ArtsLink
International
Fellowships:
US Residencies

Six-week virtual residencies with leading US cultural institutions for international artists, curators, and arts leaders from eligible countries

The ArtsLink International Fellowships program supports pioneering artists, curators, and arts leaders from our network countries in developing community engaged practices in the US and at home. The multi-year Fellowship begins with a virtual six-week research residency hosted by leading arts organizations in the US, including Puerto Rico, and supports the resulting collaborative projects in the US and the artists’ home countries. This unique 3-year approach fosters a long-term dialogue between artists and citizens across nations vital to the building of a global civil, compassionate and equitable society.

Application deadline: November 30 for residency the following year
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Poland
Krakow
Music

Kosciuszko ArtsLink Fellow, musician, performer and folk tale narrator Yoanna Ayers collects and performs stories and songs of the peoples of Poland and the Caucasus. Her practice investigates how working with the human voice can contribute to the well-being of communities. Immersing into the connection between voice, body and emotions, Yoanna addresses post-trauma issues with an emphasis on women who have experienced war. She employs voice healing techniques, body movement and imagination as vehicles to overcome traumas in the world’s conflict zones.

Having spent a significant amount of time in the Republic of Georgia, Yoanna has collected stories by women of different ethnicities who went through one of the most brutal ethnic and civil wars inherited from the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early ‘90s. Those stories were presented in Yoanna’s solo performance which toured around small communities in southern Poland promoting respect for otherness and crushing the growing stereotypes about different social models, cultures, and faiths. For her Fellowship in this post-pandemic era, Yoanna wants to further explore voice-healing methodologies and their connection to body and emotions. She is interested in working with women in cultural minorities and underprivileged groups. 

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Palestine
Multidisciplinary

Live performance and culinary artist Mirna Bamieh is the creator and director of the Palestine Hosting Society. This live art project explores traditional food cultures in Palestine especially those on the verge of disappearing. It brings vanishing dishes back to life over dinner tables, walks, and various interventions. Food has always been a representation of time and power. It creates a significantly different atmosphere for encounters. Sharing food puts on the table aspects of hospitality, distribution, exchange, familiarity and pleasure. A shared meal can become a space of reflection on socio-political realities, attitudes, fashions, and even the suppressed elements of history. Mirna also works with pottery using natural materials, tribal designs and early ceramic techniques that disappeared from most of the Mediterranean region and the Iberian Peninsula in the 17th century. During her residency in the US, Mirna will research food practices and revival of fermentation techniques for food preservation. She is keen to meet artists that employ social and community practices to raise awareness of the pantry space. She is also interested to learn more about ceramics and pottery traditions of North America.

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Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek
Multidisciplinary

Urban environmentalist and labor rights activist Bermet Borubaeva uses trash as a medium in her work. Bermet is interested in the intersection of arts, climate science, and environmental inequality. Her practice is dedicated to the global problem of food waste and growing ecological disruptions caused by excessive urbanization.

Bermet draws our attention to industrial overproduction of processed food and the carelessness with which humans waste almost half of these products rather than bake their own bread or cook dinners. Global food mass production contributes to the destruction of the planet’s ecological systems, causing massive deforestation, the pollution of oceans and scarcity of freshwater. Her work on environmental inequality helps us understand that the developed world’s privileged indulgence in haute cuisine leads to the production of food waste on an enormous scale. At the same time, the food insecurity for hundreds of millions in developing countries is rapidly increasing due to the inequities brought into stark focus by the COVID-19 pandemic. The artist’s most recent intervention highlighted this issue when she lived exclusively on leftover food while working as a cook in a café.

During her residency in the US, Bermet intends to study ecological politics, environmental inequality, and climate disruption caused by food overproduction and excessive urbanization.

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Montenegro
Rozaje
Multimedia

Visual artist, storyteller and performer, Dante Buu’s inspiration comes from a deeply intimate space and is bound to feelings, dreams and experiences of encounters with other people and their stories, coping mechanisms and resistance. Creating in the field of visual, discursive and socially engaged art, Dante’s artistic practice is a vehicle for resistance against marginalization and invisibility of individuals and minority groups, as well as for the preservation of a specific craft. Rooted in Sandžak, the region now divided by the borders between Serbia and Montenegro, this craft is presented as a medium in Dante’s works.

In his performance work ‘All My Best Deaths’, Dante conducted interviews with people from different backgrounds collecting stories that deal with a version of ‘social death’. Forming the core of the project, these narratives are written in the form of short stories and are told during the performance while the artist is weaving found threads and stories into an embroidery. His residency in the US will enable Dante to initiate artistic and intellectual exchanges based on an interdisciplinary approach towards the topics of isolation, rejection, untold stories, and personal and intimate experiences of the LGBTQ community.

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Uzbekistan
Tashkent
Multidisciplinary

Musician, poet and performing artist Ashot Danielyan advocates art as an instrument for social change, a new and unfamiliar concept in Uzbekistan. The repressive political regime in Uzbekistan over the past three decades has resulted in isolation in artistic and social life leading to severe stasis. The dominance of the academic art school inherited from the Soviet past ensures that the local art community follows conformist self-censorship and aggressively rejects new ideas or socially engaged art practices.

