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Artist’s and curator’s residency // Berlin-Lagos


Tito Aderemi-Ibitola | August - October 2016


In August 2016, »Artist’s and curator’s residency // Berlin-Lagos« - the residency programme for young artists and curators takes place for the second time in Berlin. The programme is a collaboration between Goethe-Institut Nigeria, Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik (ZK/U), SAVVY Contemporary and Amt für Weiterbildung und Kultur/ Fachbereich Kunst und Kultur.

From August to October, Tito Aderemi-Ibitola, a Lagos-based multimedia artist working primarily in performance and video, will live and work in the city of Berlin. Her work focuses on the intersections of race, gender, and ethnicity. She has studied at the Theatre Department of Allegheny College in Pennsylvania and was also trained at the Royal Shakespeare Company in UK.

Her works have been included in solo and group exhibitions as well as in festivals, among others Art 21 – Platform Exhibition (2016), Lagos Theatre Festival (2016), Videonale CCA (2016), New Contemporaries-Performance Art (2016), and White Space – Black Tears – Solo Exhibition (2015). Her Live Performance WhiteSpace (2015) was invited to Goethe-Institut Lagos- Photo Party (2015), Trans-Atlantic Visual Exchange (2015), Stranger Lagos (2015) and VAN Lagos (2015).

The residency in Berlin is aimed at offering the artist the opportunity to explore further her artistic and cultural forms of expression within her examination of urban and social issues especially concerning questions of gender and the role of POC in Berlin. Furthermore, she is invited to connect and exchange with actors and practitioners within the independent scene and non-profit art spaces in Berlin. Central are here the communal Galerie Wedding and SAVVY Contemporary.

Tito Aderemi-Ibitola is hosted by ZK/U in an studio to work and live in and gets the opportunity to present her work within the »OPENHAUS«-Events.

Visit Tito Aderemi-Ibitola’s Website here: taibitola.com


ARTISTS IN RESIDENCY 2016:


Alejandra Mizrahi and Agustín González Goytía


We are happy to welcome Alejandra Mizrahi and Agustín González Goytía in our residency programme. Both are born, live and work in Tucumán, Argentina. They are highly active within the art and cultural landscape of Argentina. Together with other artists they run Rusia Galería, an independent contemporary art gallery in San Miguel de Tucumán.

Alejandra: “I feel a great curiosity for things that don‘t find a place in the contemporary life. I think about them as if they have lost their worlds: old carpets, forgotten weave techniques, tablecloths, curtains, wallpapers. All these elements have become ruins. Some materials account for what they were, why they existed, where they came from, how they were placed, and if they cannot tell us this kind of things, we can speculate about their beginnings, uses or destinies.”

Agustin: “I am interested in the way painting gets thinner upon raw fabric, how it has been absorbed by the support, dyed more than painted. Forms getting thinner, like a memory vanishes, disappears and emerges from the haze, this is the way in which the painting appears. I work with local images as a reference and some pictures that belong to other cities. I translate all this material to the painting, composing an architectural pastiche style, emulating the way in which they were put together into my country.”

Alejandra was born in Tucumán, Argentina, in 1981. She lives and works in Tucumán. She was awarded her PhD from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in the Department of Philosophy with the dissertation "Wearable art: indumentaria y experiencia estética en el arte contemporáneo”. She had previously obtained masters degrees in Aesthetics and Theory of Contemporary Art and Contemporary Philosophy by the same University. She has participated in international and national academic congresses. In 2014 she participated in Curadora, Recidency Program in Santa Fe. Since 2011 she works in Rusia Galería, an art independent and contemporary gallery in San Miguel de Tucumán. She is the Academic Responsible of the Technical Degree in Garment Design in Architecture Faculty of the National University of Tucumán. She was the producer of the recently book called “Randa: tradición y diseño tucumanos en diálogo”. She has had Solo Exhibitions: SUPERNOVA, Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2014), MOTIVO, Rusia galería, Tucumán, Argentina (2012) and LOS TRABAJOS Y LOS DÍAS, Galería Isidro Miranda, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2007). She has also participated in numerous group exhibitions. She has made several Performances. Her work can be found in the collection of MACRO. Museum of Contemporary Art. Rosario, Argentina.

Agustin was born in Tucumán, Argentina, in 1981. He lives and works between Tucumán and Buenos Aires. He graduated in 2011 as a Bachelor of Arts in the Art Faculty at the National University of Tucumán. In 2015 he had a grant in the Programa de Artistas of the Art Department in the Di Tella University. In 2014 he was selected for the Residency Program URRA in Buenos Aires. Also in 2014 he was recipient of the grant Fondo Nacional de las Artes-Conti at the Centro Cultural de la Memoria H. Conti in Buenos Aires to participate in a training program for artists. He has had Solo Exhibitions: Alianza, MUMU (Espacio Cultural Museo de las Mujeres), Córdoba (2015), Nocturno, Pasto Galería, Buenos Aires (2014), Dicha, Rusia Galería, Tucumán (2013), Más grande que una casa, más pequeño que un ratón, Rusia Galería, Tucumán (2011), Instalación, Espacio Paréntesis, 3o distrito de Vialidad Nacional, Tucumán (2009). He has also participated in numerous group exhibitions. He has won different National Awards.

