Common Ground

Oakland/Saint-Denis: How Culture Makes the City

Featuring Juliette Donadieu, Simón Adinia Hanukai, Lori Fogarty, Juliette Bompoint, & Malvika Jolly.


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

Please join us for a conversation on the Oakland/Saint-Denis project. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading by Farid Matuk.

In this talk

Please join us for a conversation featuring special guests Juliette Donadieu, cultural attaché of the French Embassy in San Francisco & director of Villa San Francisco, Simón Adinia Hanukai, theatermaker & co-artistic director of Kaimera Productions, Lori Fogarty, director of the Oakland Museum of California, and Juliette Bompoint, cultural producer & director of Mains d’Oeuvres, a nonprofit arts space in Saint-Ouen, a suburb of Paris. They will be joined by the Rail’s Malvika Jolly for a conversation on what our different cities can teach us, on reimagining the role of cultural actors in urban development, and why our cities must be built collectively.

This dialogue builds on cross-cultural exchange between twenty artists, urban planners, entrepreneurs, cultural producers, and researchers from Oakland, CA and Saint-Denis, France to collaboratively address and reimagine the future of our cities. This conversation will also celebrate the recent publication of Oakland/Saint-Denis: Translating Cities and Cultures which details their findings, roadmaps, and best practices for reclaiming cultural spaces, resisting real estate pressures, and creating new models for tomorrow’s cities.

We’ll conclude with a poetry reading by Farid Matuk.

Juliette Donadieu

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Juliette Donadieu is the Cultural Attaché of the French Embassy in San Francisco since 2017. Previously Head of the production at Gaîté Lyrique, a key digital cultural institution in Paris, Juliette Donadieu focuses her work on the relationship between the arts and technology. Partisan of creating bridges between disciplines and media, she initiated the creation of Villa San Francisco to lead a future-driven dialogue between artists and communities.

Simón Adinia Hanukai

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Simón Adinia Hanukai is a theatermaker, director, educator, and co-artistic Director of Kaimera Productions who splits his time between New York and Paris. Originally from Baku, Azerbaijan, he started his career in Oakland, California, where he was a founding member of headRush Crew and the Co-Artistic Director of the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company. Since launching Kaimera Productions, Simón has created work and taught extensively throughout the U.S., Middle East, South Asia and Europe. Recent directing and devising credits include Les Alibis (Junevents Festival, Atelier De Paris, France), JUPITER (A Play About Power) (La MaMa E.T.C., NYC), Shared Prince, (Cabaret Sauvage, Paris), Rest Upon The Wind (Skirball Center, NY), The Golden Drum Year (University Settlement, NY), Decline & Fall (Tricklock Performance Lab, New Mexico) and Flying Ace and The Storm of the Century (Odin Teatret, Denmark). He has assisted William Forsythe, Anne Bogart and Robert Woodruff. Simón is an Adjunct Professor at Sciences Po (Paris), and World Theatre Map Ambassador. He holds an MA in Education from the University of San Francisco’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Social Justice, as well as an MFA in Directing from Columbia University.

Juliette Bompoint

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A graduate of the IEP of Grenoble / Observatory of Cultural Policies, Juliette Bompoint is a multifaceted cultural entrepreneur and Director of Mains d’Oeuvres, a nonprofit arts space in Saint-Ouen, a suburb of Paris. Through a uniquely multidisciplinary approach intertwining music, theater, dance, visual arts, and public spaces, she combines dynamics of cooperation and the social and solidarity economies with cultural subjects, particularly those with an international dimension. She is cofounder of the National Federation of Cultural Employers’ Groups and serves as Director of Mains d’Oeuvres, a Member of the National Council of Third Places, President of MAAD93 (a contemporary music network in Seine Saint-Denis), Co-President of Actes-IF (a network of independent artistic and cultural spaces in Ile de France), a member of the collegiate body of ArtFactories-AutresPart, and a member of the European network TransEuropeHalles (cultural Third Places).

Lori Fogarty

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Lori Fogarty is the Director and CEO of the Oakland Museum of California, a multidisciplinary museum that brings together collections of art, history, and natural sciences to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. Since 2006, Lori has worked to oversee and guide all Museum programmatic and administrative operations and has transitioned OMCA from a public/private cultural institution supported by the City of Oakland and the Oakland Museum of California Foundation to an independent non-profit organization with an innovative new organizational structure. Lori has spearheaded OMCA’s efforts to place the visitor at the center of the Museum experience and to focus the institution’s efforts around community engagement and social impact. She received major recognition in the museum and non-profit field as the recipient of the John Cotton Dana Award for Leadership from the American Alliance of Museums and the Hank Russo Outstanding Fundraising Professional award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Prior to her current position, Lori was executive director of the Bay Area Discovery Museum and was senior deputy director of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Lori is on the Board of the Association of Art Museum Directors.

Malvika Jolly

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Malvika Jolly is a writer and events assistant at the Brooklyn Rail. In addition to the Thursday Common Ground series, she helps produce the Rail’s New Social Environment.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Farid Matuk reading.

Farid Matuk

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Farid Matuk teaches in the MFA program at the University of Arizona and is the author of the poetry collections This Isa Nice Neighborhood (Letter Machine Editions, 2010) and The Real Horse (University of Arizona Press, 2018).

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