Freed from Accusations

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Vision Forum has worked intensively with the art school ISBA in Besançon, France since 2008. At that time, the institution was an insignificant regional school. In the last decade it has become one of the four highest ranked art schools in France. We have organised many exhibitions, events and contributed to their publications with them over the years. Many Vision Forum artists have participated in their large yearly public events “Excentricité” and “Back to the Trees.” The school’s director, Laurent Devèze, has created a dynamic program for the school which now has an amazing track record. Devèze has become the subject of a smear campaign since September 2020 and he was recently sacked by the city of Besançon. It is strange and alarming that virtually no one knows exactly what the accusations against him are. There has been vague allusions to sexual misconduct and to the fact that alcohol has been served at openings – but not even the members of the board of the school know.

We are happy to announce that on June 4, 2021 a court in Besançon announced the case that the City of Besançon attempted to launch against the school’s former director was dropped due to lack of evidence. It will not repair the damage that has been done to the school and its students, but at least it shows that there is some justice.