A Presentation of their residency and general work will take place on March 7th, 2016 at 7pm. Please find more information HERE.


SAVVY Contemporary proudly announces

its August 2014 scholar- and artist-in-residence:


Prof. Myron M. Beasley and Mr. Uche Uzorka

Myron Beasley, Ph.D. is a scholar, curator and performance artist. He lectures in the areas of Cultural Studies, African American Studies, and Women and Gender studies as associate professor at Bates College, USA. His ethnographic research includes exploring the intersection of cultural politics, art and social change, as he believes in the power of artists and recognize them as cultural workers; He has been awarded fellowships and grants by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and most recently the Ruth Landes Award from the Reed Foundation, for his ethnographic writing about art and cultural engagement. The Ghetto Biennale (Haiti), CAAR Paris (France) are two examples of his curatorial work. His writing has appeared in many academic journals including The Journal of Poverty, Text and Performance Quarterly, Museum & Social Issues, The Journal of Curatorial Studies and Performance Research. At SAVVY he will be researching/writing his book on the topic of Ethnography, Necropolitics and Performance Art in the African Diaspora of which he was awarded the Ruth Landes Award to support this endeavor.

Uche Uzorka is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. Uzorka was born in 1974 in Delta State, Nigeria, and graduated in 2001 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, majoring in painting. Uzorka’s practice incorporates painting, collage, cutting and pasting, charcoal, and ink drawing in an examination of processes of urban street culture. Uzorka won First Place in the National Art Competition in 2011 for his collaboration with artist Chike Obeagu. His first solo exhibition, Uche Uzorka: The Organic, was held in October 2012 at Goethe-Institut Nigeria in association with the African Artists’ Foundation. Line.Sign.Symbol, Uzorka’s second solo exhibition, was held at the African Artists’ Foundation in January 2013. Other exhibitions include Where were you when I was here?, 2014, Sübkültür Bayreuth Germany, Integration and Resistance, 10th Biennale of Havana, Havana, Cuba, 2010.
Uche Uzorka’s residendy is supported by the Goethe-Institut Nigeria.


ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCY PRESENTATION

Thursday, 4th September 2014, 8pm

It Felt Strange To Pay For Nigerian Food


Artist: Uche Uzorka

SAVVY Contemporary I Richardstr. 20 I 12043 Berlin-Neukölln

After a full month of writing, art-making, networking and thinking together, SAVVY Contemporary's artist-in-residence Uche Uzorka will present his art project.
The backbone of SAVVY Contemporary's residency programme is the question of how arts and culture can be thought of beyond geographical and national constraints, and how conventional discourses, perception frames and reception modes of the Western art canon can be reconsidered and redefined. Our residents are encouraged to interact with and relate to local artistic and cultural productions, as well as Berlin’s socio-political, economic and cultural realities, and relay these to their own practices.

Uche Uzorka is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. Uzorka was born in 1974 in Delta State, Nigeria, and graduated in 2001 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, majoring in painting. Uzorka’s practice incorporates painting, collage, cutting and pasting, charcoal, and ink drawing in an examination of processes of urban street culture. Uzorka won First Place in the National Art Competition in 2011 for his collaboration with artist Chike Obeagu. His first solo exhibition, Uche Uzorka: The Organic, was held in October 2012 at Goethe-Institut Nigeria in association with the African Artists’ Foundation. Line.Sign.Symbol, Uzorka’s second solo exhibition, was held at the African Artists’ Foundation in January 2013. Other exhibitions include Where were you when I was here?, 2014, Sübkültür Bayreuth Germany, Integration and Resistance, 10th Biennale of Havana, Havana, Cuba, 2010.
Uche Uzorka’s residency is supported by the Goethe-Institut Nigeria.


SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCY PRESENTATION

Sunday, 7th September 2014, 4pm

Unraveling Politics/ Contemplating Death: African Diasporic Performance Art and Contemporary Cultures

Scholar: Prof. Myron Beasley

Myron Beasley’s work is about repositioning and reframing artists as cultural workers who engage in communicative actions that both translate and participate in their contemporary cultural politics. As an ethnographer, his work (also as a cultural critic and curator) is always informed by local culture and local epistemologies as to make sense of such work. In so doing, his writing is generative and forms a critique of Western ways of viewing and reading artistic production particularly from the African Diaspora. His presentation draws from his writing and research during the SAVVY Contemporary residency from his book project on the necropolitics and performance art in the African Diaspora.
Specifically the text is a collection of critical ethnographic essays as art criticism that interrogates the interrelationship between death and politics in the contemporary art of the African Diaspora. He engages with performance artist as cultural workers and theorists. Through performance and critical theory, he unravels the complex and multilayered concept of necropolitics as contemplated by Foucault and further developed most recently by Achille Mbemebe.

