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Far from home, away from one’s own studio, familiar environment and every-day routine, new ideas and projects can arise, and art can evolve in a different and unexpected direction.

Pro Helvetia, together with its liaison office in India offers Swiss art practitioners the possibility of a residency in South Asia. In return, artists from India and the adjoining South Asian countries are given an opportunity to come to Switzerland for a residency stay.

List of South Asian artists awarded residencies in Switzerland. >>

List of Swiss artists awarded residencies in South Asia. >>

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[Photo © Hetal Chudasama | 2015 | iaab Basel]

Find out more about our current and past artists-in-residence:


2 - 7 May 2017 - Critical Writing

Belinder Dhanoa | Research Residency 2017

Belinder Dhanoa is a writer and artist. She also currently teaches Creative Writing at the Postgraduate level at the School of Culture and Creative Expression at the Ambedkar University, Delhi. She has an MFA in Art Criticism from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda, and another MA in Visual and Cultural Studies from the …

6 - 20 May 2017 - Visual Art

Ruxmini Choudhury | Research Residency 2017

Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Ruxmini Choudhury is a curator, art writer, researcher and bilingual translator. Currently with the Samdani Art Foundation, Ruxmini is doing extensive research on the artist initiatives from all over the country for the newly launched Samdani Artist Led Initiatives Forum. As part of the Dhaka Art Summit team, she worked as …

6 - 20 May 2017 - Visual Art

Abhijan Gupta | Research Residency 2017

Abhijan Gupta is a curator, working with the Dhaka Art Summit ’18, and with the Paris-based curatorial collective, Council. Recent projects include ‘You Cannot Cross The Sea Merely By Staring At The Waves’, at the Krinzinger Projekte and ‘8688’, at Project88, with Diana Campbell Betancourt, and ‘The Manufacturing of Rights’ (Ashkal Alwan, Beirut; Contour Biennale …

6 May - 20 May 2017 - Visual Art

Suresh Jayaram | Research Residency 2017

Suresh Jayaram is an artist, art historian, arts administrator and curator from Bangalore. He is the Founder Director of 1.Shanhtiroad Studio, an international artist’s residency and alternative art space in Bangalore, India. He is currently involved in art practise, urban mapping, archiving, curation and arts education. His keen interest in environmental and urban developmental issues …

22 April - 20 May 2017 - Dance

Diya Naidu | Research Residency 2017

After a Studio Residency in 2015 at Rote Fabrik Zürich , Diya Naidu has now been invited to Switzerland to work on a collaborative project. Diya studied ISTD jazz, classical ballet, choreography techniques, Kathak and physical theatre before graduating from Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2007. A young Choreographer from Attakkalari …

Oct - Dec 2017 - Visual Art

Cop Shiva (B.S. Shivaraju) | Studio Residency 2017

Cop Shiva (B.S. Shivaraju) was born in Bangalore in 1979. Cop Shiva began his artistic journey by joining the alternative art collective 1 Shanthi Road Studio/Gallery in Bangalore as a coordinator for this space. A member of the Karnataka Police Department since 2001 (which is also where he derives his artistic name) Cop Shiva, has …

2 April - 28 June 2017 - Dance

Virieno C. Zakiesato | Studio Residency 2017

Residency Location: Zürich Partner Organisation: Rote Fabrik Zürich A movement artist and choreographer, Virieno Christina Zakiesato is a performer from the North-Eastern Indian state of Nagaland. Trained in classical dance forms, ballet and somatic movement practices, Virieno is considered a versatile dancer who has participated in numerous dance festivals. Virieno’s body of work focuses on the effects …

6 - 28 February 2017 - Theatre

Marcel Schwald | Research Residency 2017

Residency location: Bangalore Partner organisation: 1 Shanthiroad, Bangalore Marcel Schwald is based in Basel and works as performer, director and dramaturge in theater and performance art. He is interested in the possibilities and impossibilities of communication in discussion-performances, interventions in the public space and in a gallery context. His work “Let’s Pretend To Be Human” …

1 January - 31 March 2017 - Performance Art

Chris Leuenberger | Studio Residency 2017

Chris Leuenberger (Switzerland, 1979) studied acting at the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (USA) and choreography at the School for New Dance Development (NL). Based in Amsterdam and Bern as a freelance choreographer and performer, Chris collaborates with different artists in various contexts and formations. His piece White Horse – an attempt at live …

