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City/Cité Oakland x Saint Denis 2024

Art & Design

Oakland x Paris

©Là, là ou là / Alice Caron - illustrations cartographiques

Discover Oakland/Saint-Denis, a cooperation project concerning urban development and equity in the cities of Oakland (California) and Saint-Denis (Paris).

Whether they are suburbs, outskirts, or banlieues, the program aims at centering the margins. Artistic movements, social struggles, urban innovations: Oakland, California and Saint-Denis, France are now asserting their cultural and artistic influence and inventing solutions to the challenges of inequity and accelerated urban development that metropolises are facing. We are willing to share these innovative practices to start a dialogue around the margins.

This project is co-produced by Villa Albertine San Francisco and California Humanities, and presented by the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris, Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Paris Nord, Saint-Denis, SPUR, San Francisco, and Oakstop, Oakland with the support of 836M Foundation, Art Explora, the Institut Français, Périféeries, Arte and the cities of Oakland and Saint-Denis.


Sabine de Maussion

News and Events:

Past Events & Projects

The Oaklandside 11/18/2022 : 5 Oakland events this week ( 

Les Echos : expos_les-echos_26-09-22.pdf ( 

East Bay Express : SAN FRANCISCO–Exhibition Opening: In the Banlieues/Centering the Margin: Oakland/Saint-Denis – East Bay Express Calendar 

Télérama 08/01/2022 : Saint-Denis, la Oakland du 9-3… La banlieue loin des clichés au Pavillon de l’Arsenal ( 

Frenchly : Find the Cool with This Month’s French Cultural Happenings Around the US – Frenchly 

Télérama 07/14/22 : 2022-07-13-TELERAMA+SORTIR-Du+13+au+19+juillet+2022-10000000063398562.pdf ( 

SF Chronicles : SFChroniclesArticle.pdf ( 

French Morning 07/14/2022 : « In the Banlieues », une exposition sur Oakland et Saint-Denis – French Morning US 

The Oaklandside : ‘In the Banlieues: Oakland/Saint-Denis’ features Amir Aziz’s photos ( 

Le Courrier de l’Atlas : In the banlieues : Oakland Saint-Denis écrire la ville collectivement 28 août ( 

Chroniques d’Architecture : Page non trouvée | Chroniques d‘architecture % ( 

Batiactu : Urbanisme : une exposition fait la part belle aux solutions alternatives en banlieues ( 

9 lives magazine : In the banlieues Oakland/Saint-Denis – 9 Lives Magazine ( 

Détails d’Architecture : Le Pavillon de l’Arsenal tisse un parallèle entre Saint-Denis et la banlieue de San Francisco ( 

Enlarge Your Paris : Le Pavillon de l’Arsenal tisse un parallèle entre Saint-Denis et la banlieue de San Francisco ( 

Art Cena : Une coopération franco-américaine autour de la fabrique urbaine | ARTCENA 

Le Monde : Photo Mystère #105 : le village créatif d’art et d’artisanat du quartier Gare-Confluence à Saint-Denis ( 

Up Magazine : In the banlieues : Oakland Saint-Denis – UP’ Magazine ( 

L’Officiel des Spectacles : Exposition In The Banlieues : Oakland — Saint-Denis – Pavillon de l’Arsenal | L’Officiel des spectacles 

Stay Happening : Inauguration Exposition In the Banlieues : Oakland/Saint-Denis, Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris, 15 June 2022 ( 

Happening Next : Inauguration Exposition In the Banlieues : Oakland/Saint-Denis | Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris, IL | June 15, 2022 ( 

Paris Lights Up : June 2022: A selection of art exhibitions to view in Eastern Paris this month – Paris Lights Up 

Exposition Paris Info : In the banlieues : Oakland Saint-Denis au Pavillon de l’Arsenal ( 

Ville Data : Exposition In the banlieues  Oakland Saint Denis. Écrire la ville collectivement Paris 4e Arrondissement ( 

Grand Paris Métropole : Exposition In the banlieues : Oakland Saint-Denis – Grand Paris Métropole ( 

Maison des Sciences de l’Homme : Exposition, In the Banlieues: Oakland/Saint-Denis – Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Paris Nord ( 



A Co-Production of

Exhibit Co-Producers:

In Partnership With:

Advisory Committee:

Julie Fry, president and CEO, California Humanities  
Sabine de Maussion, Cultural Attaché, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in San Francisco – Villa Albertine San Francisco  
Juliette Donadieu, Head of Public and Community Engagement, Art Explora 
Laure Gayet, Founder, Légendes Urbaines and co-curator 
June Grant, Founder, blinkLAB and co-curator
Hannah Angely, Production Manager of In the Banlieues, Echos Libres  
Agnès Faure, Co-Founder and Curator, 836M  
Alexandre Labasse, Director of Pavillon de l’Arsenal  
Ashara Ekundayo, Artist and Founder of Artists as First Responders  
Brandi Summers, Scholar at University of California, Berkeley  
Cece Carpio, Oakland artist,  
Christine Lelevrier, Scholar at Université Paris-Créteil, Lab’urba 
Didier Coirint, Head of Culture Culture, Ville de Saint-Denis  
Elisse Douglass, Director and Founder, Oakland Black Business Fund  
Emilie Moreau, Head of Studies at l’Atelier Parisien d’Urbanisme (APUR)  
Joshua Simon, Senior Advisor, CAST  
Julien Beller, Founder and Directeur, 6b  
Juliette Bompoint, Director, Périféeries 2028, European Capital of Culture 2028 
Justinien Tribillon, Scholar at University College of London  
Lamyne M, Saint-Denis artist  
Matthew Passmore, Oakland Artist and MoreLab Founder  
Monica Lebrao Sendra, Head of Architecture, urbanism and landscape, Institut Français 
Nicolas Douay, Education and High Education Attaché at Cultural Services of French Embassy in Chicago
Robert Ogilvie, Consultant  
Roberto Bedoya, Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland 
Shannon Jackson, the Cyrus and Michelle Hadidi Professor of Rhetoric and of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley 
Simón Adinia Hanukai, Saint-Denis artist and Kaimera Productions Co-Founder  
Steven Raspa, Associate Director of Community Events, Burning Man Project

A very big thank you to Maryse Camelan, Mélanie Desliens Flint, Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, Isaure Hurstel, Estella Zhou, and Lucas Chateau.

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