FITE’s meetings

FITE’s meetings are part of the festival’s overall approach, with a strong desire to question the heritage and cultural meanings of textiles: the FITE focus on promoting human, economic and ecological stakes involved in extra ordinary textiles. Beyond artistic creations offered in the context of the different exhibitions of the festival, the meetings will allow to deepen themes intrinsic to textile in other forms. By bringing together guest creators as well as students, researchers, academics, scientists, industry and journalists, they will be the opportunity to start a special dialogue and to invite FITE’s public to foster thinking. As part of this 2018 edition and the “Deviations” theme, those exchanges will invite guests and the public to question the place of textile creation in the criticism, denunciation and deconstruction of socio-cultural issues that are both timeless and current.

The mediation of these meetings will be provided by Simon Njami, independent international curator, Beatrice Korc, new cultural objects / consulting and project creation, and Christine Athenor, general commissioner of FITE. The design and organization of these meetings were handled by Oceane Demeure and Beatrice Korc, with the support of Christine Athenor and Thomas Leveugle.

  • IN Bargoin MUSEUM
    FROM TUESDAY 18th to sunday 23RD SEPTEMBER 2018

    Meetings every morning from 10am to  11am with artists, artisans and designers.
    Brunch on Sunday from 10am.



Meet at the metropolitan tourist office at 9 am
Visit of the exhibitions of the schools from 9 am to 12:30 pm and from 2pm to 4pm, round table open to the public

• The renewal of textile vision through collaboration between students, designers, designers and textile companies

With students of La Martinière Diderot, l’École supérieure de design et métiers d’art d’Auvergne, l’École supérieure d’art et design de Saint-Étienne, l’ENSATT, l’Académie royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles
With collective Macocoï
With companies Fontanelle and Ennery Confections (subject to change)
Mediation provided by Beatrice Korc

This meeting and the challenges it sets for itself to raise are truly at the heart of the FITE’s project, whose aim is to stimulate exchanges and innovations in the extended field of textiles. Students in textile manufacturing or creation and professionals in the textile industry have chosen to seize the opportunity to meet for this round table and to generate exchanges and potential collaborations. This meeting aims to address the renewal of the textile vision in the context of cooperation between students and companies. It will bring out many issues, not only socio-cultural but also industrial and economic, driven by textiles and their uses. Fostering closer ties between students and businesses is an imperative for putting the artistic, creative and innovative dimension of schools at the service of practical and economic needs of businesses. More broadly, it will be a question of valorizing formations and trades of textile through a glance which remains however lucid on the reality of professional ground.

Co-production HS_Projects, Bargoin Museum, Clermont Auvergne Métropole, City of Clermont-Ferrand

  • AT centre Blaise-Pascal / Centre Camille Claudel in the auditorium
    friday 21st september 2018 

  • INTRODUCTORY WORK  : Coral / Artefact : textile as a response to environmental issues


With Jérémy Gobé, Isabelle Domart-Coulon and SCOP Fontanille
10 am to 12 pm – Meeting at 9:45 am at the Bargoin Museum

This meeting which will open on Friday appeared as a commonplace: it is indeed the meeting between its speakers which is at the origin of the project CORAIL / ARTEFACT, introductory work of this edition of the FITE. Through the work of Jérémy Gobé, visual artist, Rolland Arnaud, Scop Fontanille, and Isabelle Domart Coulon, researcher in marine biology at the MNHN, art, the textile industry and science are combine to respond to an environmental emergency. The CORAIL / ARTEFACT project aims to contribute to protection of coral reefs, marine lungs of our environment seriously affected by global warming, by using the Puy en Velay lace as a “substrate” that would allow the coral to reproduce and to subsist. This encounter between art, industry and science at the service of biodiversity conservation leads us to consider the importance of textiles as a response to environmental issues, a singular and salutary deviation.
© 2018 – Coral Artefact / Jeremy Gobé


  • Textile as a response to issues of representativeness and visibility

With Nikki Luna, Alexis Peskine, Eric Agbessi, Bruno Boudjelal, Dolores Bakela and Adiaratou Diarrassouba
At 1pm

This meeting around the transversal theme of “Transgression” refers to the idea of ​​a critical attitude and emancipation, and will bring together artists, academics and committed journalists. According to Nikki Luna, a Filipino feminist artist, “Femininity is a weapon”. She takes a critical look on various cultural traditions and expresses a denunciation of culture of oppression and rape suffered by women. The creations of Alexis Peskine, born of a Franco-Russian father and an Afro-Brazilian mother, are characterized by an aesthetic driven by the black identity question and by a denunciation of all forms of discrimination, in which they join Nikki Luna’s critical perspective. Bruno Boudjelal is a photographer with strong militant commitment: invited in residence in Clermont-Ferrand, who makes photographic and videographic series that are as many stories on the themes of travel, home, waiting. The question of identity, particularly minorities identity, is thus at the heart of its projects.


