Vyksa art residency – started in 2017 by 'OMK-Uchastie' foundation under the auspices of festival of urban culture Art-Ovrag – made a new open call for residents with the theme "Russian Field of Experiments" in November last year. Artists from both Russia and abroad were invited to apply for residency in the year 2019.
By the end of the open call, the organizers received 130 applications from 19 countries. Of these 108 applications were from Russian artists and the remaining 22 from artists representing the following countries: Australia, Azerbaijan, Belorussia, Germany, Denmark, Israel, Italy, Spain, Kazakhstan, Columbia, Malaysia, Peru, Poland, Turkey, Finland, France, Estonia and Japan.
Irina Sedykh, chairperson of the Council of Trustees of the charity foundation 'OMK-Uchastie' had this to say:
"It is a big victory for us that artists from all around the world have come to know about our residency and expressed their genuine interest in it over the course of past two years. Vyksa is turning into not just a new hotspot on the map of Russian culture, but also making its presence felt in the global art community. The selection process was not easy this year for, out of the large number of applicants that included many diverse approaches to realization of art projects, we had to choose only 10 that resonate most with our ideas. With each passing year, we hope that more and more artists from around the world will be inspired by our town and amazed by a new view of Russia."
According to the curator of the Vyksa art residency Alisa Bogdanaite:
" While announcing the theme of the open call 'Russian Field of Experiments' , we tried to allow for the possibility of a wide range of interpretations. Russian Field of Experiments in Vyksa is simultaneously a point of transition from the archaic to the industrial and a collision between the earthly and the cosmic. Apart from the wonderful themes of art projects, other distinguishing features of the selection for 2019 are the wide geographical region covered by it, international group of artists and diversity of artistic practices and techniques. We have all the sings of a daring and inspiring new season of the art residency. "
Vyksa art residency would like to thank all artists who took part in the open call for this year.
The final list of residents selected for the new season:
Evgeniy Dedov / Vienna
Ikuru Kuwajima / Moscow
Kirill Makarov / St. Petersburg
Evgeniya Panina / Moscow
Natalia Poniatowska / Warsaw
SASHAPASHA (Pavel Rotz, Alexandra Rotz) / Helsinki
Yura Shust / Berlin, Minsk
Scale 1: 100 (Alexandra Khokhlova, Dmitry Ruben) / Omsk
Tatiana Efrussi / Paris
The first resident of the new season will be Yura Schust. The duration of residency is 3-8 weeks during which artists conduct research, workshops and an exhibition featuring artworks created here. Selected works from residents can be included in the program of Art-Ovrag festival in 2019.
Vyksa art residency is open year around. The residency program is produced by '8 Lines' collective. During the past two years of its existence, more than 20 artists have been its residents, including Dmitry Morozov Vtol, George Ostretsov, Ustina Yakovleva, Dzhurai Florek, Ivan Gorshkov, Dmitry Bulnygin, Elena Kovylina and Victoria Begalskaya.
The curator of Vyksa art residency is art manager and cultural critic Alisa Bogdanaite. She heads the Zarya Center for Contemporary Art in Vladivostok, which holds an eponymous art residency since the end of the year 2014.
ABOUT THE ART RESIDENCY
Vyksa art residency is an annual residency founded in 2017 by 'OMK-Uchastie' foundation – organizers of Art-Ovrag, a festival of urban culture. Since then, more than 20 artists have been its residents, including Dmitry ::Vtol:: Morozov, George Ostretsov, Ustina Yakovleva, Dzhurai Florek, Ivan Gorshkov, Dmitry Bulnygin, Elena Kovylina and Victoria Begalskaya.
The residency aims to support contemporary artists without restrictions on age, genre or country. The artworks created by residents could be related to their research on the local context and interactions with society at Vyksa, or totally autonomous.
Artworks that are selected for the collection of the art residency are placed in the special collection of contemporary art OMK, created specially for this purpose, at the biggest museum of Vyksa. The collections of the museum are accessible to visitors and for displaying at the museum, and parts of the collections can be used for exhibitions at other locations in Vyksa or other cities.