Summer Residency – The Journeywomen (and -men)
In collaboration with the Art Institute, FHNW Academy of Art and Design Basel
Residents: Gil Pellaton and Cassidy Toner
Jul 29, 2017, 2-6pm
Opening Jul 28, 9pm
Panorama Boa Vista is pleased to announce a presentation of works by Gil Pellaton and Cassidy Toner, participants of a two month summer residency program, organised in collaboration with the Art Institute, FHNW Academy of Art and Design Basel.
The Journeywomen (and -men)
The history of residency programs is as long as the history of the artistic practice itself, since it is a notion that embodies the need of being with, being with the patrons, with other artist fellows, but also it names the need to stay and go again, the need of presence and communication. Ideas are as physical as the people that carry them in their minds and need to meet other ideas. They need as much of the formal frames to get shaped, to get strong as the informal days of laziness and nights of talk, and other things. But I would say that also the residencies are changing a lot, of at least, it is so for us, at the Art Institute in Basel. If in the 1990s, an enourmous wave of new residency initiatives proliferated, no longer confined to the western world but spread all over the globe: from Brazil to Taiwan, from Estonia to Cameroon, from Japan to Vietnam, now the circumstances are challenging for those residential art centres. They are as important as they were, but we are also searching for another type of residency, one that no longer relies in these established circuits, but in other artists sharing their studios, their homes, their friends, their mental and working spaces, their fears, even, their problems to pay the rents with us. Imagine: it is a little bit like the medical residencies. If you think of the studios of those artists you care for and trust as a hospital -just to stretch this image- the idea is to send some young artists where these practicing artists already gained and experience of the place, like sending young surgeons to work with experienced ones. But, we can also look at residencies as birds would, for example. If a studio is a nest, that means not only a “space”, but some marked matter which aim is to keep you warm, anchored, then it makes perfect sense to invite younger artists to those places, since this same temperature may help them to do their work while getting the place into them, like a positive contamination… In other words, presence is indispensable for making art.