Ashot’s project A Man With The Stool addresses many of these issues through performance, poetry, music, photography and video. Having introduced the project in the major cities of Uzbekistan, Ashot is planning to tour it around Central Asian republics to build cultural bridges among these disconnected nations.

His residency in the US will enable Ashot to meet professional and civic communities, and to explore cross-cultural experiences and socially engaged art practices which emerge from poetry, alternative music and theater. He is keen to introduce the US public to Central Asian modern poetry and his unique approach through his lecture-performance series and visual artwork.

Ukraine
Muzychi
Multidisciplinary

Embracing ideas of consumption, gender, love, power, protest culture, experience of war, plants and dogs, Alevtyna Kakhidze is co-founder of a residency program for international artists in the village of Muzychi, The Muzychi Expanded History Project. Having grown up in the coal mining Donetsk region of Ukraine, she has experienced the country’s abrupt and chaotic changes from the days of the USSR to the post-Soviet imbalanced environment, including the current undeclared war between Russia and Ukraine.

To raise awareness of climate change and more sustainable living in the era of global shifts in society, especially in post-pandemic times, she has initiated the laboratory Adult Garden to observe coexistence and the dynamics of plants freed from the gardener’s intervention.

During her residency in the US, Alevtyna intends to explore the connection between bioscience and the arts and the sustainability of artists. She is interested in botanical gardens and national parks as well as bio-art projects and events.

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Georgia
Tbilisi
Multimedia

Artist and activist Mikheil Sulakauri’s practice focuses on engaging deep dialogues with local communities. Central issues in his work are unregulated gentrification, the connection between art and religion, abandoned spaces and their owners, and governmental indifference to environmental protection. His most recent project, Arcadia Archeological Museum, reflected on the historic neighborhood Arcadia in Odessa, Ukraine where the authorities allowed developers to destroy one of the unique green zones in this legendary city by the Black Sea.

His concerns with cross-border experiences took Mikheil to Ossetia, the disputed territory in the South Caucasus recognized by most countries as part of Georgia, yet currently occupied by Russia. His work there sought to build bridges between the local community and the land. Finding a unique house about to be demolished, a local poet wrote a poem dedicated to this old work of architecture. I promise you… an old dream will come again – this line from the poem was written as a mural on the house’s wall.

During his residency, Mikheil is keen to explore the connection between urban development and indigenous communities as well as the cross-border issues in the US.

Slovenia
Krsko
Music

Musician, singer and songwriter, Katja Šulc explores indigenous poetry and endangered languages and cultures. Setting poetry and prose to music, Katja’s work embraces folk, world music, dub, electronic and ambient music. Her latest album KAMLISAJLAN is based on Rromani poetry from the Balkans and Eastern Europe. The poems by the Rroma, accompanied by the music composed in collaboration with a Mexican musician, are performed using live-looping, minimal melodies and chord changes enveloped in repetitive rhythm patterns from around the world.

Katja strongly believes that indigenous cultures should receive more attention and respect. She would like to dedicate her residency in the US to a deep dialogue with Native American artists and communities, to explore the historical, philosophical, spiritual, political and aesthetic contexts of indigenous cultural practices.

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Estonia
Tallinn
Multidisciplinary

Curator and residency director Ann Mirjam Vaikla works at the intersection of art practice and arts management. With a background in the performing arts, Ann’s work included scenography and directing. She is the director of the Narva Art Residency (NART), a unique cultural platform facilitating residencies, art exhibitions, talks and educational workshops in Narva on the Estonian-Russian border. The residency’s goal is to generate creative exchange between practitioners and to strengthen links with the local community. The Narva Urban Lab produces symposiums, educational workshops, exhibitions, community activities and concert programs dealing with post-industrial heritage, multicultural communities, border city specifics and shrinking populations.

While in the US, Ann is keen to explore art residency programs. She is curious to meet artists and art institutions actively working with community engagement and to investigate creative ways of bringing together art practices, institutions and local communities.

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Egypt
Alexandria
Theater

Cultural manager, researcher, consultant and theater performer, Iman Zaki co-founded Reflection for Arts, a training and development organization in Alexandria, Egypt in 2007. The organization provides space and support for visual and performing artists and promotes the role of the arts in community development. Her work experience ranges from cultural management and facilitation to curating and producing work that investigates oppression, sexual harassment and domestic violence among many other social issues, with a focus on personal transformation and the use of theater and other art practices as tools for social change.

Deeply concerned by governmental censorship, a lack of adequate funding and the rejection of contemporary methodologies in local academic art schools, Iman has recently opened a school for emerging artists. During her residency in the US, Iman is keen to immerse in the work of performing arts organizations, particularly management and administration, development and fundraising strategies as well as new approaches to pedagogy and production. Website>>

Eligible Countries

Applicants must be citizens of one of the following countries:

Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Palestine, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan