Arquetopia Oaxaca – Oaxaca, Southern Mexico
Natural Pigments Instructional Artist Residency
Winter/Spring Sessions (January through April) 2017
Apply Now through Wednesday, November 30, 2016
For a limited time, we are now welcoming applications for Winter/Spring (January through April) 2017. With master instruction, learn to create and use a variety of Natural Pigments in the peaceful countryside of Oaxaca, southern Mexico. Extendable 3-week sessions.
Spaces are limited. Our committee processes all residency applications when they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.
Note: The focus of this instructional residency is fiber dyeing; the curriculum is not applicable to making inks or paints. For non- fiber-related instruction that includes traditional organic primers (cactus and lime, rabbit glue, gelatin) stuccos, egg temperas and frescoes with mineral and natural pigments, as well as principles of Viceregal painting techniques, we offer the Novohispanic Arts Instructional Residency: Painting in Puebla.
NATURAL PIGMENTS INSTRUCTIONAL ARTIST RESIDENCY
Color is imbued with symbolism and meaning, it has currency, both emotional and monetary. In Mexico, color is also associated with political power, and it has a complex history that is often intertwined with slavery and exploitation, trade, piracy and therefore also war and international politics. The historical documentation of the use of color and its intricate means of production indicates its elevated value in Mesoamerica. After the Spanish Conquest, it became one of the foundations of the Spanish wealth coming from the New World. Cochineal (a small domesticated insect that produces one of the worlds most vibrant red dye) for instance was such an important product for international trade that it would reach not only European markets, but also the Near East, Africa and China; and añil (indigo) dye became a commercial force throughout the 17th century, as Europeans had no other way of obtaining deep blue dye.
Dyeing is a difficult process at best, somewhere between cooking and chemistry but perhaps closer to alchemy. Although historically, color experimentation began with plants and minerals, a bright red found in nature might not necessarily produce a bright red dye; it might produce a yellow or brown one. And to make the processes more complex, one process of dyeing might produce one set of color while another process will produce a different color, for instance through the use of different mordents. Therefore, sources for the dyes as well as established recipes, have been jealously guarded buy guilds and individual dyers alike.
This a production residency that includes 3 weeks of master instruction (27 hours total; 9 hours per week) in diverse techniques from Oaxaca which vary depending on the supporting fiber; the options are wool, silk, and paper. Residents learn preparations and traditional recipes to prepare and use natural dyes, mordents, and fixatives.
The program includes hands-on instruction with cochineal, añil, and pericon, as well as a few tree barks and fruit skins to complete the color spectrum. This residency is comprehensive program to learn the natural dyes tradition of Oaxaca including resources for a better understanding of the complex culture of Mexico and the history of our colors.
OUR ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMS
Our Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, journalists, writers, and cultural researchers age 25 and over. Our programs are based on a non-exploitative model promoting social consciousness. Residents are strongly encouraged to explore various ways of cultural exchange as part of their artistic and/or research goals and to actively engage in critical discussions as part of their residency experience. Understanding Mexico’s context, and specifically Puebla and Oaxaca’s cultural complexity, is key for a successful cultural exchange. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who are interested in creating work or inspired by art, elements, techniques or processes specific to Mexico and/or unique to Puebla or Oaxaca.
Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique residency programs with substantial content. In contrast to various property rental schemes, tourist resorts, B&B’s, and sublets elsewhere, our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include structured, informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and individualized project support.
- Selection decisions are based on artistic work and proposed project. Candidates at all stages of their careers (emerging and established) must demonstrate a clear sense of potential.
- Our pool of applicants and residents is diverse in all aspects.
- Our residency programs are competitive opportunities for artists and researchers to pursue their own work, free of pressure (especially work that in their particular circumstances would normally be difficult to produce).
- Selection priority is given to projects that explore a responsible connection between the applicant’s artistic practice and the cultural context of Mexico, of Puebla, or of Oaxaca. The connection can be as broad as an artistic technique or as specific as a local theme.
- The creation of community with fellow residents and staff during the residency period is important.
Founded in 2009, Arquetopia is an international award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation for visual arts, music, literature, and research. Run entirely by artists, Arquetopia’s programs promote development and social transformation through contemporary art with a nontraditional, culturally diverse and multidisciplinary approach. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds are diverse in all aspects.
In contributing to more focused environmental consciousness and renewing our commitment to sustainability and nature, we honor Oaxaca’s traditions by incorporating into our residency a deeper comprehension of how art and the surrounding ecosystem coexist harmonically. Arquetopia’s residency spaces continue to be open for dialogue, exchanges, and encounters while emphasizing our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, reusing materials, and recycling waste.
In this countryside space, the intersection of art and nature set the tone for reflection, research and production. We welcome writers who are interested in seeking a deeper connection with the community, nature, and the environment. Artists are also encouraged to participate in diverse activities such as field trips, cycling, and hiking.
Our residents enjoy a safe and peaceful environment surrounded by the mountains of San Pablo, a nature reserve of 7,500 acres with rich biodiversity. The residency center is located in the countryside village of San Pablo Etla, only 20 minutes away from the center of the city of Oaxaca on the south side; and to the north, it is only 20 minutes away from the Centro de las Artes San Agustín, an early 20th-century textile mill transformed into a spectacular arts center. Though cheap, everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity into the city, Arquetopia provides scheduled transportation into downtown Oaxaca twice per week by van.
OAXACA, SOUTHERN MEXICO
The colonial city of Oaxaca is nestled in a valley in the Sierra Madre mountain range of southern Mexico. Oaxaca is located 450 km (280 mi) southeast of Mexico City and is reachable via three international airports: Oaxaca (OAX), Puebla (PBC), and Mexico City (MEX). With a population of 265,000, Oaxaca boasts magnificent colonial architecture, the most outstanding example being Santo Domingo church and its former convent, now home to an impressive anthropology museum. The 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 district 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 1,555 m (5,100 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.
WHAT THIS RESIDENCY INCLUDES
- 27 hours master instruction (9 hours per week)
- Each resident meets weekly with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critiques
- Our residencies are process-based; residents are not expected to give talks, exhibitions, or workshops
Accommodation, Meals, and Local Transportation:
- Furnished, private bedroom
- Meals and 24-hour access to the kitchen and dining room
- Wireless Internet
- Private bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
- Though cheap, everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity into the city, Arquetopia provides scheduled transportation into downtown Oaxaca twice per week by van
Studio Workspace and Materials:
- Individual live/work space with natural light provided with table or desk
- 24-hour access to larger, shared studio with generous natural light
- Personal workspace with large table
- Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
- Materials and supplies for additional project production not included but available for purchase locally
RESIDENCY FEE, DATES, AND TERMS
Term Length: 3 weeks during Winter/Spring 2017, with option to extend for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency. Applicants nominate their own range of dates.
Fee: USD $730 per week. Optional Art Production Residency extension USD $595 per week.
Payment Deadlines: Option 1: Deposit of 20% of Residency Fee due within 2 weeks of selection. Balance of Residency Fee due by 60 days prior to residency start date. Option 2: Deposit of 10% of Residency Fee due within 2 weeks of selection. Balance of Residency Fee due by 90 days prior to residency start date.
HOW TO APPLY
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 and activities without regard to race, color, gender or gender expression, national origin, age, religion, creed, or sexual orientation.
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