Myron Beasley, Ph.D. is a scholar, curator and performance artist. He lectures in the areas of Cultural Studies, African American Studies, and Women and Gender studies as associate professor at Bates College, USA. His ethnographic research includes exploring the intersection of cultural politics, art and social change, as he believes in the power of artists and recognize them as cultural workers; He has been awarded fellowships and grants by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and most recently the Ruth Landes Award from the Reed Foundation, for his ethnographic writing about art and cultural engagement. The Ghetto Biennale (Haiti), CAAR Paris (France) are two examples of his curatorial work. His writing has appeared in many academic journals including The Journal of Poverty, Text and Performance Quarterly, Museum & Social Issues, The Journal of Curatorial Studies and Performance Research. At SAVVY he will be researching/writing his book on the topic of Ethnography, Necropolitics and Performance Art in the African Diaspora of which he was awarded the Ruth Landes Award to support this endeavour.


SAVVY Contemporary Residency Program



Images ©Lara Merrington

From February 2014 onwards, SAVVY Contemporary will host a residency program for established and emerging curators, artists, critics and writers for a period of at least 3 months. The vertebral column of the residency program is formed by the questions of how arts and culture can be positioned or thought of beyond geographical and national constraints, and how conventional discourses, perception frames and reception modes of Western art canon can be reconsidered and redefined. One of our principal aims is to stimulate reflection on the local artistic and cultural production. In this context, the resident is invited to relate or pave a new trajectory in their own works in relation to Berlin’s socio-political, economic and cultural status quo. Residency program at SAVVY Contemporary offers an opportunity to work individually, while being open to collaboration with a fellow resident.

SAVVY Contemporary is a non-profit art space, which critically reflects on and questions discourses around “Western art” and “non-Western art”. SAVVY Contemporary acts at the intersection of Arts and Sciences, within and beyond the North-Western ideological hemisphere. It is a platform for epistemological diversity, allowing cultures and outlooks from all corners of the globe to be on a par with each other.

Located in Berlin-Neukölln, the most multicultural city district with inhabitants from 160 nations, SAVVY Contemporary takes up the challenge to investigate the ‘threshold’ between the West and the Non-West. Reaching out to both, the art affine and the general public, SAVVY Contemporary conceives of Neukölln with its history and socio-political status quo as a fertile soil for reflections and discourses.


Applicants:
Artists, Curators, Critics and Writers. Only online applications will be considered

What we offer:
•Accommodation 500m away from the SAVVY Contemporary premises (a former power plant, the so-called “Cathedral of electricity” built by the renowned architect Hans Heinrich Müller from 1926-1928), where residents can work and offer seminars, workshops or lectures in the course of their residency.
•access to the multi-faceted, internationally oriented network of artists, curators and cultural practitioners
•Co-working space
•Performance Practice Space
•Library / Multimedia Documentation Centre
•Individual career support and portfolio review

What we expect from the resident:
The resident will devote most of their time to pursuing their work, but will also:
•give an informal public talk about their practice
•participate in arranged visits to other art venues in Berlin
•do an open studio morning once per month, or
•organize an open studio exhibition, presentation, performance or lecture at the end of the residency.

Resident’s expenses:
•1100 € / month. The fee covers accommodation in a private room with shared living facilities (bathroom, kitchen), internet, electricity, water, as well as artist support regarding PR, translation and co-working
•Travel and visa costs
•Production and living costs
•Other supplies
SAVVY Contemporary will provide help in searching for grants, once the resident is selected.

Languages: English (working language), German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Turkish and Russian.

Selection procedure:
•The applicant has to decide on residency dates. The applicant’s time flexibility improves the chances of being selected.
•The shortlisted applicants will be invited to a Skype interview.
Other activities
Application deadline: 3-6 months before the arrival.

If the applicant is coming from outside Berlin, it is especially important to apply as early as possible, to avoid any difficulties regarding logistics / transport to Berlin.
“Early birds” may be interviewed and offered a place before the deadline.
We are happy to provide letters of support for funding applications.

How to apply
•*For artists and curators: a multipage PDF should be not larger than 10MB.
*For critics and writers: a multipage PDF should be not larger than 2MB.
•The multipage PDF must include the following information, in the order indicated below:
-Name
- Email address
- Postal address
- URL (if available)
- Phone number
- Period of residency
- Grants. If the applicant is applying for grants, they have to specify the value and give a BRIEF statement of the uncovered needs
- Collaborative teams should specify if they need separate beds
- Proposal detailing what the applicant will work on in the course of the residency
- CV with information on applicant’s education, previous projects and/or exhibitions and completed residencies
- Work Samples (see details below)
- Work List (title, medium, year, dimensions)
- If the applicant’s work is time based or is documented on video, the application should include an active link to the personal website, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

Please send all documents to residency@savvy-contemporary.com

Curator and coordinator of SAVVY residency program: Eylem Sengezer

How to reach SAVVY Contemporary
Both the art space (Richardstr. 20) and the residency space (Richardstr. 43) are a 5 minutes walk from the metro station Karl-Marx-Str.
Please check www.bvg.de for detailed connections.