Eric Agbessi, professor-researcher at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, has worked extensively on the black color and is coordinating the “Voilées” project, an analysis of the reception of the black veil in the French public space. a dual perspective, of communication and civilization. To complete this rich and diverse group of speakers, Dolores Bakela and Adiaratou Diarrassouba will be present. These two independent Parisian journalists are at the origin of the Afro media and event platform, as well as the first edition of the Fraîches Women Festival. They have a critical and curious look on an “invisible” population, sometimes victimized, of which we never speak in the end, Afrofrench, Afrodescendants, blacks of France. The meeting between those personalities, as eclectic as well exciting will highlight issues of transgression inherent to issues of visibility and representativeness of minorities, whatever they may be, and how textiles can be an answer to these issues.

Co-production HS_Projets, Musée Bargoin, Clermont Auvergne Métropole, Ville de Clermont-Ferrand


  • Textiles in the history of historical and current human migrations

With Nobukho Nqaba, Lawrence Lemaoana, Khaled Zouari, Laurent Soubise and Sophie Tabakov
At 2:15 pm

The “Circulation” theme can refer to the notion of trajectories: trajectories of fabrics and clothing but also life trajectories. It has been exploited by artists and academics gathered for this meeting as a reference to textile and human historical and current migrations.

The South African artist Nobukho Nqaba works from materials strongly related to migration and human movements, with a very personal point of view, reflecting the notions of family and home. Lawrence Lemaoana, who is also a South African artist, proposes through his use of Kanga fabrics a work on migrations specific to African fabrics, migrations that make those fabrics representations of global social and economic imbalances. Khaled Zouari is a professor-researcher at the University of Clermont-Ferrand and will enrich this meeting with his specialization on communication issues, migration and contemporary social ties. Laurent Soubise and Sophie Tabakov, of the dance company Anou Skan, realized during their residency at FITE an artistic and pedagogical work in contact with people asking for asylum. The culmination of this work is a film “collection of gestures in exile”, which questions, through gesture, the life course of those people marked by migration. Together, the speakers of those meetings will present trajectories of textiles and humans as metaphors for migration, instability, economic, social and cultural imbalances.

© Nobukho Nqaba


  • Textile as a tool for cultural affirmation and reappropriation

With Eloi Sessou, Cecile Ndiaye, Jocelyn Armel (Le Bachelor) and Nicole Foucher
At 3:30 pm 

A “pile-up”, a collision or a simple encounter, is often necessary to assert oneself, to make oneself visible, to provoke an evolution. The works of the artists brought together by this meeting reveal the idea of ​​a pileup serving the expression of a strong identity.

The Ivorian fashion designer Eloi Sessou defends a resolutely modern African fashion, marked by symbolic struggles between the economic and cultural markets. It focuses on highlighting the way African women appropriate fashion as a form of strong cultural expression. Cecile Ndiaye is a designer behind the leather goods brand Studio Wudé, which combines design, art, crafts, leather and Wax fabric, questioning the relationship between man, nature and territory. She develops a reflection on Wax as a symbol of the power relationship in Africa. Jocelyn Armel says The Bachelor is creator and Sapper: the colorful Society of Ambiancers and Elegant People, born in Congo in the 70s, corresponds to an art of clothing and living, represented by African-inspired dandies French bourgeois of the nineteenth century. These creators, especially through their use of Wax, make textiles and clothing a form of reappropriation of cultural and economic power. The textile constitutes here a real tool of affirmation and cultural reappropriation. Nicole Foucher, senior lecturer in cinema and fashion at Université Lumière Lyon 2 and consultant at ESMOD Paris, will enrich this meeting with her deep knowledge of dynamics of fashion evolution.

Co-production HS_Projets, Musée Bargoin, Clermont Auvergne Métropole, Ville de Clermont-Ferrand


  • Digital to increase our textile use

With Claire Eliot, Christine Browaeys, Siwa Mgoboza and Sultra&Barthélémy.
At 4:45 pm

The notion of “Transcendence” refers to the idea of ​​a sublimation or, more concretely, an overtaking. Applied to textiles, it corresponds to the desire to continuously amplify and improve our textile use. In this perspective this meeting was built around the digital uses of textiles.

Designer, researcher and teacher, Claire Eliot has a double baggage: fashion and digital. She works a constant link between fashion, new technologies and social behaviors, with a particular conception of the designer role, both artist and social actor. Christine Browaeys, author of the book “The stakes of new textile materials,” is texturgist (T3Nel). With her technological skills, she works in the innovative textiles sector. The textile appears in his work as a versatile material, constantly renewed in its relation to space, volume and humans. The artists Sultra & Barthélémy also develop a new “augmented” textile thanks to technology, both organic and communicating: their project Retina_Pictonique is an artistic proposal that brings out all the modernity of the textile material. From the perspective of a digital textile approach but also the idea of ​​an overtaking, will be present Siwa Mgoboza, South African artist whose works explore a plural and globalized African identity. His work “The Beings of Africadia” invents a post-colonial world characterized by a futuristic hybridization between nature and human. Through an utopian and futuristic vision, Siwa Mgoboza is exploring new dimensions of textile use and deviation.
© Claire Eliot, CC

Those meeting around hybridization, digital crafts, and living clothing, will tend to highlight technological and social practices of improvement, especially for a more ethical fashion.

Co-production HS_Projets, Musée Bargoin, Clermont Auvergne Métropole, Ville de Clermont-Ferrand

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