Create and participate in southern Mexico’s spectacular Day of the Dead celebrations in the extraordinary multicultural kaleidoscopes of Puebla or Oaxaca. This residency is offered at 6 weeks (extendable), September 29 to November 10, 2014. Application deadline Sunday, April 20, 2014.
THE DAY OF THE DEAD
As practiced by the indigenous communities of Mexico, el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) commemorates the transitory return to Earth of deceased relatives and loved ones. The festivities take place each year at the end of October to the beginning of November. This period also marks the completion of the annual cycle of cultivation of maize, the country’s predominant food crop. Families facilitate the return of the souls to Earth by laying flower petals, candles and offerings along the path leading from the cemetery to their homes. The deceased’s favorite dishes are prepared and placed around the home shrine and the tomb alongside flowers and typical handicrafts, such as paper cut-outs. Great care is taken with all aspects of the preparations, for it is believed that the dead are capable of bringing prosperity (e.g. an abundant maize harvest) or misfortune (e.g. illness, accidents, financial difficulties) upon their families depending on how satisfactorily the rituals are executed. The dead are divided into several categories according to cause of death, age, sex and, in some cases, profession. A specific day of worship, determined by these categories, is designated for each deceased person. This encounter between the living and the dead affirms the role of the individual within society and contributes to reinforcing the political and social status of Mexico’s indigenous communities. –Inscribed in 2008 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (originally proclaimed by UNESCO in 2003).
OUR ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMS
Our residency programs offer important professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career national and international contemporary artists age 25 and over. Our programs are oriented to promote social consciousness, and artists are strongly encouraged to address social themes as part of their artistic goals for their residency project. As Arquetopia’s mission is to promote social transformation, understanding Mexico’s context, and specifically Puebla and Oaxaca’s cultural complexity, is key for a successful cultural exchange. Since our approach is contemporary, we welcome artists from diverse disciplines (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, performance and time-based work, etc.) who are interested in creating work with elements, techniques or processes that are specific to Mexico and/or unique to Puebla or Oaxaca.
All proposals are welcome. Projects tying into Mexico’s Day of the Dead in the process of creating cutting-edge work with a nontraditional approach on traditional techniques will be given priority. Each residency is unique, based on the type of residency and the artist’s proposal. Residents are chosen on the basis of artistic merit and evaluation of the proposed project.
Some examples of techniques offered (but not limited to):
Drawing • Painting • Natural pigments (grana cochinilla and other pigments) • Paper (papel amate) • Photography • Printmaking • Graphic design • Mexican textiles (telar de cintura, embroidery, backstrap weaving) • Sculpture • Mexican ceramics (Talavera, loza vidriada) • Gold leaf and other Mexican colonial techniques • Wood carving • Alebrijes • Ephemeral (including food and other perishable materials) • Digital media • Design
ALL-INCLUDED IN ARQUETOPIA ARTIST RESIDENCIES
COMFORTABLE ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Puebla: Residents enjoy comfortably furnished bedrooms and use of Arquetopia’s residency space including wireless Internet, lounge with TV/DVD and games, kitchen, dining room, outdoor terrace, and private bathroom with modern fixtures, shower, and hydro-massage tub. Most meals, open access to the kitchen, and housekeeping are also included.
Oaxaca: Residents enjoy spacious, comfortably furnished bedrooms (rooms feature main level or loft accommodation) with full-size beds and use of Arquetopia Oaxaca’s well-equipped residency space including wireless Internet, kitchen, dining area, covered outdoor patio and terrace space, and private bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers. Most meals, open access to the kitchen, and housekeeping are also included.
STUDIO AND MATERIALS
Both Puebla and Oaxaca: Roomy indoor and outdoor art studio are provided with personal work space, large tables, tools, basic materials and supplies. In cases where a specific technique, space and/or materials are not available for a proposed project, our foundation will work with the artist and community on alternatives that will suit the work. Access to special facilities (such as the printmaking or ceramics studios) is also provided depending on the chosen technique.
Arquetopia is a nonprofit foundation for visual arts and music, run entirely by artists. Arquetopia’s programs promote development and social transformation through contemporary art with a non-traditional, culturally diverse and multidisciplinary approach. Arquetopia offers artist residency programs of the highest quality, making its staff available and creating a community among staff and resident artists. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds are diverse in all aspects. As part of Arquetopia’s mission is to promote diversity, artists from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East are especially encouraged to apply.
A large, unique three-story Mexican colonial-style house close to Puebla’s Historic District and Zócalo accommodates the offices, residency space for up to seven artists, and production spaces of Arquetopia.
