WHO WE ARE
F.A.C.E. (French-American Creative Exchange) is a non-profit association founded in 2001 by American artist Monte Laster. It is based at Moulin Fayvon, a historical mill located in the middle of the infamous housing projects known as ‘la cite des 4000’ in the northern suburbs of Paris, France.
F.A.C.E. was also created in the United States in 2015 at the historical site known as Castle Rock Mountain in Santo, Texas.
Through collaboration with artists representing a variety of disciplines, F.A.C.E. endeavours to inspire and empower local communities by way of a creative, micro-political exchange. Interactive art projects draw from the imagination and input of the communities in order to highlight social issues such as civic preservation and revitalization, education and progressive urban plannin all of which have a daily impact on local citizens.
From local residents to highly respected professionals in contemporary art, urban planning, and architecture, F.A.C.E. has the rare ability to bring together diverse groups of people from a wide range of backgrounds. F.A.C.E. also works on an international level, forging ties with cities that share similar urban complexities, such as Harlem, New York and the Dallas- Fort Worth, Texas region.
WHAT WE DO
Ateliers International du Grand Paris was a workshop with urban planners Paola Vigano and Bernardo Secchi, architecture students from Lille, Venice and Paris, and members of FACE at Moulin Fayvon (June 2013). This project is an example of how FACE questions art, identity, and urban renovation.