English, Spanish, Portuguese
4 weeks
Paid by host 

The program offers flight costs, accommodation in a shared room and meals. 500 dollars for production costs.

Paid by artist 

Health insurance, Visa when necessary, any extra costs.

Application guidelines 

Fill out the online application form available here; Portfolio submission as PDF file with up to 15 pages, not to exceeding 10 MB.

  • In addition to the visual portfolio, the PDF must include the following information: full name, place of birth, place of residence, email, cell phone, RG and CPF (for Brazilians), passport number (for foreigners) and three photos of the candidate (10X15 cm, 300dpi), plus biography with up to three paragraphs;
  • Artists working with video, sound and / or performance can include up to 3 links to be accessed by the jury;
  • Only links hosted on YouTube and Vimeo platforms will be considered. Links that demand downloading will not be considered;
  • Portfolios in format or size different from what is here requested will not be considered.
  • Submission of CV (resumé) in PDF format with up to 2 pages;
  • STATEMENT in PDF (up to 1500 words). Presentation of the work’s conceptual guidance, in a way that enables the jury to understand the artist’s working themes and research interest;

Applications will be accepted in Portuguese, Spanish or English. The artist must have knowledge of one of these three languages, as they will be the languages spoken during the residency.


Yvy Maraey Institute

Yvy Maraey Institute

Kaá International Artist-In-Residence Program


The Yvy Maraey Institute (Land Without Evil in Tupi-Guarani) is a non-profit organization that promotes experimental, ecological and sustainable art practices. Located in an 25 acres area in the extreme South of Porto Alegre, the Institute has as its mission the experience of art with nature. It promotes innovative and interdisciplinary actions that take the environment as a space at risk and permanent conservation. The institute is the ideal place for artistic, cultural and environmental practices.

Kaá (‘bush’ in Tupi-Guarani) names the first edition of the international residency program promoted by the Yvy Maraey Institute. The residency has a practical, interactive and immersive character, focusing on the multiple and sensitive relations between contemporary art and nature. The Kaá program selects 4 Brazilian and foreign artists for a four-week artist residency in the rural area of Porto Alegre, South Brazil. The program covers travel costs (round-trip), meals and accommodation, besides a fee for production costs.

The program understands that the art residency is not only about the artist’s presence in a certain context but, above all, it’s a moment of development and exchange between the subject and the space around it. During the four-week residency, selected artists will create contemporary art works and installations – permanent and / or temporary interventions – around the 25 acres of the Institute. The program seeks to give visibility to the artistic practices that question the contradictions and ambivalences of the complex relationship between art and nature.

In the Guarani worldview, Nature is not seen from outside as in the Western thought – in which Nature and the Human Being are distinct things in their essence, importance and aims. The Guarani perspective embraces the interdependence of all that exists and the destiny shared between the place and those who inhabit it. So everything that happens on earth also overmaster the people of the earth. Caring for the land would then mean take care of ourselves. The organizers want to share this ancestral vision of interdependence with the residents and Institute’s visitors.


The selected artists must develop at least one new art work and must participate in two discussion panels.

Selected artists will make available the images and video materials made during the residency. Each artist must make available at least 10 images of the work done during the residency and 10 images that document the residency period. Selected artists commit to submit, each, an article describing the residency experience. Articles must have a minimum of 2500 words and must be sent up to June 1st, 2019. Selected artists working with video / sound are required to provide two links with the works on the YouTube or Vimeo platform within 21 days of the end of the residency.

Accommodation Information 

Two rooms shared each by two artists.

Studio Information 

The institute can host different disciplines, such as ceramics, sculptures, paint, contemporary creations. It can adapt, when possible, to what artists will do. Artists will receive a fee (500 dollars) for acquiring materials and appropriate structure for the development of their work. It has space to be transformed in studio and art sheds.

Technical Information 

The facilities can be adjusted, when possible, according to the artist's work.

Porto Alegre - RS

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