25 January - 8 March 2017 - Visual Art

Sonja Feldmeier | Research Residency 2017

Sonja Feldmeier lives and works in Basel, and has done the same at different locations around the world. She works with paint, airbrushing, photography, video and audio, developing objects and complex installations. Her many stays on a variety of continents have formed an important resource for Feldmeier’s works. As a result of her travels, she …

January 2017 - Literature

Michael Fehr | Research Residency 2017

Residency location: Bangalore Partner organisation: Sangam House Swiss author Michael Fehr studied at the Swiss Institute for Literature and the Bern Arts College from 2007 – 2012, where he gained his Master degree in Contemporary Arts Practice. Fehr suffers from juvenile macular degeneration, low vision, which compels him to create his works by dictation, creating …

October - December 2016 - Visual Art

Marie Velardi | Studio Residency 2016

Residency location: Delhi & Mumbai Partner organisation: Freelance Marie Velardi was born in Geneva, Switzerland. She lives and works in Geneva and Paris. Her work has been exhibited in France, Germany, Belgium and Italy. In 2014-2015 she represented Switzerland at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India. She has won various awards; among them the ‘2015 Scholarship of …

3 March - 30 May 2016 - Visual Art

Shaunak Sen | Studio Residency 2016

Residency location: Bern Partner organisation: PROGR, Bern Shaunak Sen is a filmmaker, video artist and scholar based in Delhi. ‘Cities of Sleep’ is his first feature length documentary, funded by the Films Division of India. He has edited various other documentary and experimental fiction/non-fiction films. Shaunak, a recipient of the Digital and Social Media Fellowship …

January - April 2016 - Performance Art

Corinne Maier | Studio Residency 2016

Residency location: Bangalore Partner organisation: 1 Shanthiroad, Bangalore Swiss director Corinne Maier studied Cultural Sciences and Aesthetic Practice at the University of Hildesheim in Germany until 2009. Since then she has remained committed to creating her own performances in a range of contexts, including a series of solos on the philosophy she has devised. Corinne …

10 October 2016 - 15 December 2016 - Music

Michael Pelzel | Studio Residency 2016

Residency location: Chennai & Goa Partner organisation: Freelance A freelance composer and performer, Michael Pelzel also serves as a parish organist in a church in Zurich. He conducts music theory classes at Music Universities of Bern and Basel and workshops in composition at the Universities of Johannesburg (University of the Witwatersrand) Stellenbosch and Pretoria (South …

2 November 2016 - 2 February 2017 - Music

Lukas Mantel | Studio Residency 2016

Residency location: Chennai & Delhi Partner organisation: Freelance Born 1982 in St. Gallen, living in Zürich, Switzerland. Lukas started his musical career as a DJ in a Hip Hop context and changed to drums at the age of 17. Main influences are afro-american music as well as electronic and folcloric styles from all over the …

Dec 2016 - Music

Saadet Türköz | Research Residency 2016

Born in 1961 in Istanbul, Saadet Türköz is a Kazakh-Turkish singer and composer who currently lives in Switzerland. She grew up in Istanbul, where she first worked as a journalist and translator. Türköz’s first recordings were influenced by the folk music of her homeland, East Turkestan; in recent years, her repertoire has widened to include …

September 2016 - Visual Art

Nandita Palchoudhuri | Research Residency 2016

Nandita Palchoudhuri is a social entrepreneur Curating and Consulting internationally, in the field of Indian Folk Art Craft and Performance Practices. Ex-Chairperson – Trustee on the board of the India Foundation for the Arts headquartered in Bangalore, and a member of the Ford Foundation – International Initiative for Social Philanthropy, Nandita’s work creates cutting edge …

September 2016 - Design

David Abraham | Research Residency 2016

Creative director of ABRAHAM & THAKORE, David Abraham, the Singapore born designer is constantly searching for the simplest way to express complex design ideas. He is focused on conceptualising and reinventing the A & T story each season to keep it contemporary, directional and relevant both in India and internationally, where it is sold in …

