Caroline Challan Belval/URBAN BODY MORPHOLOGY/Walk – Spaces and layers – seen/unseen


Approach to the urban morphology in a singular trip trough the city by the drawing and immersion into the space.

The aim is to carry out a reflection on the concepts of morphologyspaceplacetopos.

This walk will lead us to a reflection about the morphology of the urban body, its parts and their articulations, its structure or architecture – visible and invisible – the historical layers, their layering and interplay, across the past and present.

During the course of the project, we will discuss the name and the meaning of places, the individual or collective landmarks in the space, and the way they integrate into everyday life.

Each student will gather a corpus of notes.

Back in the studio, the students will reconstruct some of the figures they have seen, on a monumental scale.

Itinerary : ESAD – Porta da cidad – Jardim (parque)  – Museu Malhoa – Praça da Rainha – Centro de artes, and neighbourhood.

References : Biennal of sculpture of Caldas de Rainha, Marina Abramovic, Antonino Mendes, François Morellet, Robert Morris, Sol Lewitt.

Conference : Morphology, from the human body to the urban body.


This research will be carried out in relation with the course of drawing and etching of the National Superior school of art, the Villa Arson, Nice, France.

ESAD Caldas da Rainha, October, 22-25, 2013

Invitation by Isabel Baraona, drawing professor.


Caroline Challan Belval is a French artist (1977, Cognac), professor at the Ecole nationale supérieure d’Art, Villa Arson, Nice (engraving and drawing), and Lecturer at the University of Nice, Master 2.

She is graduated from the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and thereafter held a Master’s Degree in Architecture and Heritage at the Universities of Nice and Genova. She was awarded of a Colin Lefranc Scholarship in New York. The Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMAC, Nice, France) dedicated a personal exhibition to her drawings in 2011. An exhibition about her work was organized by the International Center of Contemporary Art (CIAC, Carros, France) in 2012, following the prize she won at the Biennale of the Mediterranean Union for Modern Art.

The Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine, Palais de Chaillot, Paris, will present her Works about architecture carrying out a reflection on Fundamentals (2014).

Her work is largely related to architecture, the worker’s world and the underground world. It is rooted in the everyday practice of painting, drawing, engraving and photography : Ars architectonica, Gardiens d’étoiles, Chelsea meat factory, 15 jours en usine, Bestiaire mythologique, l’Ere du poisson, l’Homme cherche-midi, Anti mémoire, Visoes-Ficçao, Fragments botaniques, Latone 


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