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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:

October - December 2017 | Design

KreativKonsum | Studio Residency

KreativKonsum comprises of Swiss product designers Carina Fischer and Lukas Baumgartner, who are based in Winterthur, Switzerland. Carina and Lukas realise projects in the fields of product development, user centred design, game and educational design, scenographic design and graphics. They work on both commissioned products as well as on their own projects. They are very passionate about their work and enjoy …

Country of residency: India

1 - 28 October 2017 | Visual Art

Madhuban Mitra and Manas Bhattacharya | Research Residency

Madhuban Mitra and Manas Bhattacharya are based in Kolkata, India and work together as an artist duo, primarily with photography and video. Madhuban studied English Literature and holds a Ph.D in Cultural Studies. Manas studied cinematography after completing his M.A. in Comparative Literature. Their work engages with time and memory, transience and detritus, notions of …

Country of residency: Switzerland

3 October - 28 December 2017 | Visual Art

Julius John Alam | Studio Residency

Julius is a Lahore based artist. He received a BFA from the National College of Arts, Lahore in 2013 and an MFA from Parsons the New School for Design in 2016, where he studied on a Fulbright Scholarship. His work has been shown in various shows in Lahore, Karachi, Dubai, Philadelphia and New York. He …

Country of residency: Switzerland

30 October - 26 November 2017 | Visual Art

Krishnaraj Chonat | Research Residency

Krishnaraj Chonat is a Bangalore based artist working in sculpture, sainting, public art installations and various other media. Through intense research and a strong ecological consciousness that pervades most of his recent projects, Krishnaraj explores many facets of our modern existence analysing geographical and environmental change brought about by an unprecedented interest in the ‘tourist …

Country of residency: Switzerland

4 September - 1 December 2017 | Visual Art

Renuka Rajiv | Studio Residency

Renuka Rajiv is an artist based in Bangalore. She did a diploma in Digital Video Production from Srishti School of Design, Bangalore, India(2007). She did a Bachelor of Fine Art, Printmaking from VCA, Melbourne (2010). She has participated in several group shows – The Brunswick Show, CBD, Melbourne (2010); EggEggEgg, White Elephant Artist Space, Brunswick, …

Country of residency: Switzerland

21 - 27 August 2017 | Visual Art

Gayatri Sinha | Research Residency

Gayatri Sinha is an art editor, critic and curator. Her primary areas of enquiry are in gender and iconography, media and the study of classical texts. She is the founder of criticalcollective.in, India’s first web based archive and news magazine on art. As curator she has worked with photography and video art from archival and …

Country of residency: Switzerland

21 July - 4 September 2017 | Visual Art

Gayatri Ganju | Research Residency

Gayatri was initially drawn to photography by her love for peoples stories. Her practice was driven by her need and ability to connect with her subjects. As her work developed, focus shifted and she found herself drawn to landscapes and the environment. She began to look at spaces as her subjects. Currently, she feels like …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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” …

Country of residency: India

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 …

Country of residency: India

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 …

Country of residency: India

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 …

Country of residency: India

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 …

Country of residency: India

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 …

Country of residency: India

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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 …

Country of residency: India

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 …

Country of residency: India

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 …

Country of residency: India

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 …

Country of residency: India

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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.) …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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 …

Country of residency: India

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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 …

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 …

Country of residency: India

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

April - June 2009 | Performance Art

Anurupa Roy | Studio Residency 2009

  Residency Location: Zürich Partner Organisation: Rote Fabrik Zürich Anurupa Roy is recognized as a major creative force in Indian Puppet Theatre. She  received professional training in the art of puppetry from Dramatiska Institute at the University of Stockholm. She also holds a diploma in the Guaratelle, tradition of glove puppetry, from the Scoula Della …

Country of residency: Switzerland

26 Feb - 27 March 2009 | Visual Art

Ravi Agarwal | Studio Residency 2009

Residency location: Basel Partner Organisation: iaab, Basel Ravi Agarwal is an artist, environmental activist, writer and curator. He has pursued an art practice integrally with his other pursuits. His current interest span questions around ecology and society, urban space and capital in interrelated ways. He works with photographs, video, and public art. His work has …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Feb - July 2009 | Music

Claudia Rüegg | Studio Residency 2009

Zürich based pianist and cultural scientist Claudia Rüegg studied piano with Hadassa Schwimmer, Werner Bärtschi and Erna Ronca, and literature, arts, media at the University of Konstanz. She is working as an independent curator, mostly in interdisciplinary contexts and as a pianist, performing in concerts across Europe and North America.

Country of residency: India

29 Nov 2007 - 12 March 2009 | Visual Art

Rahel Hegnauer | Studio Residency 2008

Residency Location: Bangalore & Delhi Partner Organisation: Bangaluru Artist Residency One (bar1), Bangalore & Khoj International Artists Association, Delhi Rahel Hegnauer was born in Zurich, Switzerland. She lives and works in Zurich and where ever her projects lead her. Her field of work is in the public sphere. How to understand the term public sphere, …

Country of residency: India

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