CHIARA INDELICATO – Italian photographer
CÉCILE SMETANA – Franco-Danish photographer

Each award-winning photographer will receive €4,000 and accommodation in Sète from May to July to carry out her project, with final delivery of the elements expected by October 1, 2024. The two photographers will each produce a photographic project addressing social, cultural, ecological and/or heritage issues, linking people and the marine world. The results will be shared at an event in 2025.

The second edition of the Ronan Guillou Grants is supported by the city of Sète, Montpellier 2028 and Château Laurens, a building constructed in Agde from 1898 by collector Emmanuel Laurens. These grants are initiated and organized by the Eyes Wide Open association as part of the CIVIS MARITIMUS program, in partnership with the Itinérance Foto course (Sète). A tribute to French photographer Ronan Guillou, who died in 2022.


Chiara Indelicato, Lovers, Tarots – a study of the past, 2022

Chiara Indelicato, The imagined island, Pelle di Lava, 2022


Chiara Indelicato, born in Italy in 1987, is a freelance artist who divides her time between Italy and France. After a first career in fashion and branding, she has chosen to devote herself entirely to photography in 2019. Her current work focuses mainly on experimenting with alternative silver-based photographic processes, in harmony with his practice and research into the documentation of isolated territories.


Occitanie, a land of poetry and legends around its Etang de Thau, inspires an artistic exploration of links with the sea, highlighting current ecological issues. Through this artistic residency, the artist aims to tell a story, both visual and textual, where the poetry of the imaginary meets important themes such as ecology and the future threatened by rising waters around the territories of Sète, the Etang de Thau and the Golf du Lion.


Cécile Smetana

Cécile Smetana


Cécile Smetana was born in 1986 in a small fishing village of 2,000 inhabitants in northern Denmark. She studied art photography and photojournalism in Denmark. She then worked mainly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Morocco, Mexico, the southern United States and France as a photojournalist and director of photography.


Sirocco reaches hurricane speed and causes disruption: broken-down vehicles, storms at sea and hot, humid weather invade southern Europe. When the wind reaches southern Europe, it is known as the “bloodrain”, because of the red sand it carries. The Scirocco project aims to document invisible forces – those that impact the Mediterranean coastline – from a personal perspective – the story of the artist’s paternal family who emigrated from Algeria to France, settling in Nice and then Sète – to that of nature: storms, the heat of the sea and the eponymous wind.


MAY 9 TO JULY 9, 2024
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