Gwylene Gallimard is a 1st generation French Immigrant and co-leader in the Charleston, SC “conNECKtedTOO” project, that was awarded a 2017 ArtPlace grant. Her artworks develop from her experiences and collaborations. Within the JEMAGWGA collective they include two French cafes; art installations about health insurance industry, fast food phenomenon, homelessness, gentrification and the Last Frontier. In the South she has partnered with Refugee Family Services, created Azule Residency, worked with Artists, Educators, Youth, Senior Citizen groups and received support from Alternate ROOTS, the NEA, SC Arts Commission, the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, Spoleto Festival USA, We Shall Overcome and Puffin Foundations. She holds a MFA from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada and the National School of Decorative Arts, Paris, France.
Year 2 Fellows
Year 2 Fellow
More and more I feel my being a first generation immigrant. I am aware that my being French has meant ‘foreigner’ but not ‘immigrant’, ‘good food’ but not ‘ethnic food’. I had enriched my cultural links through the work of African American writers and musicians who emigrated to France after World War II. Now, based and anchored for half of my life in the Southern part of the States, I have acquired a mindset far from destructive capitalism and pyramidal knowledge. ILI is my home.