29 August - 16 September 2016 - Visual Art

Aparna Rao | Research Residency 2016

A part of the Bangalore-based artist duo Pors & Rao, Aparna Rao works with electro-mechanical systems and interactive installations. With the clever use of technology, Aparna creates art installations that let people experience familiar objects and interactions in refreshingly humorous ways. Her work encourages participation rather than spectatorship. By combining high-tech and high-art, she imbues …

5 - 24 November 2016 - Visual Art

Samit Das | Research Residency 2016

Born in 1970 in Jamshedpur, Samit Das began his formal artistic training at Kala Bhavan, Santiniketan in 1994, where he continued on to do his Masters degree two years later. In 2000, he participated in the Associate Student Post Graduate Program at the Camberwell College of Art, London. Das was the recipient of the BRIC …

25 June - 5 July 2016 - Visual Art

Rahaab Allana | Research Residency 2016

Rahaab Allana is the curator of the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts in New Delhi, Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society in London, and Governing Committee member of the Alliance Française in New Delhi. He had an early engagement with the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. A graduate in Art History/Archaeology (M.A.) …

2 June - 30 August 2016 - Visual Art

Ehsan ul Haq | Studio Residency 2016

Residency location: Bern | Partner organisation: PROGR, Bern | Born and based in Lahore, Pakistan, Ehsan ul Haq received his Bachelors degree in Fine Art in 2008 and a post graduate diploma in Art Education in 2009 from the Beaconhouse National University in Lahore. Ehsan has exhibited in Pakistan, the UK and Germany, and most recently in India …

1 - 9 June 2016 - Visual Art

Sudarshan Shetty | Research Residency 2016

In appointing Sudarshan Shetty as curator, Kochi-Muziris Biennale continues its tradition of having artists at its helm, with Bose Krishnamachari and Riyas Komu leading the inaugural edition in 2012 and Jitish Kallat curating the 2014 edition. Sudarshan Shetty (born 1961) is a contemporary Indian artist who has worked in painting, sculpture, installation, video, sound and …

2 April - 30 June 2016 - Visual Art

Shailesh BR | Studio Residency 2016

Residency location: Basel | Partner organisation: Atelier Mondial | As the recipient of the FICA Emerging Artist Award 2015 Shailesh will travel to Switzerland on a residency awarded by Pro Helvetia. Shailesh BR has received his Bachelors in Fine Arts, specializing in painting from Chamarajendran Academy of Visual Arts, Mysore and has a Post Graduate Diploma from Faculty …

2 July - 30 September 2015 - Dance

Diya Naidu | Studio Residency 2015

Residency Location: Zürich Partner Organisation: Rote Fabrik Zürich Diya Naidu studied ISTD jazz, classical ballet, choreography techniques, Kathak and physical theatre before graduating from Attakkalari’s Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media in 2007. Young Choreographer from Attakkalari Centre of Movement Arts, Diya has performed across India and in several international locations with Attakkalari’s multimedia dance …

6 May - 29 September 2015 - Visual Art

Shazeb Arif Shaikh | Studio Residency 2015

Residency location: Basel | Partner organisation: Atelier Mondial | Shazeb Arif S. (b.1983, Mumbai) is a multidisciplinary artist, curator and entrepreneur. Shazeb is Executive Trustee with The Academy of Electronic Arts (AeA), an organization that has been constantly looking into the future and its manifestation through arts, science, media and technology. The AeA has successfully conducted …

1 February - 30 April 2014 - Music

Christophe Polese | Studio Residency 2014

Polese is an electronic music producer from Switzerland whose music dwells between the persistent ham- electro dance and the dark backstage of the post-industrial civilization. Whether at the decks or performing live, POL as he is popularly know as, is well known for his compositions from the techno underworld of Geneva to the clubs throughout …

13 May - 26 June 2014 - Music

Ish S | Research Residency 2014

Residency Location: Zürich & Geneva Ish Shehrawat (Ish S) is a composer, sound artist and a musician from New Delhi/ India. His primary field of interests are ‘Sound Art and Installation’ along with ‘electro-acoustic music’ and he has been presenting some of his works as Sound Installations and mixed media works. He is an electronic …

10 October - 3 November 2013 - Visual Art

Boris Nikitin | Research Residency 2013

Theatre director, writer, installation artist and director of the festival “It’s The Real Thing”. Nikitin studied at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Giessen/Germany. Nikitin’s works are a mix between lecture performance and illusion theatre, jumping from the highly conceptual to great theatricality, playing with the boundaries between offensive dilettantism and acting virtuosity. The …

