When Villa Albertine opened its doors in 2020, its mission was twofold. First, through a dynamic approach to artist residency programming, the initiative—created by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and supported by the French Ministry of Culture—would deepen the cultural exchange and connections between the Francophone world and the United States. Second, Villa Albertine would support a group of incisive artists in a time-honored enterprise: making creative sense of the U.S., a vast global superpower that can hardly make sense of itself.
French Artist Alice Chemama Came to Yellowstone National Park Looking For Bears. She Discovered Something Else Instead
When the French-American artist arrived in Idaho for her two-month Villa Albertine residency, it was to conduct research for an illustrated book about the history of humans coexisting with bears. She soon learned that the more important story was about our disconnection from nature.