HOW Art Museum (Shanghai) and ZARYA Center for Contemporary Art (Vladivostok) have reached a cooperation regarding curatorial and research exchange program.
In the second half of 2018, HOW Art Museum, as the Chinese partner of ZARYA Center for Contemporary Art’s research exchange program Contact Zones: Far Eastwill welcome a researcher from Russia as a curator-in-residence of HOW International Curatorial Residency Program. The Russian researcher will stay at HOW for one month, conducting interdisciplinary cross-cultural study on the Far East. Meanwhile, HOW Art Museum will send a researcher to the ZARYA Center for Contemporary Art to conduct cross-cultural study as well.
The international research exchange program Contact Zones: Far East was initiated by Zarya Center for Contemporary Art and Zarya Foundation for the Development of Contemporary Art supported by BELUGA GROUP. The program offers one-month fellowships to up to three individuals from Russia to conduct cross-cultural research on the Far East of Russia and Asia at one of the partner institutions in Asia in 2018-2019.
The program is designed to further encourage the research and self-identification of the Far East region with its unique geographical and historical features, the development of cultural exchange and cooperation between Russia and the Far East countries.
Alisa Bagdonayte, Zarya CCA Chief Curator: "This territory has a very complicated historical, cultural, social, and political context providing a unique subject for research and discussion. The purpose of our program is to promote and encourage the collaborative work of artists and curators who are interested in working in Primorsky Krai, the Far East and the neighboring countries of the Asia-Pacific Region. The flexibility of the program's boundaries will allow us to tailor the program to the research interests of our participants, who will help us to set and establish the focal points”.
Yun Cheagab, Director of HOW Art Museum: “As a region with a complex historical background, Northeast Asia may feature a wide range of political and economic systems, but at the same time it boasts a long history of geo-cultural interactions. Chinese culture has had a tremendous influence through the establishment of eastern culture in the region, while Russia positions itself as a kind of “Land Bridge between Europe and Asia,” integrating the two cultures through a collision and fusion of history on both sides. Since its founding, HOW Art Museum has adhered to the principle of fostering the local art scene while maintaining awareness of the global perspective and making efforts to advance exchanges and cultural cooperation between artists and cultural communities within the region. Continuing this tradition, we are pleased to announce that HOW Art Museum will serve as the Chinese partner of ZARYA Center for Contemporary Art. We are committed to joint efforts to develop artistic and cultural exchanges and provide support for research initiatives within the contemporary era of Northeast Asia”.
As part of the program, three researchers from Russia will have an opportunity to stay in a research residency at one of the partner institutions: in 2018, at HOW Art Museum, and in 2019, Para Site or MNG 360°. Respectively, researchers from Asia will have a chance to work in Russia. International art residence at ZARYA CCA will welcome researchers from Shanghai and Hong-Kong in October and November of 2018.
More information about the requirements and application procedure can be found here: http://zaryavladivostok.ru/en/a-i-r_news/post/1776
About Instituional Partner
Zarya Center of Contemporary Art is a non-profit institution that seeks to promote the achievements of contemporary culture in Russia and beyond, while supporting local emerging artists in Vladivostok. The center opened in Vladivostok in 2013 in the creative cluster on the grounds of the former Zarya textile factory, as part of an initiative by entrepreneur and patron, Alexander Mechetin, the founder of Russia’s largest alcoholic beverage company, BELUGA GROUP. Since the second half of 2014, ZARYA CCA has operated the only artist-in-residence program in the Far East, offering artists from different cities or countries the opportunity to realize projects in Vladivostok, with a focus on regional culture and the geographical context. In 2018, the program’s open call received a total of 310 applications, submitted by artists and collectives from 39 countries around the globe. Of this number, the jury selected 21 proposals for realization at ZARYA CCA.