The Writing on the Wall: Posters, Graffiti, Protest
ArquetopiaSUMMER 2022

Triple International Academic Residency Program
Includes Master Printmaking Technique Instruction, Critical Seminars & Art Production


LOCATION: PUEBLA, MEXICO
Session Dates: June 6 to July 18, 2022 (6 Weeks)
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This comprehensive, customized and prestigious 6-week critical residency program offers competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, curators, art educators, art historians, and students age 20 and over.

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The Writing on the Wall: Posters, Graffiti, Protest – ArquetopiaSUMMER 2022, Arquetopia’s flagship residency program, will focus on the art techniques and visual culture of posters, graffiti and the long-standing tradition of protest in Latin America and the Caribbean. Thinking of the major challenges of the 21st century, including climate change, domestic and geopolitical racial injustice, and the new concerns with global health, have made the questions about resistance and resilience even more relevant today. ArquetopiaSUMMER 2022 will address these and other pertinent questions through the powerful legacy of graphic arts and the profound visual history of these regions. From the Latin American printmaking revolutionary traditions of the early 20th century, to the influential images of OSPAAAL, and the reclaiming power of street art and graffiti, the act of protest has constantly engaged with issues of visibility and invisibility. After a long period of isolation, many artists are eager to reconnect, reclaim spaces and rethink social change. Is the 21st century really offering us another chance? Is it possible to subvert the violent legacy of visual culture? What lessons could we learn from other struggles and the cultures of resistance they have produced?

Artist-in-Residence and Arquetopia 2019 Residency Scholarship Award Recipient Miguel Keerveld (Suriname)
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ArquetopiaSUMMER 2022 Triple International Academic Residency Program (with Master Printmaking Technique Instruction, Critical Seminars, and Self-Directed Art Production) is a prestigious 6-week critical program that offers competitive professional opportunities for local and international emerging and mid-career artists, curators, art historians, and students age 20 and over. This unique program will offer diverse critical approaches to challenge historical visual assertions, vocabularies, categories, and beliefs, as well as a variety of institutional visual practices and explore the problematics of the production of images. In her book “Touching Liberty” Karen Sánchez-Eppler calls attention to the dynamics of representation as rhetoric intersects, and how the figures produced by one discourse are altered or subsumed through contact with another.

Through this program, participants with diverse art practices and media will be able to conceptualize their art by engaging their practice in critical discussions and expand the notion of artistic agency in their work. One of the central goals will be to understand how visibility/invisibility through representation, discourse and intersection function beyond our intention as artists, by putting in context the role of cultural institutions in the production of meaning through objects, social relations, and art consumption. In that sense, what are the limits of representation, especially when thinking about radical difference? What happens when the problem of embodiment intersects with the violence of representation for the purposes of political and textual discourses? Although resistance and resilience have been a constant in the formation of multiple and diverse cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean, what happens when they intersect with the act of protest and the difference between private and public space becomes more visible? It is also true that the visual culture produced in these regions has had an undeniable influence in the materialization of modern and contemporary art and thus commodifying multiple struggles and social issues. This strong political legacy has not only influenced other forms of art but also set the tone to the tense and contradictory relationship between art and discourses, so how do we reconcile art, protest and social justice?

The accessibility and collaborative nature of printmaking as an art practice will create a generous and dynamic space where multiple discussions and exchanges will happen. Through a series of seminars and other academic activities, this program will explore the problematics of visual cultural and the possibility of resistance and resilience through artistic agency. Through hands-on workshops, in collaboration with the Erasto Cortés Printmaking Museum, participants will have the opportunity to expand their art practice by exploring several graphic art and printmaking techniques.

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CRITICAL METHODOLOGIES

This unique program offers critical methodologies for diverse art practices allowing participants to conceptualize their art by engaging in critical discussions and expand the notion of artistic agency in their work. One of the central goals will be to understand how visibility/invisibility through representation, discourse and intersection function beyond our intention as artists, by putting in context the role of cultural institutions in the production of meaning through objects, social relations, and art consumption.

