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(Français) Portrait de Nathalie Guiot ©LydieNesvadba

Nathalie Guiot, Founder

I wanted a place that brings together and fosters a community; a place for artists, the primary actors in this long-term project. A public meeting place for sharing and hosting encounters around creation. Traversing across modes of operation, the domestic space of the foundation aims to represent processes of engaged creation through speech, gestures, dance and texts; a sharing of knowledge and an ambition to de-compartmentalize artistic practices. A place that activates thought and prompts investigation into the great challenges of our society through the medium of art.

Founder and President, Nathalie Guiot is an author, editor, and exhibition curator. She founded Anabet Editions in the 2000s and in 2012, created Thalie Art Project, an association that produces artistic and performative encounters. Over the years this has become a foundation with an exhibition space along with a residency for artists and authors in Brussels. Nathalie Guiot is a member of the International Circle and of the Design acquisition Committee at the Centre Pompidou, a member of the Visual Arts acquisition Committee for the CNAP and an active patron of other cultural institutions in France and Belgium. In 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, she launched a new online discussion format between artists and scientists: “Parole de créateurs face à l’urgence écologique” (Creators facing the Climate Emergency), which aims to broaden the fields of imagination in the face of the climate crisis.

 

The board of trustees

conseil d'administration Caroline Mierop

Caroline Mierop

Architect and urban planner by training, Caroline Mierop was director of the National School of visual arts of La Cambre from 2003 to 2017.
She taught for twenty years, in Brussels and elsewhere in the world, and created and directed the Foundation for Architecture in Brussels from 1985 to 1992.

conseil d'administration Thierry Forien

Thierry Forien

An engineer by training, Thierry Forien is an art collector and curator. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Palais de Tokyo and was President, for three years, of the Discovery Award of the Friends of the Palais de Tokyo.
He is a member of the ADIAF and actively supports the Olivier Debré Contemporary Creation Center in Tours.

conseil d'administration laurent Issaurat

Laurent Issaurat

A graduate in political science, finance and art history, Laurent Issaurat is responsible for art banking at Société Générale.
He has just published with Eye to Eye Books a book entitled Outstanding Visual Artists of Today that allows any art lover to understand the importance of artists while ignoring their ratings.

conseil d'administration Thibaut Bastin

Thibaut Bastin

Thibault Bastin has worked at Kingfischer France, Ernst & Young and Landwell & Associates, among others.
Since October 2015, Thibault Bastin is AFIR’s legal and tax manager.

Marine Van Schoonbeek

From 2017 to 2021, Marine Van Schoonbeek was President and Co-founder of Thanks for Nothing and has directed all of its projects. Since February 2021, she is General Director of the organization. Meanwhile, she teaches at Sciences Po and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Primo Levi Center. As a former Director of the Chantal Crousel Gallery, she was also in charge of collector and institution relations for the FIAC Art Fair (Paris).

Bruno Soulié

Senior civil servant in the Ministry of Finance, Bruno Soulié is an amateur art lover and collectionner. He is president on the board of the Cercle des Amis de la Maison de Balzac (Paris). He teaches a course on fundraising for contemporary art at Sciences Po university.He is also very involved in philanthropic activities in support of Alzheimer’s research.

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