A letter of invitation will be provided by KAMEN if required for travel grants or visa applications. KAMEN can offer assistance in applying for external grants.
Residency fee: € 1.000 (2000KM) per month. Beside the residency fee, the visiting professional must cover their own travel expenses, local transport, food (they practice collective cooking) and additional (specific) working materials. Local transport is cheap but not frequent; car rental is quite affordable and advised.
KAMEN Artist Residency works with two deadlines per year: 1st of January and 1st of March. The selection committee of KAMEN – an interdisciplinary group of individuals who share a strong commitment to the arts, creative and critical thinking, will review the submitted proposals and choose projects based on the quality, commitment to practice, and the ability to interact positively with a community at large. Each resident period will host a group of people working in a variety of disciplines.
The applications are accepted in Serbo-Croatian, English and Dutch and may only be submitted electronically. The application includes a project proposal (max two A4) and its presumed outcome and a portfolio that gives an overview of the development in your work over the last 5 years. Aside from this, your proposal should contain the following:
KAMEN Artist Residency is an independent artist-run residency program and a non-profit organization initiated to provide a space for artists to live and work in a community and engage in either collaborative or solo projects. KAMEN is interested in the fruitful exchange between people, ideas, methodologies and disciplines - bridging diverse practices to foster interconnection in a myriad of ways. KAMEN is also an ideal location for a retreat from the hectic nature of urban life in order to focus on creative endeavors; to work on the production of art works, perform research, or write.
This residency welcomes creatives working with performative practices, historical and sociopolitical research, mythology, anthropology, religion, geology, environmental issues, ecology, contemporary film, and writing etc. Artists of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and genders are welcome, at different stages in their artistic career. The residency is focused on creating self-sustaining and regenerative circumstances for both the community and the landscape as a whole. Aside from own fruit orchard and vegetable garden, nearly all food products are organic or purchased locally. They plan to commence beekeeping in the next season and develop the garden further, to eventually cultivate more own provisions.
Partners: By means of strategic introductions made throughout each residency session, KAMEN assists resident fellows in making meaningful connections and engaging in intercultural collaborations with a diversity of local constituencies, as appropriate to each artist’s discipline and particular interests. KAMEN has been forming collaborations with different local cultural institutions and art associations and projects. At this point they have several partners in Trebinje, the closest city, – just 15 km from Orah: Gallery KC - Cultural Centre Trebinje, the Academy of Fine Arts, and the Museum of Herzegovina, with its team of anthropologists, ethnologists and archeologists. They are also currently partnering with The Devon Karst Research Society, as well, in support of their "Proteus Project in the Trebišnjica River Basin". Together with international environmental scientists, biologists, speleologists and other volunteers representing a variety of disciplines, they have been collecting significant amounts of data on the region’s rare and intricate cave systems and their associated fauna species. They also work with several high-schools and smaller associations that practice traditional craft (weaving, crochet, embroidery), singing, dancing and manufacturing musical instruments, as well as the local mountaineering society and geologists. All the residents are encouraged to engage or collaborate with these local communities, organizations, ecosystems and materials in whatever way seems pertinent to their project.
Each participant is invited to hold a public presentation, in any preferred format, scale and environment, at the end of their stay. KAMEN facilitates exhibitions, lectures, master-classes, presentations and screenings to be held at a number of institutional, alternative or public spaces, in collaboration with their partners, depending on the nature of the project or research.
The residency building is newly built, surrounded by a large terrace and private grounds that connect directly to the lake. It consists of two floors and provides living and working spaces for four artists at a time; with private rooms, private and shared working spaces and shared living areas: kitchen, living room, dining room, bathrooms, terrace, and the land around the building.
Studios are suitable for various disciplines, from writing to sculpting. If needed, one of the studios can be transformed in a video-editing room.
Artists are encouraged to work with local materials (stone, wood). Basic tools and drawing materials are provided. If any specialized material is needed artists are advised bring it, or inform the organisers in advance.
KAMEN is located in a quiet rural area overlooking Bileća Lake on the outskirts of Orah, a village that is home to just a few families in eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina, along the border with Montenegro. It is a neighbor to a 14th century Orthodox monastery, where nuns continue the practice icon painting. When the lake was constructed in 1968 to provide hydroelectric power to the region, five villages were flooded, all the houses, churches, & graveyards, as well as the remains of a Roman villa with beautiful floor mosaics ended up under water. In the late summer, when the water levels drastically recede, it is possible to walk along the bottom of the lake, through the remains of many of these flooded villages. Two small islands in the middle of the lake, seen from the front terrace of the residency, become hills that can be reached on foot when the lake levels are particularly low. The seasonal changes and the rich cultural responses to the seasons make Orah an exciting and inspiring location, to which KAMEN aims to connect in its day-to-day life.
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