Call will select artists, curators and researchers for a period of guidance, research and production at the institute’s headquarters in Rio de Janeiro
The Open Call for the 2023 edition of Instituto Inclusartiz’s Artist Residency and Research Program received more than 500 applications from artists, curators and researchers from all Brazilian states and from ten other nations of the CPLP – Community of Portuguese Language Countries (Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, São Tomé and Príncipe and East Timor), territories to which the call was directed this year.
The decision of opening the program to candidates from other Portuguese-speaking nations is a reflection of the institute’s continuous desire to expand its operations beyond the national soil and also a follow-up of what has been started last year, when the call was opened for candidates from countries in southern Africa.
“We have been looking for collaborations in Portugal for some time, where we have identified a fertile field for the development of social inclusion projects through art, in addition to being a natural gateway for Brazil into the European market. We took advantage of this hook to also enter the cultural circuit of other Portuguese-speaking countries, where there is a synergy of values, culture and history that goes far beyond the common language,” says Frances Reynolds, Inclusartiz’s president.
After the registration period, candidates will be evaluated, until April 4, by an invited jury formed by five names from different parts of Brazil, each one representing a region of the country. They are: Brígida Campbell (Belo Horizonte, MG), Divino Sobral (Goiânia, GO), Keila Sankofa (Manaus, AM), Josué Matos (Florianópolis, SC), and Maria Rosa (Recife, PE).
“This jury evaluates each of the entries individually, seeking to understand both the relevance of the project and the cohesion with the portfolio, as well as the pertinence of the proposal to be developed within our Cultural Center, understanding our specificities and the openings we have to promote its development. It is important to point out that during the process each of the jurors will examine the portfolio and then we will discuss together all the names that were identified as relevant in the selection process,” explains Lucas Albuquerque, Coordinator of the Artist Residency and Research Program.
After this pre-selection, between 18 and 20 names will be chosen for the interview phase with the Instituto Inclusartiz team, which, in addition to Albuquerque, includes curators Victor Gorgulho and Aldones Nino, as well as Frances Reynolds. The interviews will be held between April 10 and 14. The final result is expected to be released on April 25.
In all, ten vacancies are offered, five for artists and five for curators/researchers. Within each category, four vacancies are reserved for Brazilian candidates and one for foreigners. The residencies will begin on May 15 and will take place throughout the year at the institute’s headquarters in Gamboa, Rio de Janeiro’s port area, divided into five cycles of four weeks each. Each cycle will be formed by an artist and a curator/researcher.
“The proposal is that the ten residents be received in pairs, formed by an artist and a curator or researcher. Each pair will spend four weeks at the institute, forming a cycle. In this notice, five cycles are foreseen. Within these union proposals, we intend to tailor the program so that the researches have a point of contact, understanding that they are not required to deal with the same topic, but they can present interactions that help the pairs to exchange and complement each other,” explains Lucas Albuquerque.
Offered since 2014, the Instituto Inclusartiz Artist Residency and Research Program aims to foster national and international artistic production and has hosted more than forty names, including renowned professionals such as Amanda Abi Khalil (Lebanon), Yuko Hasegawa (Japan), Gerda Steiner & Jorg Lenzlinger (Switzerland), Hans Ulrich Obrist (England), and Valeska Soares (Brazil); in addition to young Brazilian talents such as Hal Wildson, Marcela Cantuária, Maxwell Alexandre, Manauara Clandestina, Vivian Caccuri, and Xadalu Tupã Jekupé.
In 2022, the institute remodeled the program and launched its first open call, aimed at candidates from Brazil and countries in Southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Eswatini, Zambia, and Zimbabwe). The opening call received more than 530 entries.
In this new format, the program is divided into cycles, lasting four weeks each. Every cycle has a duo formed by an artist and a curator/researcher, who receive all the required support for developing their research, such as a living space, a collective studio at the headquarters of Instituto Inclusartiz, personalized curatorial monitoring, a production team and communication departments, and a residency grant to pay for food, transport and purchase of materials.
As part of the program, Inclusartiz also organizes a series of educational activities, such as workshops, publications, public speeches and critical sessions aimed at art students from educational institutions in Rio de Janeiro, expanding the cultural exchange between residents and the local artistic community.
Jury selection period: March 13 to April 4
Interviews with pre-selected candidates: April 10 to 14
Announcement of results: April 25
Start of the 1st residency cycle: May 15