Known as the “City of Angels,” Puebla is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies 136 km (84 mi) from Mexico City and has approximately 5,000 colonial buildings. Puebla is famous for a deep cultural identity, delicious cuisine, Talavera ceramics, and traditions rooted in the 16th-century Baroque and enriched by a blend of five pre-Hispanic/indigenous cultures, Arabic, Jewish, French and Spanish influences. Accessible via two international airports in Puebla (PBC) and Mexico City (MEX), Puebla lies 45 km (28 mi) east of the Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl volcanoes, giving the residents a magnificent view of their snow-topped peaks. At an elevation of 2200 m (7200 ft), Puebla features a temperate subtropical highland climate, resulting in an average of only three days a year seeing temperatures rise above 29°C (84°F).
Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guide book and digital media publisher, announced that Puebla made its Readers’ Choice Top 10 “Best in Travel” list for 2012. A recent New York Times article named Puebla as #13 of the “45 Places to Go in 2012,” and The San Francisco Chronicle recently named Puebla as one of the top five safest places in Mexico for travelers.
Arquetopia Oaxaca is located right in the heart of Oaxaca’s Historic Monuments Zone. Only two blocks from the popular Calle de Alcalá (a picturesque street known for its restaurants, museums, shops, and nightlife), our spectacular and newly renovated adobe casona, hosting up to ten artists at a time, is also two blocks from the extraordinary Santo Domingo church and museum.
The beautiful colonial city of Oaxaca is nestled in a valley in the Sierra Madre mountain range of Southern Mexico. Oaxaca is located 450 km (280 miles) southeast of Mexico City and reachable via three international airports: Oaxaca (OAX), Puebla (PBC), and Mexico City (MEX). Oaxaca boasts magnificent colonial architecture, the most outstanding example being Santo Domingo church and its former convent, now home to an impressive museum. The unusually colorful city and its surrounding areas also feature a high concentration of native Zapotec and Mixtec cultures and archaeological sites. Oaxaca was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 for its central Historic Monuments Zone and the archaeological site of Monte Alban. Getting around Oaxaca is easy and enjoyable; museums, studios, libraries and landmarks are all in walking distance. At an elevation of 1555 m (5100 ft), Oaxaca features a subtropical climate, resulting in mild-to-warm temperatures year-round.
Rich in history and culture, Oaxaca is a fascinating destination where you can appreciate ancient civilizations, colonial art and architecture and vibrant cultural traditions. Oaxaca is one of the safest Mexican tourist destinations you could choose.
• Selection decisions are based on artistic work. Candidates at all stages of their careers (emerging and established) must demonstrate a sense of potential.
• Our pool of applicants and residents is diverse in all aspects.
• Our residency programs are opportunities for artists to pursue their own work, free of pressure (especially work that in their particular circumstances would normally be difficult to produce).
• The creation of community among fellow artists and staff during the residency period is important.
RESIDENCY TIME PERIOD/TERM OFFERED
Term of 6 weeks (extendable), Monday, September 29 to Monday, November 10, 2014.
RESIDENCY PROGRAM FEE AND INCLUSIONS
Art or Design Production Residency
• Puebla: USD $495 per week. Oaxaca: USD $595 per week.
Special Residencies (extendable as Art Production Residencies)
• Ceramics – Puebla: USD $595 per week.
• Gold Leafing and Antique Art Techniques Instructional – Puebla: USD $595 per week (3 weeks).
• Mexican Textiles Instructional – Oaxaca: USD $695 per week (3 weeks).
• Natural Pigments Instructional – Oaxaca: USD $730 per week (3 weeks).
• Printmaking – Puebla: USD $595 per week.
Program fee includes accommodation; daily meals and open access to the kitchen; housekeeping; studio space; BASIC materials, supplies and tools; and access to special facilities (such as the ceramics or printmaking studio) depending on the technique.
Deposit of 10% of the Total Program Fee due within 14 days of selection notification.
Total Residency Program Fee due by 60 days prior to residency start date.
In contrast to vacation rentals and B&B’s marketing themselves part-time as quasi art residencies, both Arquetopia and Arquetopia Oaxaca have always been professional spaces exclusively for artists and include structured programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and project support. The residency program fee covers the costs of our facilities, a small staff, utilities, typical art materials and supplies, meals, and housekeeping. For the Special Instructional Residencies we offer, the instruction our residents receive from the master artists we contract –many of whom are local and indigenous artists from the poorest communities– is also funded directly from the residency program fee.
INITIATE YOUR APPLICATION
Application deadline Sunday, April 20, 2014.
Visit the Arquetopia website at www.arquetopia.org
for more information.
Complete and submit the Arquetopia Artist-in-Residence Online Application Form, following the instructions on the web page.
Following selection, applicants are notified immediately via e-mail.
Arquetopia is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our diverse local and international community. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds vary in all aspects. As part of Arquetopia’s mission is to promote diversity, Arquetopia actively fights discrimination by offering access to its programs, activities, and employment without regard to race, color, gender or gender expression, national origin, age, religion, creed, or sexual orientation.