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Artists in Residence

Bricks - Birender Yadav at Studio Residency at Rote Fabrik
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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 July - 28 September 2019 | Visual Arts

Birender Yadav | Studio Residency 2019

Birender Yadav was born in Ballia district, in a predominantly rural province of Uttar Pradesh, India. He comes from a family of coal miners, with his father working as a blacksmith at the coal-mines our province. He was the first to step out from his family and pursue formal higher education. Birender graduated in Bachelor …

Country of residency: Switzerland

1 - 20 August 2019 | Photography, Visual Arts

Ashok Vish | Residency 2019

Drawing from his training in filmmaking and interests in image-making, Ashok Vish’s practice opens up spaces for engagement between audience and imagery, between viewers and subjects, to bridge chasms separating “us” from “them”. His research interests include queer narratives from South Asia and diasporic boundary-crossing identifications that emphasize the significance of postcolonial, ethnic, racial, religious, …

Country of residency: Switzerland

26 August - 23 November 2019 | Theatre

Lapdiang Artimai Syiem | Studio Residency 2019

An actor trained in physical theatre, Lapdiang Syiem is based in Meghalaya, India, where her interest lies in revisiting Khasi folktales and adapting these to her performances. She locates her theatrical expression in the oral tradition of her minority matrilineal community. Her practice is deeply physical, drawing on techniques from her diverse training. Lapdiang presents …

11 September - 2 October 2019 | Theatre

Atul Kumar | Research Residency 2019

Atul Kumar, founder of The Company Theatre in Mumbai, is also an acclaimed actor and director with more than 30 years of performance experience. His basic performance training was in the traditional Indian dance and martial art forms of Kathakali and Kalerippayettu in Kerala, which he has also complemented with his various travels abroad.

Country of residency: Switzerland

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27 September - 20 October 2019 | Interdisciplinary

Saskia Edens | Studio Residency 2019

Saskia Edens is an artist based in Basel, Switzerland. She graduated from the Ecole Superieure des Beaux-Arts and the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Geneva. Edens’ work involves video, painting, molten metal, casting techniques and performances, as well as elements such as fire/heat, water in its various states, earth/clay and breath. What prevails and underlies …

Country of residency: India

18 November - 31 January | Music

Karolina Öhman | Studio Residency 2019

Karolina Öhman performs internationally as a chamber musician, soloist and ensemble player, with a diverse repertoire, specializing in contemporary music. She has also premiered numerous solo, chamber music and ensemble works. Karolina Öhman is a member of several contemporary music ensembles including Mondrian Ensemble Basel, ensemble neuverBand Basel, among others. She has won several awards …

Country of residency: India

1 November 2019 - 29 January 2020

Mariel Manuel | Studio Residency 2020

A Swiss artist and fashion designer, Mariel Manuel works mainly by materializing ideas in 3D, on the body or in space, sometimes at the crossroads of sculpture and design. “Ten dresses under my bed” is an ongoing research project by Manuel that questions the values and use of textile, craftsmanship and the disposal of fabrics that …

Country of residency: India, Sri Lanka

2 - 19 August 2019

Aarti Sunder | Research Residency 2019

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 …

Country of residency: Switzerland

30 January - 3 March 2019 | Visual Arts

Maeva Rosset & Giovanni Sammarco | Research Residency

‘Artiste olfactive et visuelle’ Maeva Rosset and perfumer Giovanni Sammarco will work on ‘Smellscape’, a research-based project on ‘olfactive landscapes’ inspired by existing places and fictional landscapes. The duo will also participate in the Unbox Festival.

Country of residency: India

17 January - 3 March 2019 | Visual Arts

Stefanie Knobel | Studio Residency

Stefanie Knobel is an artist and choreographer. Knobels work has been internationally presented at 24/7 – Friday Mi l k (RU) , FRAC Lorraine Metz (FR) , 6. International Moscow Biennale for Young Arts (RU) , Aargauer Kunsthaus (CH) Künstlerhaus Bremen (DE) , Helmhaus Zurich (CH) , etc. Her work bases on bodily and linguistic …

Country of residency: India

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