Our programs are based on a non-exploitative model promoting social consciousness. Residents are strongly encouraged to explore various ways of cultural exchange as part of their artistic and/or research goals and to actively engage in critical discussions as part of their residency experience. As Arquetopia’s mission is to promote social transformation, understanding Mexico’s context, and specifically Puebla and Oaxaca’s cultural complexity, is key for a successful cultural exchange. We welcome art professionals and students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who are interested in creating work inspired by art, elements, techniques or processes that are specific to Mexico and/or unique to Puebla or Oaxaca.
Our residency programs are process-oriented, and the core of the residency is a critical approach to artmaking, learning, and research. Our staff and board of directors have designed a curriculum for the residency programs that facilitates a critical dialogue between the artist’s practice and the context encountered. In order to challenge stereotypes and preconceived notions of Latin America, all programs include an introduction to the complexity of Mexican identities with a focus in the artists’ project scope and artistic goals.
Artists-in-residence are introduced to a better understanding of Mexico’s Mesoamerican and colonial past, its modern present, and while producing, they learn to challenge contemporary art and what are considered traditional art practices; therefore, Arquetopia aids this process with a series of weekly individual meetings, discussion, critiques, and a critical bibliography that are tailored to each artist’s needs. The ultimate goal is for artists to learn new methods and techniques while questioning their own practice in the hopes of extending the critical discussion to other communities.
Arquetopia primary artist residency compound and garden in the central historic district of Puebla, Mexico
• Selection decisions are based on artistic work and proposed project. Applicants at all stages of their careers (emerging and established) must demonstrate a clear sense of potential.
• Our pool of applicants and residents is diverse in all aspects.
• Our residency programs are competitive opportunities for artists and researchers to pursue their own work, free of pressure (especially work that in their particular circumstances would normally be difficult to produce).
• Selection priority is given to projects that explore a responsible connection between the applicant’s artistic practice and the cultural context of Mexico, of Puebla, or of Oaxaca. The connection can be as broad as an artistic technique or as specific as a local theme.
• The creation of community with fellow artists and staff during the residency period is important.
RESIDENCY PROGRAMS WE OFFER (CLICK EACH FOR INFORMATION)
OUR RESIDENCY SPACES AND LOCATIONS
ARQUETOPIA PUEBLA – Our spectacular 1939 artist compound in Puebla’s majestic central historic district
WHAT OUR RESIDENCY PROGRAMS INCLUDE
Our residencies include accommodation, meals, utilities and housekeeping, weekly meetings with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critiques; studio space; and some tools. For the instructional residencies we offer, the instruction our residents receive from the Mexican local master artists we contract is funded directly from the residency fee, and materials and supplies for these instructional courses are included. For our special residencies, most materials and supplies are included. For our self-directed residencies, artists bring their own materials and supplies or obtain them locally.
Brent Erickson (USA), Sheetul Goorah (Mauritius), Marina Yerali (Cyprus), Ellen Bepp (USA), and Bronwyn Treacy (Australia)