HISTORY

 

The peculiarities of a migration Proal family from Upper Barcelonnette (probably from the hamlet of Saint-Flavy) descendants from Joseph Joaquim (1838-1919), a mountain farmer, who, like many compatriots, left his home valley to search a better life. The preferred destination of the French in America in the mid nineteenth century was Louisiana, [1] former colony sold to the United States in 1803, but was still a French-speaking region, where the harbor of New Orleans, hub of “commercial Atlantic”, opens towards Cuba, the Caribbean and Mexico. Joseph and his wife, Clémentine Froissier, remain some time in Algiers, the large port region where their son, Frédéric, was born in 1864. Life was not easy in this cosmopolitan hive and especially the plantation economy, which was supporter of slavery, responded badly to the habits of a mountain dweller from the Lower Alps.

 

 

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FOUNDATION

 

Located in San Rafael in the State of Veracruz, Mexico, Casa Proal is an old house, recently renovated, which was built at the end of the 19th century by French settlers from Haute-Saone. Surrounded by lush vegetation, this is a nice and comfortable house with red tiled roofs as we can still find in Burgundy, France.

 

 

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ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM

 

 

 

Located in San Rafael in the State of Veracruz, Mexico, Casa Proal is an old house, recently renovated, which was built at the end of the 19th century by French settlers from Haute-Saone. Surrounded by lush vegetation, this is a nice and comfortable house with red tiled roofs as we can still find in Burgundy, France.
The founder of the Casa Proal is one of the descendants of the French settlers who spread their agricultural work in banana production and cattle breeding.
Casa Proal is a place for residents which takes this heritage as a base. Its main objective is to provide an opportunity for artists from Francophone countries who work with various mediums, painting, photography, video, sound, writing, sculpture, etc. to implement, during four months, a project on site dedicated to nature and art.
Around plural disciplinary artistic practices, the Casa Proal Artist-in-Residence program wishes the creation of inedited works with a singular and sensitive look at the place, its history and natural environment, offering a new reading of the landscape of this region of Mexico to the residents and the visitors.

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CONTACT

+52 (232) 325 06 67

San Rafael, Veracruz, México.