This initiative arises from a cultural cooperation between the Cultural Center of Spain in Costa Rica – Casa Caníbal, the network of ArthouseSpain centers, formed by Museo C.A.V. La Neomudéjar, Kárstica Espacio de Creación and Zapadores Ciudad del arte, in Spain; together with partners Building Bridges Art Exchange in Los Angeles (USA), Plataforma Caníbal in Barranquilla (Colombia) and Women in the Visual Arts (MAV). These organizations are all united under an international cooperation agreement for the exchange of artistic residencies that provide emergency economic relief for creators.
In these times of isolation due to COVID-19, together we decided to propose a public call to finance artistic self-isolation residencies and to provide economic resources to the cultural scene of all the countries where we are present, in this time of uncertainty so that creativity continues to generate development models.
The Artistic Residencies program seeks to promote a meeting between cultural agents from each participating country with other international ones; emphasizing the importance of experimentation and research as ways to promote and streamline creative processes.
The purpose of the call is to reinvent the concept of residencies, to adapt them to the current circumstances and prevent paralyzing art practices and our spaces/museums/cultural centers. The production of artists does not stop because cultural spaces are closed, and it is our obligation to support the cultural scene and its needs in these times of lockdown.
We believe it is important to shift the focus from COVID-19 issues and foster all creators, without whom art and culture would not exist.
For this we have launched a call for emergency cooperative artistic residencies during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that, on one hand, it will help artists financially, and, on the other hand, offer a traveling exhibition that will tour each of the spaces and countries that have participated in this project once lockdown is over.