Martine Derain France

Since her earliest works in France, Palestine and Morocco, the artist and editor Martine Derain has been developing narratives about collective stories and public space. Derain publishes books with les éditions communes, which she founded in 2010, and makes films where she positions herself as the “storyteller”. These films and publications are documentary fables that mix art and politics as well as urban planning and poetry. 

She creates narratives around found, entrusted, institutional and personal archives – collected during long journeys through different places. In Marseille, she also finds herself in the role of a caretaker for various sites of creation and production such as La Compagnie, a contemporary art venue, and the Polygone étoilé, a cinema dedicated to “non-aligned” films.