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skip and olivia in marseilles

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On November 16, 2018, my good friend and noted performance artist Skip Arnold and his wife, artist Olivia Primé, were illegally evicted from their home and studio in Marseilles (France). Following the collapse of two buildings that left 8 people dead and many injured (article in the New York Times), local authorities had decided that they would condemn as unsafe any building about which they were unsure, including many that are not even in the same neighbourhood as the ones that had collapsed. Over 1500 residents of Marseille have thus found themselves without a home. A team of civil servants, followed by the police, forced Skip and Olivia to leave and welded the door shut of their recently purchased and renovated home and studio.

Over the past year, they took a loan as well as spent all their life savings on buying and renovating this new live/work space, in compliance with all city permits and codes. They had recently received the shipment of all their equipment, archives and artworks from the USA and had just settled in to enjoying their work and living space.

It may be as long as six months or more before they can hope to get temporary access back into their home and studio. They cannot work and earn a living without access to equipment and art. They had to hire lawyers to contest the condemning of their building. As of right now it looks like they might lose everything but they don’t want to give up without a fight.

All of Skip’s archives of his life’s work are in danger in an unoccupied building, water, rats and other things can ruin them. This has taken a toll, particularly on Skip who has health issues which are being made worse by the stress of this unfortunate situation.

A former recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, Skip is a pioneer in the history of performance and video art ( http://skiparnold.com ). His work is in the permanent collections of The Getty Research Institute, The Ursula Blickle Video Archives, and other institutions and private collections. He remains a truly outstanding figure on the international scene of contemporary art.

Please help us provide some support for Skip and Olivia to help them get back on their feet and pay their legal bills. Any amount, however small, would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks in advance!

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Many, many thanks to everyone who has contributed to this gofundme campaign! Below is a message that Skip and Olivia have asked me to post on their behalf.

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Un grand merci à tous ceux qui a contribué à cette campagne gofundme ! Je vous transmets ci-dessous le message que Skip et Olivia m’ont demandé de mettre en ligne de leur part.

‘Skip and Olivia would like to thank everyone that participated in the GoFundMe campaign on their behalf. They are very grateful to their dear friend Anna Dezeuze for starting the campaign.
They are very humbled with all the support from friends, colleagues, anonymous people and those that they have never met and thank them for their donations, shares and outright concern of their plight and situation.
They would also like to thank the residents of their neighborhood of the Belle de Mai, and others in Marseille and beyond, for reaching out and using their resources and physical energies in helping them to retrieve their life.
For the update:
They are currently staying in a weekly rental in the neighborhood of the Panier. They are hopeful of finding a more permanent place to live soon.
A few days ago, they were given 1 hour to enter their live/work property and managed to retrieve most of their belongings including their clothes, materials equipment and archives.
Subsequently, they were able to rent a small storage space to store their essentials, and some of their furniture.
People from the Belle de Mai neighborhood have also very generously provided Skip with temporary storage space for his equipment and archives.
Thanks to your help, they are now able to pay their legal representatives to go forward to litigate with those responsible for their dramatic situation. It’s going to be a long legal process.
Although there is still ways to go until they are able to resolve their issues and finally find comfort in a home and work space, Skip and Olivia are hopeful that everything will turn out for the best eventually.’

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« Skip et Olivia souhaitent remercier toutes les personnes qui ont participé à la campagne GoFundMe en leur nom. Ils sont très reconnaissants à leur chère amie Anna Dezeuze d’avoir lancé la campagne.
Ils sont très honorés d’avoir reçu un tel soutien d'amis, de collègues, d'anonymes et de personnes qu'ils n'ont jamais rencontrées pour les remercient de leurs dons, leurs « shares », et leur sollicitude pour leur sort et leur situation.
Ils aimeraient également remercier les habitants de leur quartier de la Belle de Mai et d’autres à Marseille et au-delà d’avoir mobilisé et utilisé leurs ressources et leur énergie physique pour les aider à retrouver leur vie.
Les dernières nouvelles :
Ils séjournent actuellement dans une location à la semaine dans le quartier du Panier. Ils espèrent trouver bientôt un lieu de résidence plus permanent.
Il y a quelques jours, ils ont eu 1 heure pour entrer dans leur résidence-atelier condamné et ont réussi à récupérer la plupart de leurs biens, y compris leurs vêtements, leur équipement matériel et leurs archives.
Par la suite, ils ont pu louer un petit espace d’entrepôt pour y ranger leurs affaires essentielles et certains de leurs meubles.
Plusieurs personnes dans le quartier de la Belle de Mai ont aussi généreusement fourni à Skip des espaces de stockage temporaires pour son équipement et ses archives.
Grâce à votre aide, ils sont maintenant en mesure de payer leurs représentants légaux pour engager des poursuites contre les responsables de leur situation dramatique. Ce sera un long processus juridique.
Bien qu'il reste encore du chemin à parcourir avant de pouvoir résoudre leurs problèmes et enfin trouver un lieu de vie et de travail confortables, Skip et Olivia espèrent que tout ira pour le mieux. »
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