June - September 2013 - Visual Art

Gipin Varghese | Studio Residency 2013

Residency Location: Luzern Partner Organisation: Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst Gipin Varghese was selected as the recipient for the FICA Emerging Artist Award 2012. His artworks consist of meticulous explorations of how humans oppress fellow human and non-human beings to protect artificially constructed phenomenon such as power and wealth. He takes inspiration from Indian folk …

2 April - 30 June 2013 - Visual Art

Gitanjali Dang | Studio Residency 2013

Residency Location: Zürich Partner Organisation: Rote Fabrik Zürich A curator, writer, researcher and shapeshifter based out Bombay, in 2012 Gitanjali Dang founded the itinerant arts lab Khanabadosh. Her criticism and articles have appeared in leading local and international publications including Nafas Art Magazine, Art Papers, The Times of India, Frieze and Art-Agenda. She has lectured …

5 January - 5 April 2013 - Sound Art

Gilles Aubry | Studio Residency 2013

Gilles Aubry is a Swiss sound artist, musician and researcher living in Berlin. Based on an auditory approach of the real, his work is informed by researches on material, historical and cultural aspects of sound and listening. He uses field recordings, voices, music and sound archives to create live performances, installations and movies. In 2013 …

2 April - 30 June 2011 - Visual Art

Paribartana Mohanty | Studio Residency 2011

Residency location: Berne Partner Organisation: PROGR Berne Paribartana Mohanty is a New Delhi-based artist, working in multiple mediums of video, performance and painting. He completed his BFA from Dhauli College of Art and Craft, Bhubaneswar and Masters in History of Art from National Museum Institute, New Delhi. He is the recipient of FICA Emerging Artist Award 2010 and ‘City …

2 April - 30 June 2011 - Visual Art

Sreejata Roy | Studio Residency 2011

Residency location: Basel Partner Organisation: iaab, Basel Sreejata Roy is a visual artist and a community art practitioner. During her MPhil studies in media art at the Coventry School of Art and Design, UK (2001-05), Sreejata Roy evolved a culturally embedded personal art practice within her larger investigation of socio-cultural issues via oral history and ethnography, …

7 January - 31 March 2011 - Theatre

Sankar Venkateswaran | Studio Residency 2011

Residency Location: Zürich Partner Organisation: Rote Fabrik Zürich Born 1979. Theatre and festival director. He studied at the Calicut University School of Drama & Fine Arts and graduated as theatre director from the Intercultural Theatre Institute ITI in Singapore. In 2007, he founded the theatre collective Roots & Wings in Kerala, with which he has …

2 April - 30 June 2010 - Visual Art

Jenson Anto | Studio Residency 2010

Residency location: Basel Partner Organisation: iaab, Basel Jenson Anto aims at striking a continual dialogue with the infinite facets of the dynamic nature. The transient mode of his art continued when he moved to Wimbledon College of Art in London to pursue his masters in 2005, packaged as part of Charles Wallace India trust award. Embarking …

2 April - 30 June 2010 - Visual Art

Anuradha Pathak | Studio Residency 2010

Residency location: Zürich Partner Organisation: Rote Fabrik Zürich Anuradha Pathak is an interactive/participatory installation artist and researcher with special focus on socially engaged art practices. She completed her masters in visual arts from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. Her installations are an attempt to explore, understand, and address the socio-political and psychological aspects of  migrants/immigrants. From 2010 …

17 Dec 2009 - 12 March 2010 - Performance Art

YannMarussich | Studio Residency 2009

Residency Location: Delhi and Pondicherry Partner Organisation: freelance artist Born in 1966, Yann Marussich, is a unique artist and contemporary dancer. He is known to deliver performances that have a long lasting impact on the audience. As the director of the « Théâtre de l’Usine » (Geneva), Yann’s focus was on contemporary dance and more …

10 April - 29 June 2009 - Visual Art

Atul Bhalla | Studio Residency 2009

Residency location: Basel Partner Organisation: iaab, Basel Atul Bhalla is a conceptual artist working with environmental issues, particularly on water, for more than two decades. His work invites the audience to engage directly with urban and metropolitan spaces, and in particular water resources, in his city New Delhi, and those he visits during the course …

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