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Education, Honors & Awards
Masters Degree in Urban Design from Columbia University; Bachelors Degree in Architecture & Urban Design, Magna Cum Laude, from La Cambre Architecture School in Brussels; Special Studies from NYU
Françoise Schein was awarded the Award for Excellence in Design," from the New York City Art Commission for her Subway Map Floating on a NY Sidewalk- a flat sculpture- on 110 Greene Street in 1985. Françoise also received the Award for Excellence in Design for the Miami Preservation League in 1989. In 1998, she received the Price from the Belgium Libre Académie for the body of her work. In 200I, Françoise was awarded the Prix de la Coopération Internationale du Haut Conseil à la Coopération Internationale, from France. Her Bremen project was nominated by UNESCO in 2001. Françoise was recently nominated Ambassador at the ECP, the European Cultural Parliament. She received many fellowships and supports to create all of his human rights projects worldwide.
FRANCOISE SCHEIN www.francoiseschein.com www.inscrire.com Françoise Schein, the founder of Inscrire, is an architect, urban planner and visual artist. Both in her work for Inscrire and in her private collection, she specializes in cross-discipline projects that highlight the relationships between urban planning, art, ethics and citizenship. For over 30 years, she has been developing a network of large urban projects around the questions raised by Human Rights and Culture throughout the world. Françoise studied urban design at Columbia University in New York and architecture at La Cambre School in Brussels, where she also spent her childhood. She is a former visiting professor at Coventry University in the UK and she actually teaches at the Arts and media superior School of Caen in France ESAM. Françoise Schein, founder of Inscrire Inscribing the vision of utopia: her vision in her words. For a long time now, I have been interested in cities and their unique designs: their foundations and the ideas that they grew out of and that they generate. As an architect, urban planner and artist, I started first with drawings, maps and representations. I then moved onto sculptures and, little by little, I began to envision urban projects that I could integrate into the cities themselves. This perspective led me to create projects in the very depths and heart of urban networks, to that place where people circulate, the subway. I have come to see cities and villages as living beings who tell stories of the lives that have crossed through and in them, thereby leaving indelible marks on the successive strata of the city’s foundations. My projects pay homage to that reality. It was through working on the physical mapping of cities that I discovered how human rights principles were a geological bed on which societies had transformed into permanent, physical democracies: that is, the conception, expression and recognition of human rights was an integral component in defining the physical form that cities, societies, and communities ultimately took. From that moment on, I was determined to incorporate written expressions of fundamental human rights, such as the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man, into my projects; thus emerged the urban inscription project that is the backbone work of INSCRIRE today. By inscribing this and other fundamental expressions of the rights of man in artworks throughout the world, we leave behind indelible reminders to all who see them. It was the feeling that we should never stop inscribing these texts that drove me to begin working in the Concorde Metro Station in Paris in 1989, covering its walls with ceramic tiles of letters, that write out the text of the Universal Declaration of the Rights of Man. I continued to Brussels, Lisbon and Haifa, to Berlin and Stockholm, into the shantytowns (favelas) of Rio de Janeiro, and now onto Bremen, Kabul, São Paulo, Montevideo, Ramallah and the villages of the European Community. With the support of volunteers and others who share this vision, little by little, letter by letter, we have constructed walls of ideas that read like an open book, made of earth that lay beneath and within our communities. Somewhere between cities and words, a link was created out of which came the idea to work with local populations themselves to complete these projects. In Rio de Janeiro, we have established INSCRIRE workshop, where the people from each community come to write out the texts and learn the ancestral technique of painting on ceramic tiles. It is their tiles that become the art installation created in each of their neighborhoods. This extension of the projects has both a pedagogical dimension and gives a social purpose to INSCRIRE’s dissemination of human rights. Françoise Schein
I am visual artist and architect, working with ceramics, creating monumental human rights arts projects with the participation of the population, I can easily lead very large group of people, I always finish the projects started even difficult ones.
Françoise Schein is an architect, an artist, and the founder of the French NGO Association INSCRIRE which she created for the dissemination of Human Rights through arts projects with the participation of people and students all over the world. Françoise is an art teacher at the ESAM School of the Arts in Caen, Normandy, France. For over 35 years, she has been developing a network of large urban projects, projects about the questions raised by Human Rights and Culture throughout the world. Françoise built 7 subway stations in the world all entirely dedicated to the Human Rights as well as hundreds of smaller projects on the same subject. Her future objectives include continuing to develop her Human Rights projects worldwide, especially in the United States. A specific objective is to publish her pedagogical tool kit for the teaching of human rights in secondary schools throughout the arts, while creating urban renewal and philosophical architectural fragments visible to the general public. She is fluent in French, English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Françoise's book, Artiste Des Droits Humains can be found on Amazon.