Engrenage Noir is an independent, non-profit artist organization created in 2001. It was founded to support community and activist art practices, not only financially, but also in the form of training, follow-through with the actual projects and networking. Engrenage Noir / ROUAGE aims to associate itself with community organizations and their members that work to confront the systemic causes underlying situations of social, economic and political exclusion. Engrenage Noir hopes to explore with them how community activist art projects can support their socially and politically engaged activity, and at the same time, include activist artists in these collaborations. For ROUAGE, community activist art projects are not only focused on demands for social change, but they also explore at the same time how to question inter-personal relations of power.