RESEARCH RESIDENCY / RIO (BRAZIL)
Diagonale proposes a research residency at DESPINA RESIDENCY art center (Rio de Janeiro).
This initiative to support contemporary art creation is adressing professional artists living in Quebec. It is part of the mandate of Diagonale whose purpose is to promote international mobility of artists who use fiber -both in terms of material or concept- within one or more projects. During this residency, the artist is hosted in DESPINA RESIDENCY for a month-long period during which he can develop his research project. It also benefits from the support and expertise of the team present on the site as well as individual meeting with curator.
At the term of his residency, the artist hosts a public conference at DESPINA RESIDENCY and at Diagonale to present his research.
The place of residence :
DESPINA RESIDENCY is a contemporary art center located in Rio de Janeiro. It consists in workshops and a gallery space. The center also proposes a residency program.
► Call for submissions 2017: CLOSED
In the context of our international residency, Diagonale offer Lorna Bauer a month research residency at the bresilian art space DESPINA RESIDENCY.
THE RESEARCH PROJECT
Lorna Bauer is interested in researching and photographing the urban landscape of Rio and how this landscape intersects with the lush natural environment – including its famous rainforests and ecosystem. In particular she would like her research to focus on one of the most prominent landscape architects of Brazil, Roberto Burle Marx and his contemporaries. His philosophy closely aligns with that of Arthur Erickson and Cornelia Oberlander who have been the subjects of her past work. All of these visionaries used native plants and local natural materials, a continuity between built and natural spaces, a mindfulness of how one moves through space and an interest in reflection and reflective materials. In keeping with these past projects she wishes to examine subjects related to urban development and urban renewal, and ultimately ask questions around what we choose to build or destroy in our local environment (both natural and artificial) and how this might reflect our collective ideological and (unconscious) positions and ideas.
Lorna Bauer work mainly in photography, installation and most recently, glass and bronze. Her formal language and use of materials alludes to ideas developed through city planning, and urban theory. Her work focuses on specific examples of architecture, urban planning and psycho-geography within the 20th Century. Projects are generally characterized as site related, leading to a final result that has responded to a specific place and context. Interests are wide and range from topics such as the Paris city plan, in particular the arcades and the underground mushroom cultivation in the Parisian catacombs, Haussmannization, North American west coast utopian gardens from the nineteen sixties to Walter Benjamin’s letters to his lover, describing the Island of Ibiza, while in exile. All of her projects deal with spaces and how they shape individual perceptions and the correlation between the natural and the built environment.
Bauer was born in Toronto and lives and works in Montreal. She has recently presented her work at The Loon, Toronto; CK2 Gallery, New York; The Darling Foundry, Montreal; Model Projects, Vancouver; the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal among other places. Bauer has participated in numerous national and international residencies, including stays at The Couvent des Récollets, Paris; Quebec-New York Residency funded through the Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec; The Banff Centre, Alberta and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida; working with the artist Josiah McElheny. She operates the artist project space L’escalier (together with Jon Knowles and Vincent Bonin) in Montréal.
In the context of our international residency, Diagonale offered Romeo Gongora a month research residency at the bresilian art space DESPINA RESIDENCY.
Romeo Gongora considers himself a researcher, his purpose is not an art object, but a research project that materializes in a transdisciplinary form (installations, performance, collaboration, meeting, writing, etc..). This emphasis on the process/experience rather than the final product. His work use dialogue, empathy and trust as a production strategy. This procedure usually involves a period of research in which he collaborates closely with different communities. The result is a collaborative work that employs performative elements and radical pedagogy to promote socio-political and human awareness.
Romeo Gongora is a Canadian-Guatemalan visual artist. He collaborated, amongst others, with the Kin Art Studio (RDC), Centre Makan (Jordan), Platform Garanti (Turkey), Rencontres de Bamako (Mali), Center for Contemporary Art - Lagos (Nigeria), Centre of Art Torun (Poland), Festival Belluard (Switzerland), HISK (Belgium), The Office (Berlin) and Open School East (London). In 2007, he tooks up a two-year residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Amsterdam). In 2009, he represented Canada as an artist in residence at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin) and at the Acme Studios (London) in 2016.
ARTIST TALK / ROMEO GONGORA
December 8, 6 pm
Back from residency, Romeo Gongora present his research and residency experience at Rio in a public talk.
In the context of our international residency, Diagonale offered Karen Kraven a month research residency at the bresilian art space DESPINA RESIDENCY.
Karen Kraven’s works set up unexpected encounters between sculptures and images, uncanny resemblances and misleading juxtapositions. Like a stage or film set that’s been frozen in time, these spaces confound and delight through the practiced strategies of a con artist. Kraven exploits the illusion and attraction found in such pursuits as sports, hunting, fishing and playing card games. These motifs take the guise of everyday items, handmade surrogates and decoys. Shifting and mutating, they collapse upon one another, mesmerizing us as they reappear enlarged, divided and flattened.
Kraven holds an MFA from Concordia University (Montreal) where she was the recipient of the Dale & Nick Tedeschi Fellowship. Recent solo exhibitions include Flip Flop, Front Punch at Mercer Union (Toronto), Razzle Dazzle Sis Boom Bah at the Darling Foundry (Montreal), A Mucker and a Grinder at Parisian Laundry and As Above, So Below at Centre Clark (Montreal). Her work has also been shown at Centre Dare-Dare (Montreal), Leonard & Ellen Bina Gallery (Montreal) and Blackwood Gallery (University of Toronto Mississauga). She has participated in artist’s residencies at The Banff Centre and with Reverse Pedagogy (Venice). From 2013-2016, she will have a Montreal Artist's Creation Studio at the Darling Foundry (Montreal).
PUBLIC TALK / KAREN KRAVEN
December 15, 6 pm
Back from residency, Karen Kraven present her research and residency experience at Rio in a public talk.
The residency is support by Le Conseil des Arts de Montréal