In the frame of the third edition of Beirut Pride, Kaaysá Art Residency and Beirut Pride announced, on Monday 30 September 2019, their collaboration for a 4-week art residency in the Atlantic rain forest in Brazil, during the month of May 2020.
OPEN CALL FOR ARTISTS
Kaaysá Art Residency x Beirut Pride
May - June 2020, São Paulo, Brazil
Kaaysá is a residency for artists, writers and other creators who wish to develop their poetics from intimate contact with the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, the sea and community of fishermen, “caiçaras” and natives that inhabit their environment. Kaaysá is an autonomous organization that contributes to artistic development through the construction of a creative and collaborative network.
Following an open call for participation, 15 Lebanese applicants and 5 Brazilian artists will be selected to reflect and produce art that reverberates on their perception of sexual and gender diversity with a focus on Lebanon. During the art residency in Brazil, local curators, art collectors, gallery owners, editors, writers and thinkers will join the multidisciplinary group for conversations. Artistic activities, technical practice and research visits will be scheduled according to the demands of the group. The 4-week residency will conclude with a collective exhibition hosted in Galeria Rabieh in São Paulo in the frame of São Paulo Pride in June 2020. The exhibition will then travel to Lebanon for a display that starts with Beirut Art Fair 2020. The Brazilian artists will join the Lebanese group in Beirut for the exhibition closing-talk at the end of Beirut Pride 2020, where the 2021 theme of the residency will be launched.
A four-week residency in May 2020 followed with a collective exhibition at Galeria Rabieh in São Paulo in the frame of São Paulo Pride in June 2020. The exhibition will then come to Lebanon for a display that starts with Beirut Art Fair and finishes at the end of Beirut Pride 2020 with a closing talk where the 2021 theme will be launched.
Sexual and gender diversity with a focus on Lebanon
May - June 2020 (Brazil)
September - October 2020 (Lebanon)
WHO CAN APPLY?
Visual artists, writers, photographers, sculptors, musicians, curators, dancers, designers, researchers, architects, philosophers, scientists, actors, filmmakers, dancers, performers and curators;
Priority will be given to persons who identify as LGBTIQA+;
Prior experience is not a requirement, but a portfolio and a concept note are a must;
All applicants must
Be able to speak and understand English in order to communicate with staff, other artists and the local community;
Be able to participate in the full residency program over the whole period;
Be able to understand and follow the objective of the art residency, and conduct their activities autonomously during their stay;
Be able to follow the regulations of the facility;
Be able to commit to a prior cycle of conferences and reading material before the residency;
Be able to commit to being in Lebanon during Beirut Pride 2020 to join the multidisciplinary group in talks and exhibition closing;
Lebanese applicants must be based in Lebanon;
Brazilian applicants must be based in Brazil.
Selected artists are expected to commit to the program objectives and to participate in goodwill.
WHAT WE PROVIDE
individual or double rooms, large collective studio, Wi-Fi, woodworking machinery, kiln, audio recording studio, open-air production space, equipped kitchen, bikes, indoor parking, swimming pool, movie room and a sports court;
exhibition production costs;
exhibition costs in Galeria Rabieh;
participants receive all documentation necessary to apply for funding and for the visa process;
set up of the collective exhibition in Beirut.
Selected participants cover
their round-trip flight Beirut-São Paulo;
Health and travel insurance;
the 4-week residency fees of USD 1,500 (USD 50 per day) including facility access (individual or double rooms, large collective studio, Wi-Fi, woodworking machinery, kiln, audio recording studio, open-air production space, equipped kitchen, bikes, indoor parking, swimming pool, movie room and a sports court), production costs and exhibition costs in Galeria Rabieh;
about USD 200 to 300 for the food expenses.
AWARDS & GRANTS
Applicants can apply for financial assistance that will be awarded on the basis of needs and portfolio.
HOW TO APPLY?
Please send us an e-mail which should include:
CV with full official address (max. 300 words)
An artist statement;
Portfolio with 10 images and description (low resolution - max. 5MB in total);
Concept note, the preproject to be developed in the residency (max. 500 words);
Answer the following question in the way that best suits you: why do you wish to participate in the Beirut Pride x Kaaysá Art Residency project?
Send the application to firstname.lastname@example.org and to email@example.com.
30 October 2019 - No applications will be accepted after this date.
October 2019 - Call for applications
December 2019, early - Selection of participants
December 2019, late - Participants confirm their participation
January 2020 - Payment of fees
March 2020 - Visa applications, art exhibition reading material
May 2020 - Art residency
June 2020 - Collective exhibition at Galeria Rabieh in the frame of São Paulo Pride 2020
September 2020 - Collective exhibition opens in Beirut in the frame of Beirut Art Fair 2020
October 2020 - Collective exhibition closing-talk in the presence of the Brazilian artists; exhibitions closes at the end of Beirut Pride 2020.
Galeria Rabieh has been part of São Paulo contemporary art scene for over 10 years. Starting in 2018, it became hybrid, more cultural and less commercial, a gap where independent forms of occupation and new relationships are being experienced. Galeria Rabieh promotes and supports independent artists, with special attention to Kaaysá’s community.
Beirut Pride is a collaborative platform that takes a positive stance against hate and discrimination based on sexual and gender diversity. It takes place over several days, and is based on the creative industries that reflect and communicate on the LGBTIQ+ file in Lebanon through militant, cultural, artistic and celebratory provocations.