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Intituto Inclusartiz launches call for its Artist Residency and Research Program

This year, the project will include artists, curators and researchers from all over Brazil and other nations that are part of the CPLP – Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries. Registration are open from January 23 to February 24.

On January 23, Instituto Inclusartiz launches a call for the 2023 edition of its Artist and Research Residency Program, one of the most prestigious and comprehensive in Brazil. This year, in addition to contemplating Brazilian artists, curators and researchers, the program offers opportunities for candidates from other nations that are members of the CPLP – Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe, and East Timor.

The decision to open the program to candidates from other Portuguese-speaking countries is a reflection of the institute’s sustained desire to expand its operations to other territories, and also a continuation of what was 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 to enter 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, president of Inclusartiz.

The residencies will last four weeks and will be held throughout the year at the institute’s headquarters, in Gamboa, Rio de Janeiro’s port area. In all, ten vacancies are offered, being five for artists and five for curators/researchers. Within each category, four vacancies are reserved for Brazilian candidates and one for foreigners. Those interested in participating must submit their portfolios and unpublished projects, which must be related to the institute’s guidelines. The analysis of the proposals will be carried out by the Inclusartiz residency team and by a jury composed of professionals from the five regions of Brazil, which will be announced shortly.

“It is imperative that the candidates’ portfolios present the web of discussions that entangle their artistic research and that these prove significant for the state of the art in the contemporary scene. Moreover, it is very important that the project, whether poetic or theoretical, objectively defends a scope of work that makes sense within the path developed in its research. In addition to its relevance, of course”, explains Lucas Albuquerque, the program coordinator.

Applications are open between January 23 and February 24. 

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This year, the project will include artists, curators and researchers from all over Brazil and other nations that are part of the CPLP – Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries / Photo: Guilherme Tarini


THE PROGRAM

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.

SCHEDULE

Application period: January 23 to February 24
Jury selection period: March 2 to March 23
Interviews with pre-selected: March 27 to 31
Announcement of the result: April 3
Beginning of the 1st residency cycle: May 2
Vacancies: ten (five for artists and five for curators)