Bosco Chiesanuova (Verona)
What is Lessinia?
Artist Residency 2020
Salvatore Vitale, visual artist, editor and co-founder of YET magazine, will be the curator of the third edition of the artistic residence. The curator, together with SÅM staff, will select 2 artists who will be invited to work on the Lessinia territory.
The selected artists will have 1 month available, from May 1st to May 31st, in order to produce a body of work, which will be shown at the end of August as part of the 26th edition of the Lessinia Film Festival as well as at Fonderia 20.9 during Spring 2021.
The selected artists are committed to ensuring their presence for at least 80% of the planned period and to ensure the production of a body of work within the time set for the residence.
The programme consists of:
1. Artistic residence from Friday 1 May to Sunday 31 May 2020
There will be a series of events involving experts in various fields such as geology, history, nature and locals that can help in the individuation of the final theme of the projects. Site-specific field trips will be organised for the artists that will request them.The selected artists will have to work autonomously, in order to interact with the local people and with the territory on a chosen theme that concerns Lessinia.
The artists will be provided with:
- a bibliography related to various themes regarding Lessinia
- Free access to the public library
- Archival material
- A set of studio light with backdrop
- A4 printer
- fine-art printing studio for the test prints (upon request)
- A black and white darkroom (upon request)
Contacts via e-mail and skype-call will be provided even outside the period of residence to keep the curator and staff updated on the progress of the work produced.
Editing and Planning of the Final Exhibition.
At the end of the production phase, the works will be reviewed together with the curator and the final installation will be planned.
2. Final exhibition – from Friday 21th to Sunday 23th August 2020
The exhibition will take place in the Centro Culturale of Bosco Chiesanuova during the Lessinia Film Festival Opening Weekend.
Moreover, the participating artists will have the chance to hold a presentation open to the public during which they can talk about their working process and the project they carried out on Lessinia.
Practical aspects and expenses
The selected artists will be provided with an apartment in the centre of Bosco Chiesanuova constituted of – two bedroom with single beds, bathroom, living room/kitchen. Moreover, they will have access to a studio space situated in the Centro Culturale of Bosco Chiesanuova with all the material need (the studio is located two minutes walking distance from the apartment).
The residency will cover the following expenses
– food expenses (in the apartment)
– transport from Verona to Bosco Chiesanuova
– test prints (during the residency)
– production for the final exhibition
– stationary material needed
The residency will not cover the following expenses
– trip to Verona
– technical material such as computer, camera equipment,..
When the apartment keys will handed out to the artists each one will have to fill in a release form and
pay a deposit of 100 euros that will be returned at the end of the stay.
Due to the timeframe and logistics, the organisation suggests the use of either digital equipment or
black and white analogue cameras (only black and white darkroom available).
Artworks and Final Exhibition
How to apply
- filled-in form
- CV and biography
- proposal project for the residency program (3000 characters max, either in Italian or in English)
- Artist statement (3000 characters max, either in Italian or in English)
- Portfolio (PDF format, 25 Mb max, the portfolio should consist of one project or up to 20 images)
- Video Submissions. Artists that work with video have to provide a direct link.
to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following email object “SÅM2020” by 31st January 2020 at the latest.
The presence of the artists is mandatory on the first week of May and during the opening weekend of the final exhibition at the Film Festival of Lessinia in August.
As concern the rest of the program the presence is requested for at least the 80% of the time.
Applications will be evaluated according to the quality, effectiveness and feasibility of the proposal sent. The level of relation with the territory of the proposed theme will also be taken into account.
Acceptance of the Regulations
Participation in the call implies acceptance of all the aspects described in this document. Each participant declares to have read this document in its entirety and to agree to all its points.
Vitale’s long-term projects focus on personal and social development, modern societies and power structures, visual politics and technological development. In his multi-layered artistic practice and research, he makes use of different media and multiple levels of visual narratives.
His work has been shown in museums and at photo festivals including the Swiss Foundation for Photography Winterthur, the Photoforum Pasquart Biel/Bienne, FOAM Photography Museum Amsterdam, MOCAK – Museum of Contemporary Art Krakow, FOTODOK Utrecht, Hamburg Triennale of Photography, T3 Photo Festival Tokyo, Jaipur International Photography Festival. Notably, his participation at «Follow_Me» exhibition in OCAT Shanghai and Shenzhen, and at Lianzhou Foto Festival both are supported by Pro Helvetia Shanghai.
Vitale is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of YET magazine, a Swiss-based international photography magazine that focuses on the evolution of photography practice within the contemporary art field.
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