Open call: TRAUMA & REVIVAL Contemporary Encounters residency programs, deadline: February 9, 2017


Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto – Call for applications: TRAUMA & REVIVAL

Contemporary Encounters Residency Programs

Deadline: February 9, 2017

Open call for Trauma & Revival: Contemporary Encounters residency programs conceived by: kim? Contemporary Art Center (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 Program of the European Union (2015-2018).

Residency – kim? Contemporary Art Center (Latvia)
kim? Contemporary Art Centre (Riga, Latvia), July 8 – 22, 2017.
Number of participants: 12

Residency – Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto (Italy)
Cittadellarte – Fondazione Pistoletto (Biella, Italy), September 11 – 30, 2017.
Number of participants: 10

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The two-week residency by kim? Contemporary Art Center, 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 program, 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 program investigating the relationship between art and the public sphere and combines theory with practice ( UNIDEE will offer a program based on lectures, seminars, collective discussions and a final open studio event. The participants will be guided throughout the residency program by a tutor and a group of acknowledged international experts. The 2017 UNIDEE program 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 Center, 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.

ELIGIBILITY: 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.

You can READ MORE ABOUT THE CALL AND DOWLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM for kim? residency click here and for Cittadellarte residency click here.


Cittadellarte-Pistoletto Foundation
Via Serralunga 27, 13900 Biella – ITALY

UNIDEE-University of Ideas
Phone: +3901528400

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring & Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, Post-Bac in Studio Art; MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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