Françoise Schein graduated from the Brussels School of Visual Arts and Architecture La Cambre. She received an MA in Urban Design at Columbia University, New York in 1979. She studied at the N.Y.U University with the artist Bob Morris, before starting to work as an artist concentrating her major interest on mappings and democracy issues. Since 2004, Françoise Schein holds a tenure position at the School of Arts and Media ESAM in Caen in Normandy.
Politically engaged and sensitive to the historical evolution of the human rights, she has been pursuing the construction of a world network of large-scale artistic projects centered on the evolution of the human rights and its impact on the world’s democracies.
She created a humane pedagogical methodology for the production of her artworks, allowing all kinds of people from a variety of social classes and ages to participate in the creation of these works. Without barriers of pre-concepts they are all working together, they participate in the creation of major cities infrastructures. It is under the cities in their subway’s stations, in parks and on cities walls that she juxtaposes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ text intermingled with images, philosophical and literary texts, cartographies of the local culture and local history.
Françoise Schein is the Founder and the Director of the Association INSCRIRE formally created in 1997. With professionals interested in similar matters, such as philosophers, sociologists, artists, architects, and volunteers, she created the NGO with the objective of disseminating the Human Rights all over the world and in the most singular possible ways. In 2014, the CIVA Museum in Brussels presented a retrospective show of Schein’s projects. A monographic book is published by Mardaga: “Françoise Schein, artiste des Droits Humains”.
www.francoiseschein.com and www.inscrire.com