GRAPHIC ARTS & PRINTMAKING LEGACIES IN LATIN AMERICA
The Writing on the Wall: Posters, Graffiti, Protest will address the powerful legacy of graphic arts and the profound visual history of Latin America and the Caribbean. From the revolutionary printmaking traditions of the early 20th Century, to the influential images of OSPAAAL, and the reclaiming power of street art and graffiti, the act of protest has constantly engaged with issues of visibility and invisibility. The accessibility and collaborative nature of printmaking as an art practice will create a generous and dynamic space where multiple discussions and exchanges will happen.

SEMINARS, CRITIQUES & TOURS
Through a series of seminars and other academic activities this program will explore the problematics of visual cultural and the possibility of resistance and resilience through artistic agency. Through hands-on workshops, in collaboration with the Erasto Cortés Printmaking Museum,participants will have the opportunity to expand their art practice by exploring several graphic art and printmaking techniques.


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ARQUETOPIASUMMER 2022 PROGRAM ITINERARY
This program includes 30 seminar hours; 27 hours of collective critiques, guided tours and visits to prominent museums in Puebla, and relevant sites. The program also includes a 27-hour hands-on art workshop instructed by a professional master printer, exploring the artistic dimensions of graphic arts and printmaking techniques. Activities are designed to promote intense creative work and artistic dialogue; therefore, artists are expected to allocate self-directed studio hours as part of their weekly schedule.  

Renowned international art historians, artists, and master restorers facilitate the dialogues, individual and collective critiques, seminars, and workshops. Seminars are conducted in English. Workshop instruction is in Spanish or English. Participants produce work in our partnered studio at one of Mexico's most important art museums, in Puebla's majestic central historic district.


ARQUETOPIASUMMER 2022
SIX INTERNATIONAL GUEST SCHOLARS & INSTRUCTORS

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1. DR. KIRSTEN PAI BUICK
(USA)

Kirsten Pai Buick, Ph.D., was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Buick specializes in art of the United States, focusing her research on African-American art, the impact of race and gender on the history of art, representations of the American landscape, the visual and material cultures of the first British Empire, and the history of women as patrons and collectors of the arts. She has advanced scholarship of the work of numerous African American artists through publications. Buick is a tenured, full professor at the University of New Mexico, where she has taught since 2001. She earned her bachelor’s degree in art history and Italian literature in 1985 from the University of Chicago. She earned her master and doctorate degrees in art history from the University of Michigan. Her book Child of the Fire: Mary Edmonia Lewis and the Problem of Art History’s Black and Indian Subject was published by Duke University Press; and her second book, In Authenticity: ‘Kara Walker’ and the Eidetics of Racism, is in progress. Her published articles include studies on the work of artists including Daniel Coburn, Patrick Nagatani, Joseph Delaney, Aaron Douglas, Horace Pippin, and Kehinde Wiley. Buick has earned numerous academic, professional, and scholarly awards and grants including the Driskell Prize, Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Predoctoral Fellowship, the Charles Gaius Bolin Fellowship at Williams College, CAA Distinguished Scholar, Rhoades Foundation Visiting Lectureship, and the UNM University Libraries Faculty Acknowledgement Award.

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2. REBECCA YEON AE COREY
(Tanzania)

Rebecca Corey
is the director of Nafasi Art Space, a centre for contemporary art in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which supports an artist collective, studio spaces, art workshops, artist residencies, exhibitions, and other public events, providing a meeting point for intensive dialogue between artists and the public. She has curated several group and solo exhibitions in Tanzania and organizes monthly interactive public art workshops and concerts. Rebecca is also a co-founder and former director of the Tanzania Heritage Project, an initiative for cultural preservation that seeks to revitalize heritage music, especially through the digitization of reel-to-reel archives. Rebecca was the Managing Director of Sauti za Busara festival in Zanzibar during 2012-14, and an advisor to Santuri Safari, an East African project that facilitates collaborations between traditional musicians and electronic music producers. She is the co- director and producer of a feature documentary film called ‘Wahenga’ (The Ancestors).


