SECOND CURATORIAL FELLOWSHIP IN ZAGREB

The Artists for Artists Residency Network, a two-year project (2023-2024), aims to improve the mobility of contemporary visual artists and curators, while creating greater opportunities for women in the arts. The project takes place in four European partner countries – Romania, Germany, Croatia and Austria. The project focuses on the development of new international exchanges and transcultural dialogue and provides a number of new opportunities for art practitioners of all ages, in different artistic media, with a special emphasis on women in art and gender equality. The result of the project will be increased awareness of the importance of cultural mobility at local legislative levels, but also in the general public, especially in the current (post)crisis European context, strengthening EU affiliation and connection with contemporary visual art.

The project includes: 12 artist residencies in Zagreb (HR), Mulhouse (FR), Bucharest (RO) and in Săcel, Maramureș (RO), 4 curatorial residencies in Zagreb and Bucharest, 12 conferences in Zagreb, Bucharest and Vienna and 1 traveling international exhibition , which will first be shown to the public in Zagreb (HR), and then in Vienna (AT) and Bucharest (RO).

The first resident of the AFAR project is Sarah McNulty, (b. USA, based in Copenhagen) founded and curates the program Tørreloft, initiated in 2015, based on experimental forms of production, collaboration and experience for international artists. In opposition to the original clandestine drying attic, the current format at AGA Works takes place in an industrial garage, where the 4th wall is a shutter that opens to a busy street.

In her own practice as an artist she works primarily with expanded painting as a starting point, often as installations with textiles and other surfaces with shifting characteristics. Her work as both an artist and curator explores the ecology of the built environment, frequently initiating projects in overlooked architectural sites in the public sphere.

As part of the residency, Sarah McNulty, gets to know the Croatian art scene with the aim of international connections and inviting Croatian artists to Denmark, and the residency will include visits to studios and exhibitions as well as AFAR Talk at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb on February 27th.

The project takes place in four European partner countries – Romania, Germany, Croatia and Austria. The consortium consists of the project leader (ARAC) – Bucharest, Romania and 3 partners: Goethe Institute network, Croatian Association of Fine Artists – Zagreb, Croatia and Künstlerhaus – Vienna, Austria. An additional associated strategic partner of the project is La Kunsthalle Mulhouse which is also the Center d’Art Contemporain d’Intérêt National de la Ville de Mulhouse, located in a former industrial building it shares with the University of Haute-Alsace, the city archives and the Ateliers Pédagogiques d’Arts Plastiques.

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