Simultaneously a museum, a cultural center, and a place for research and teaching, the musée du quai Branly was born from the political desire to highlight non-European cultures, in the heart of Paris. The museum gathers a collection of 300 000 objects, a considerable collection of graphic art and a photographic collection composed of more than 700 000 pieces.
The Museum’s policy is based on a dynamic and opened proposal: “where cultures meet in dialogue.” This idea is the driving force behind most of the Museum’s lines of action: cultural programming, disseminating and sharing knowledge and expertise with the collections' cultures of origin, international cooperation, and making the collections available to others.
In the perspective of supporting non-European contemporary creation, in particular in the field of photography, the musée du quai Branly has launched an artistic creation subsidy program since 2008. Each year, the Photoquai’s Residencies program gives one or several photographers - who belong to one of the four continents represented in the musée du quai Branly collections - the chance to develop an innovative work, in coherence with their personal aesthetic path.
The Photoquai’s Residencies support and draw attention to an artistic expression barely visible in France, by part or entirely financing a creative project. The photographic works produced as part as this program are intended to enrich the Museum’s collections at the end of every residency period. Thus, they contribute to the constitution of the Museum's contemporary photographic collection.
The Photoquai's Residencies laureates
- Ishola Akpo (Ivory Coast), Les mariés de notre époque, residency in Benin and Nigeria
- Guy Tillim (South Africa), African Cities, residency in Ghana, Kenya and in Zimbabwe
- Brook Andrew (Australia), Two worlds : the Photographer and the Sitter, residency in France and Australia
- Hyung-Geun Park (South Korea), Tumen Project, residency in south Korea, China and Russia
- Sameer Tawde (Inde), Miracle Robots, residency in India
- Mehrdad Naraghi (Iran), Japanese Gardens, residency in Japan
- Nyaba Léon Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso), Les dévoreuses d’âmes, residency in Burkina Faso
- Pedro David (Brazil), 360 Metros Quadrados, residency in Brazil
- Daniela Edburg (Mexico), Wadmal – The sample project Iceland, residency in Iceland
- Lek Kiatsirikajorn (Thailand), Lost in Paradise, residency in Thailand
- Che Onejoon (South Korea), A Monumental Tour, residency in Africa
- Hugo Aveta (Argentina), Construire la mémoire, residency in South America
- Joao Castilho (Brazil), Vade retro, residency in Brazil
- Hak Kim (Cambodia), Someone, residency in Kep, Cambodia
- Andrew Esiebo (Nigeria), Pride, residency in West Africa
- Cinthya Soto (Costa Rica), Paysage (re)trouvé : à la recherche du paradis perdu, residency in South America
- Fiona Pardington (New-Zealand), Whakaahua : The pressure of Sunlight falling, residency in Paris
- Roberto Caceres (Peru), Chifa, Chinese culture in Peru, residency in Peru
- Pablo Bartholomew (India), Indians in France, residency in France
- Wayne Liu (Taiwan), This is Belgrade, residency in Serbia
- Sammy Baloji (Congo Democratic Republic), Allers et retours, residency in France
- Lourdes Grobet (Mexico), Equilibrium and Resistance, residency in Alaska
- Wu Qi (China), Rural Catholic China, residency in China