Residency as Refuge? will interrogate the ways in which residencies can serve as a haven for artists working in fraught socio-political climates, or whose work subjects them to adverse risk or censorship in their home countries. The role of residencies as key facilitators of mobility and cultural exchange for artists working in such situations will also be discussed. Speakers include Wafaa Bilal, artist, New York; Sandra Skurvida, independent curator, New York Sohrab Kashani, Founder and Director of Sazmanab Project & Residency, Tehran.; and Todd Lester, Founder, Freedimensional, New York. Moderated by Barrak Alzaid, Artistic Director, ArteEast.
Image © Sazmanab Project & Residency
About the Residencies Talk Series
During the past twenty years there have been marked shifts in the role and structure of residency programs. New models have emerged that depart from residencies as utopian communities for the research and development of new work to laboratories for collaboration, cultural exchange and public interaction. In many of these alternative models, residencies have become part and parcel to the production of new work and take place within myriad institutional structures – from residency-based organizations to museums or art centers with residencies as a facet of their programming.
December 6, Economies of Residencies
Produced in collaboration with International Studio and Curatorial Program
The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) is a leading nonprofit, residency-based contemporary art institution for emerging to mid-career artists and curators from around the world. Founded in 1994, ISCP has hosted over 1,000 artists and curators from more than 50 countries, including the United States. In 2008, ISCP moved from Manhattan to East Williamsburg, Brooklyn to an 18,000 square-foot former factory building. This move expanded ISCP’s facilities to 35 studios, an exhibition gallery and a project space. To advance its core mission of supporting artists in producing and exhibiting a wide range of contemporary, often experimental, artistic approaches, ISCP annually presents a series of innovative exhibitions and public programs both on- and off-site. For more information please visit ISCP.