Initiated by Philippe Guionie, Résidence 1+2 has been a festival of creative residencies combining photography and science since late 2015, anchored in Toulouse and the Occitanie region, with a European vocation.
Résidence 1+2 is built around several residency formats, including a trio associating a renowned photographer and two emerging photographers for two months. During this time, the photographers live together and each creates a personal and original work. They are supported in their research by local authorities, university (University of Toulouse) and scientific institutions (Toulouse Natural History Museum, Quai des Savoirs, CNRS Occitanie Ouest, Cité de l’Espace, Pic du Midi,… ) and researchers based in Toulouse and the surrounding area, as well as in Occitanie. They are also accompanied by a sponsor from the world of photography or science. In this way, the 1+2 Residency produces and promotes photographic works by artists closely linked to the region’s exceptional scientific heritage.
The photographic creations are presented, in festival mode, in October and November, on several different media: a series of exhibitions in the city and a boxed set of three books published by Éditions Filigranes as part of the Toulouse collection. An inaugural week is organized around the Colloque national – Photographie & Sciences, at which photographers, scientists, sponsors, journalists and the general public take part in themed round-table discussions.
In this way, the Résidence 1+2 stimulates shared social reflection, in a collective dynamic involving all audiences.