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3. FRANCISCO GUEVARA
(Mexico)

Francisco Guevara
 
is a visual artist and curator specializing in creating projects using contemporary art to promote Development by designing alternative models of social entrepreneurship for human development. He graduated with the degree of University Expert in Management and Planning of Development Cooperation Projects in the Fields of Education, Science and Culture from the Universidad Nacional de Estudios a Distancia (UNED) in Madrid, Spain, in coordination with the Organization of Latin American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI). He also received his postgraduate degree in Cultural Management and Communication from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He joined the Race, Gender and the Historiographies of Art Seminar at the University of New Mexico in 2009 to incorporate into his curatorial projects a broader understanding of identity in the local and international context. His work and projects emphasize the role of contemporary art practices as a tool for social change. His experience covers international projects including: intangible heritage, public art, exhibits and visual arts education. As an artist he has researched, studied and worked exploring the connection between food, rituals of eating and collective identity. He is Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Arquetopia Foundation.

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4. DR. KARIM KATTAN
(Palestine)

Karim Kattan, Ph.D.
, is a writer who lives between Bethlehem and Paris, where he recently completied a Ph.D. in comparative literature. In 2014, he cofounded el-Atlal, an international residency for artists and writers in Jericho, Palestine. He has written among others for The Paris Review, Vice's i-D, and The Funambulist. His first collection of short stories, Préliminaires pour un verger futur, was published in 2017 by Elyzad, and It was positively reviewed by national and local newspapers, radio and television shows in France and abroad, including Libération, lHumanité, Radio France International and TV5.

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5. DR. CARLOS RIVAS
(USA)


Carlos Rivas, Ph.D.
completed his doctorate in Art History at UCLA. Born in Los Angeles to undocumented parents who fled the Salvadoran civil war, Carlos has taught courses on Latin American visual and material culture at UCLA, Pitzer College, and Cal State Long Beach, and is involved in numerous Latinx artist and activist collectives in Southern California. His dissertation uses Mesoamerican spirituality and decolonial methodologies to analyze an eighteenth-century set of watercolor landscapes/maps from Central America, found in the lengthy Descripción Geográfico-Moral de la Diócesis de Goathemala. He also writes about Latinx artists working today in the U.S. southwest region and is interested in the contemporary use of ancient and colonial Mesoamerican iconography in art.


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6. SERDA YALKIN
(USA)


Serda Yalkin
is the Curatorial Assistant for the Arts of the Americas and European Collections at the Brooklyn Museum. At Brooklyn, she has worked on projects including Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World and French Moderns: From Monet to Matisse, 1850-1950 and serves on the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) committee. Her research interests include the intersection of art and activism in Latin America and de-colonial approaches to art and art history. While Serda has a regional focus, she believes in the importance of working with ideas that cross geo-political borders and is interested more broadly in issues of race, gender, and the historiography of art. Prior to working at the Brooklyn Museum, she worked for the Agustin Fernández Foundation with headquarters in New York and Paris. A Brooklyn based native New Yorker, she holds a B.A. in Art History from Bard College and a M.A. in Art History with a concentration in 20th century Latin American art and visual culture from the University of New Mexico.


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RESIDENCY PROGRAM DURATION / TIME PERIOD
Session of 6 weeks, Monday, June 6 to Monday, July 18, 2022.

WHAT THIS COMPREHENSIVE RESIDENCY PROGRAM INCLUDES
Seminars:
  • 30 hours in seminars with guest scholars
Technique Instruction & Critiques:
  • 27 hours master instruction (9 hours per week), materials included for the course
  • 27 hours collective critiques
Staff Support:
  • Each resident meets weekly with our directorial and curatorial staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and group critique
Accommodation and Meals:
  • Furnished, private bedroom
  • Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and large dining room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Use of Arquetopias residency common spaces including outdoor terraces
  • Shared, serviced bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
  • Housekeeping
Studio Workspace:
  • 24-hour access to large and bright, shared art studio with generous natural light
  • Personal workspace with large table and wall space
  • Some tools provided
  • On-site darkroom provided for photographers
  • On-site print/graphics studio provided for all participants
  • Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
  • Materials and supplies for additional project production not included but available for purchase locally

RESIDENCY PROGRAM TUITION INFO & APPLICATION DEADLINES
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