ArtsLink International Fellowships: US Residency

2008 Participants

Russia
Barnaul
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A former ArtsLink grantee, The Fine Arts Work Center is one of the oldest artists’ colonies in the U.S. and has been providing residencies for U.S. and international artists and writers for over forty years. Mr. Biryukoff was integrated into the FAWC community of 20 writing and visual Fellows and attended several potluck dinners and special events. He was given a private work studio and completed a new series of 12 oil paintings that were exhibited at the FAWC gallery. He also collaborated with another FAWC Fellow on a performance piece which was presented during the opening of his exhibition.

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Croatia
Zagreb
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On the Boards (OtB), a former ArtsLink grantee presents over 40 shows and festivals each year and supports the development of artists and companies who are creating ground-breaking new work. Ms. Bodrožić met regularly with OtB staff and attended board and committee meetings. She was introduced to local and international artists and attended exhibitions and performances at OtB and other venues in the area. She also visited numerous local organizations including the Henry Art Gallery, 911 Media, Western Bridge and DX ARTS at Washington State University.

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, a former ArtsLink grantee, is dedicated to presenting artists’ projects on the leading edge of contemporary art. Ms. Bodrožić was integrated into PICA’s activities and assisted with preparation for a performance, exhibition opening and donor event. She participated in staff meetings and in a public salon for artists and community organizers. PICA also organized a short trip to Chicago for Ms. Bodrožić where she visited numerous arts organizations.

Poland
Lezajsk
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Since 1986, Headlands, a former ArtsLink grantee, has hosted over 600 international artists, providing an opportunity for investigation and exchange. Ms. Gorak was provided with a studio and access to a darkroom, wood shop, letter press, computers, video equipment and a reference library. She had opportunity to interact with other artists in residence and collaborated with several on a public performance, film and video. She also completed seven pastel drawings on paper, inspired by the scenic location of Headlands and participated in Artist Presentation Night at Headlands.

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Slovak Republic
Bratislava
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A former ArtsLink grantee, DiverseWorks is a multi-disciplinary art center that serves as an open venue for artists and a training ground for future arts administrators. Mr. Gregor worked with the DW programming and production staff and with guest curator Mary Ross Taylor during the design and installation of two multi-media exhibitions. He also met DW with marketing and development staff and assisted with a 25th anniversary archiving project and with selection of artists for a professional enhancement program. He had the opportunity to meet with representatives of Houston’s diverse arts organizations including The Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, Project Row Houses, and the Contemporary Arts Museum.

Serbia
Belgrade
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18th Street Arts Center supports the creation of cutting-edge contemporary art and fosters collaboration and interaction between artists and arts organizations. Its International Program is a worldwide leader in artist exchange programs and has hosted artists from two dozen countries. 18th Street center introduced Mr. Kaludjerović to contacts at local museums and galleries including the Hammer Museum, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, LAxArt and Peres Project, as well independent artists, videographers and scholars. He was able to develop professional relationships with other visiting international artists and make contacts for potential projects in the future.

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Romania
Bistrita
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Austin Film Society promotes film appreciation and creative filmmaking with screenings, grants and support to filmmakers, classes for children and adults and a 100,000-square-foot film production facility, Mr. Lupse was immersed in AFS programming and attended numerous screenings at AFS and at the Austin Film Festival. He wrote an article for the award-winning AFS journal, Persistence of Vision and presented his work to the Austin film community. Working in collaboration with AFS Director of Education, Lupse held filmmaking workshops at a local disadvantaged school and created a short film using students as actors and as camera assistants. He also developed a new script through a screenwriting workshop and produced his film working with Texas filmmakers and actors and AFS interns.

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Germany
Munchen
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A former ArtsLink grantee, SPACES is an artist-run gallery that provides artists with the freedom to experiment with new processes and ideas. Mr. Papcún met with numerous artists, architects, professionals from major museums and universities as well as engineers, urban designers and councilmen. He gave presentations of his work at SPACES, the Czechoslovak Society for Arts and Sciences, and Miami and Kent State Universities, and prepared a new sculptural work that was exhibited at SPACES and a site-specific installation at an empty house and lot in Slavic Village, Cleveland. He also developed ideas for other projects and installations reflecting his experience in Cleveland.

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Italy
Milano
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The Arizona State University Art Museum serves a diverse community of artists and audiences through innovative programming that is both interdisciplinary and educational. Ms. Rubiku was introduced to numerous faculty and students at ASU as well as local artists and architects and individuals from Taliesin, Future Arts Research, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and others. She worked with a graduate faculty member on a series of prints and, in collaboration with ASU students and members of the community, she created a new project, based on her impressions of Arizona, during daily workshops in the ASU Art Museum Americas Gallery. She also gave a public presentation of her work at ASU and exhibited a video installation at Taliesin West’s main theater space.

