Residencies stimulate creative and mutual exchange between artists.
Pro Helvetia offers three months’ studio residencies and research residencies where artists are encouraged to develop their practice in a climate of cultural diversity.
Indian artist Aarti Sunder has been invited to join the Sommerakademie Paul Klee as a curatorial resident for 2019-2020. Residents at the program are granted access to infrastructure and technical support, engaging in a blend of theory and practice, discourse and production.
Aarti Sunder is interested in ideas that create the subject: technology, economy, and experience; how we relate to and how these ideas make us. She recently shared her ideas around artist congregation and need for renewed solidarities at the Bangkok Biennale 2019 and at Tate’s Imagined Biennales conference. She was a fellow at Ashkal Alwan’s Home Workspace Program in 2016/17 and at Art Dubai in 2017/18. She is the recipient of several fellowships including SARAI City as Studio fellowship for Contemporary Art, Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation-ISCP Residency Scholarship and the Dutch ArtEZ two-year education scholarship. She is currently a resident artist at Alserkal and will join Sommerakademie as a curatorial resident for 2019-2020. Aarti will be studying and researching the technology-human interface at MIT over the coming years.
Aarti’s project at Sommerakademie titled ‘Statecraft’ negotiates with the contemporary art infrastructure by realigning intention within strategically formed assemblies. Intention, says Aarti, “can be directed, strategized and channelled to align the place and relationship between artist, artwork and spectator in a more equitable manner. Here ‘equitable’ not only refers to art’s meaning making endeavour but also in the creation of ‘assemblies’ where artists will indulge in a form of self-curation in conjunction with institutes and curators.”