Application Deadline: 15 March 2018
Five national and international artists, will be selected and invited to create new bodies of work on the territory surrounding the lake of Varese alongside the editor Tommaso Parrillo (Witty Kiwi) and curator Benedetta Casagrande (Ardesia). The selected artists will be accommodated in Cascina Ronco (Daverio, VA), a farmhouse in the woods surrounding the lake, where they will be provided with the adequate materials to develop their projects. The residency will result in an exhibition at Jest and in a small editorial publication.
The three-weeks residency period will be divided in two phases; production phase and finalizing phase. During the production phase (23 May-11 June) the artists will be hosted in Cascina Ronco, where they will be provided with the materials needed to develop a new (or ongoing) body of work. Cascina Ronco is a farmhouse in the woods surrounding the council of Daverio (Varese). The two-floored wooden house offers two kitchens, ten beds, two toilets, a balcony and a whole forest. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be covered by the residency. If the participants wish to have a meal outside the permises, the residency does not cover meals at restaurants.
The two weeks in Cascina Ronco will alternate days of Open Studio, allowing the artists to work freely in the area surrounding the farmhouse, to excursion days in the areas around the lake. The participants will be free to chose the sites of interest of the excursion days.
Once a week, one organizer will drive to Milan in order to develop film. Participants who are interested in spending a day in the city are welcome to tag along.
Additionally, the participants will be provided with a one-day workshop a week with a professional of the field. Find more info about our guest workshop coordinators at the end of the page.
The finalizing phase (11 June - 14 June) will take place between Milan and Turin in order to get the work printed, framed and mounted for the exhibition. The residency does not cover accomodation and food for the last days, but we are available to help find a solution which best fits the budget of the participants.
The residency will provide; one tripod; one Plustek OpticFilm scanner; one Epson flatbed scanner; a library; one lightbox; Wi-Fi; backdrops; studio lights; one light-meter; one basic A4 printer; embroidery material; limited book-binding material; paper; pencils; crayons; two cars; one van. The residency will cover developing, printing and framing prices.
The residency will not provide; film rolls; cameras; fine-art test prints.
How to Apply
The Open Call has no age limit and is open to artists from all over the globe. We are looking for diversified lens-based practices; eclectic and experimental works are welcome. The residency has no selected theme and the artists are invited to produce a body of work relevant to their ongoing interests.
Applicants must have a good level of English language and possibly basic Italian language. Translators will be available at all times for those who do not speak Italian. Basic English is mandatory.
To submit your application, please fill in our application form. You will then need to email your application form, alongside with supporting documents, to the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org , stating as e-mail subject AIR_2018_Submission. Selected artists will be notified by March 18, 2018.
Alessandro Calabrese graduated in Landscape Architecture from IUAV (University of Architecture and Visual Arts), Venice, in 2011. In 2012 he moved to Milan, where he attended the Master in Photography and Visual Design at NABA – the New Academy for Fine Arts. In the Fall 2012, he spent a period in Amsterdam working as an assistant to Hans van der Meer and carrying out research for the platform Paradox. The first artist residency he attended, in the Aosta Valley, gave rise to his first publication Thoreau (Skinnerboox, 2014). He moved back to Milan, where he currently lives and works, in 2013, and started teaching photography at NABA and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo. In collaboration with Milo Montelli, he curated the book A Drop in the Ocean – Sergio Romagnoli (Éditions du Lic, 2014), first exhibited at the festival Fotografia Europea in Reggio Emilia. He participated to the 2015 Fotomuseum Winthertur’s annual Plat(t)form, an international portfolio review aimed at promoting young emerging photographers. His third book, Die Deutsche Punkinvasion (Skinnerboox, 2015), was exhibited at Fotopub Festival 2015 in Novo Mesto, Slovenia and at the BredaPhoto Festival 2016, Netherlands. Selected among the 21 emergent talents in international photography by FOAM Magazine in 2015 with A Failed Entertainment, he participated to the respective group shows at Unseen Photo Fair & Festival (Amsterdam), Atelier Néerlandais (Paris) during Paris Photo, De Markten (Bruxelles) and Beaconsfield Gallery during Photo London (London). Since 2016 he is represented by the gallery Viasaterna in Milan, where his work A Failed Entertainment has been exhibited as part of the collective exhibition 2016 – On New Italian Photography, curated by Fantom.
Sara Palmieri is a visual artist using photography to question the non-visible aspects of reality, that she tries to represent through a process of time and parts, memories and intuitions,the unconscious and revelations, fragments and recompositions. In her work time and space are both the working instruments and the investigated objects. She received a degree in Architecture from La Sapienza in Rome in 2005 and she worked for years as a set and interior designer. In 2015/2016 she took part to the first ISSP International Masterclass with Aaron Schuman. In 2016 her selfpublished book La plume plongea la tête was awarded the Marco Bastianelli Prize for Best Italian Self-published book, and shortlisted for Self Publish Riga 2016, Gazebook Photobook Festival 2016, Encontros da Imagem PhotoFestival 2015 and The Book's Space at Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma 2015. She had exhibited her work worldwide, most recently at Fotohaus ParisBerlin Gallery in Arles, France (2017), Focus Photography Festival in Mumbai, India (2017), Landskrona Fotofestival, Sweden (2016), Der Greif for Krakow Photomonth, Poland (2016), Obscura Festival, Penang Malaysia (2015). Part of her work Scenario is included in A Place Both Wonderful and Strange, book published in October 2017 by Fuego Books. She has upcoming solo exhibition at Matèria Gallery in Rome (May 2018).
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