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Slovenia
Ljubljana
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Rochester Institute of Technology is consistently rated as one of the top universities for digital and stop motion animation. Mr. Saksida attended classes at RIT and exchanged ideas, approaches and skills with students and faculty there. He presented two screenings of his animated works at RIT and gave a demonstration of silicone casting techniques to students. In addition, he toured the George Eastman House and commercial and independent stop-motion studios in Toronto, Ontario, Boston and New York City. He was also able to visit major museums in these cities.

Kyrgyzstan
Bishkek
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Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a former ArtsLink grantee, is a wide-reaching organization that serves as arts advocate, presenter, re-granter and arts service provider. Ms. Salieva met regularly with LMCC staff and was involved in the working process of the organization. LMCC organized over 40 meetings for her with arts and academic professionals from the Drawing Center, the Folk Art Museum, Bard College, the School of Visual Arts, Governor’s Island Open Studios, the Sculpture Center and many other organizations. She gave an interview on contemporary cultural issues in Central Asia which was broadcast on WPS1’s Art Radio show.

Kazakhstan
Rudny, Kostanay Region
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Oksana Shatalova and fellow artist Georgy Mamedov, co-Artistic Directors of the School of Theory and Activism in Bishkek (STAB), Kyrgyzstan met with local activists and artists. Their exhibition based on the Kollontai Commune in Frunze in the 1970s opened at the Luda Gallery on January 27th, 2015.   The exhibition makes a historical intervention with the archive of the Kollontai Commune, a queer communist collective associated with the architecture school in Frunze (now Bishkek) in the 1970s, radically revising concepts of the political and gender dissident in the late Soviet Union.  They also participated in a discussion about the exhibition and art activism with local activists and sociologists at the Luda Gallery on January 30 that same year.

Georgia
Tbilisi
Media

The second largest university library in the United States, Yale University Library has 8.8 million volumes in its collection. Ms. Simonishvili met with staff from many library divisions including the Beinecke, Arts, Medical and Social Sciences libraries and departments including preservation, economic growth, public relations and catalog and metadata services. She gave a presentation on Georgian cultural heritage and, working with the curator of the Slavic, East European and Central Asian Collection, she assessed Georgian resources in the Library collection and identified a number of Georgia books, journal articles and films which will be considered for acquisition. She also attended a conference at the New York Public Library and visited the Library of Congress, the Connecticut State Library, the Tantaquidgeon Indian Museum and other area libraries and museums.

Serbia
Belgrade
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Slought Foundation offers a program of exhibitions, lectures, symposia and publications, with an emphasis on art, geopolitics, critical theory and interdisciplinary programming. Mr. Stamenkovic worked with Slought staff on an upcoming publication in collaboration with the Neue Galerie, Graz. He was integrated into organizational planning sessions and was introduced to Philadelphia-area artists, curators and arts organizations. He also had the opportunity to travel to New Orleans to view Prospect 1.

Russia
Nizhniy Novgorod
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Northwest Film Forum promotes film exhibition and production with two cinemas, film production and post-production facilities, educational workshop space and, a film vault with over 1,000 titles. Ms. Tatosiyan spent time with NWFF staff, learning about the organization’s operations and artistic direction and presented a screening of contemporary Russian video there. She also met with independent filmmakers and professionals from numerous Seattle arts organizations including the Henry Art Museum, On the Boards, 911 Media and the Seattle Architectural Foundation. She participated as an actress and production assistant in the shooting of an independent film and researched contemporary Seattle films for inclusion in a screening in Russia.

Moldova
Chisinau
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Vladimir Us is an artist and curator based in Chisinau, Moldova and a founding member of the Oberliht Young Artists Association. He studied art, curating, cultural management and cultural policy in Chisinau, Grenoble and Belgrade. His work examines the processes involved in the transformation of public space in post-Soviet cities along with the need for creating an alternative network of public spaces in Chisinau.

Vladimir Us planned to insert himself into a local context in Bishkek and proposed holding an open workshop for the wider public and participants in the ArtEast School. The residency included a series of meetings with cultural and civic figures, artists, architects, urban planners and green movement representatives, film screenings and presentations, public actions and events in the city.

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Austria
Vienna
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Ventzislavova, working in the fields of film/video, photography, installation art, and new media, deals with issues of identity, migration and tourism, the marginalization of individuals and social groups and the adjustment of national borders. She has studied in Vienna, Rome and London and has shown her work in festivals and exhibitions throughout Europe and Russia. She hoped to further her examination of cultural diversity and migration by meeting with American artists and curators and participating in discussions and workshops during her residency.

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