Open call Trauma & Revival: Contemporary Encounters

Open call Trauma & Revival: Contemporary Encounters

Open call for Trauma & Revival: Contemporary Encounters residency programs conceived by: kim? Contemporary Art Centre (Riga, Latvia) and Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella, Italy) under the umbrella of UNIDEE – University of Ideas. The two residencies are developed under the framework of Trauma & Revival. Cultural relations between Eastern and Western Europe, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union (2015-2018).

This project explores the post-war period of Europe’s history between 1945 and 1968 through its artistic developments. The importance of this initiative lies in the East-West connections and the reflection that it wishes to showcase following WWII, by bringing together arts works and artists from both the Soviet Union and Western Europe. Through exhibitions, artistic encounters,
workshops and debates, the project echoes the context in which Europe currently stands, and in particular its cultural ties between the West and the East, during the Cold War and today. Its
relevance today is even more crucial at a time when dialogue is more necessary than ever, starting with artists.

  • The two-week residency by kim? Contemporary Art Centre, taking place at its venue in Riga, Latvia will pay attention to the historical complexities, common memories and imagined futures that have been significant in the East – West dichotomy relationship, particularly in the infrastructure of the Baltic countries, which has been a frontier between Russia and Europe. The programme, curated and designed by professionals coming from various fields will question the notions of frontiers and borders, disconnection, separation and union, a common realm, joint memories and futures, among other important topics.
  • The three-week residency at Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto is developed within the framework of UNIDEE – University of Ideas, which is an educational programme investigating the relationship between art and the public sphere and combines theory with practice. UNIDEE will offer a programme based on lectures, seminars, collective discussions and a final open studio event. The participants will be guided throughout the residency programme by a tutor and a group of acknowledged international experts. The 2017 UNIDEE programme is shaped around three macro-topics: Revolution, Desire, Mediation. These will also be guidelines for residency participants to suggest critical and new inputs, and to propose geo-political links between the time-lapse (1945-1968) and the historical, social and economic issues expressed in the general frame of Trauma & Revival project. Independent curator Aria Spinelli will tutor the three-week residency.

Both residencies will focus on the series of discussions, talks, lectures and presentations directed towards the development of a unique body of work – artistic interventions that will be further considered and potentially included in a contemporary art exhibition that will be erected at kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Bunkier Sztuki, Krakow and Center for Fine Arts (Bozar), Brussels in 2018.

The grant covers:

  • Travel reimbursement to and from the residency venues and VISA costs. The travel costs should be economy class tickets only.
  • Accommodation at kim? or/and at Cittadellarte.
  • Artists’ fee – payable according to international and local laws.
  • Additionally travel and accommodation costs will be covered for the trips to Moscow and Krakow in 2017.
  • A budget for production will be available to the participants only in Cittadellarte’s residency.

You are eligible to apply if you are (all conditions below must be met):

  • A visual artist or creative professional, active in art and culture or related fields, coming from Russia or any European country (those who are native of other parts of the world but living and resident in Europe are also eligible to apply);
  • Born after 1982;
  • Fluent in English.

If you are interested in applying for kim? Contemporary Art Centre’s residency, submit your application to:[email protected] stating: “Trauma & Revival - Latvia” as a subject line (up to 10 MB per email).
If you wish to apply for Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto's residency, submit your application to [email protected] stating “Trauma & Revival - Italy” as a subject line (up to 10 MB per email).

Please, fill out (in English only) the application form in a single PDF document by including:

  • Your basic and contact information;
  • The residency you would like to participate in, underlining the interest in its particular programme and context
  • A motivation letter (up to 500 words);
  • Your professional statement (up to 300 words)

Please attach to the e-mail:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae (up to 2 A4 pages, font size 12)
  • Examples of your work (3-4 examples (images, texts, audio files, videos, etc.).

Deadline for submission: February 9, 2017 (18 PM CET).

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