist proposes “Un Étalage ordinaire”, a nomadic installation as a collection of uses, shapes, colors and materials. Each piece can be assembled, superimposed and folded, like a modular construction set. The archival inventory is made from materials naturally destined to disappear. The artifacts sketch out a way of life in which nature is placed at the center of human life.



Opening on Thursday 28 March, 6-9pm, in the presence of the artists.
Exhibition from 29 March to 6 April 2024 upon free admission, from 12 pm to 6 pm
Special opening hours on Friday 29, Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March to coincide with the Feria (11 am to 5 pm). Closed on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 April 2024.
Location: Fondation Thalie, 34 rue de l’amphithéâtre 13200 Arles

Performance, Saturday 30 March from 3 pm to 6:30 pm
“Au printemps tu manges l’automne” by Alice Guittard and Mathilde Rouillier
Fleurs d’Arles – 8257 Route des Marais – 13200 Arles


In partnership with Les Ateliers de la Madeleine, réseau Plein Sud and Arles Contemporain.



The Ateliers de la Madeleine residencies are made possible thanks to the support of: