Day of the Dead Artist Residencies 2015 – Puebla or Oaxaca, Mexico

dotdELIGIBILITY: emerging and mid-career, national and international artists and designers age 25 and over.
DEADLINE: Apply Now Through Monday, August 24, 2015.

Visit our website at www.arquetopia.org to view both of our spectacular new residency spaces in Puebla and Oaxaca.

E-mail us at info@arquetopia.org for more info or to apply.

Create and participate in southern Mexico’s spectacular Day of the Dead celebrations in the extraordinary multicultural kaleidoscopes of Puebla or Oaxaca. This residency is offered at a term of 5 or 6 weeks, starting on September 28 or October 5, 2015. Self-directed and instructional residencies eligible.

THE DAY OF THE DEAD
As practiced by the indigenous communities of Mexico, el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) commemorates the transitory return to Earth of deceased relatives and loved ones. The festivities take place each year at the end of October to the beginning of November. This period also marks the completion of the annual cycle of cultivation of maize, the country’s predominant food crop. Families facilitate the return of the souls to Earth by laying flower petals, candles and offerings along the path leading from the cemetery to their homes. The deceased’s favorite dishes are prepared and placed around the home shrine and the tomb alongside flowers and typical handicrafts, such as paper cut-outs. Great care is taken with all aspects of the preparations, for it is believed that the dead are capable of bringing prosperity (e.g. an abundant maize harvest) or misfortune (e.g. illness, accidents, financial difficulties) upon their families depending on how satisfactorily the rituals are executed. The dead are divided into several categories according to cause of death, age, sex and, in some cases, profession. A specific day of worship, determined by these categories, is designated for each deceased person. This encounter between the living and the dead affirms the role of the individual within society and contributes to reinforcing the political and social status of Mexico’s indigenous communities. –Inscribed in 2008 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (originally proclaimed by UNESCO in 2003).

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Artist-in-Residence Ingrid Mesquita (Canada)

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Artist-in-Residence and Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015 Recipient Ellen Bepp (USA)

Announcing the NEW Arquetopia Oaxaca International Artist Residency! Photo Slide Show!

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Arquetopia Oaxaca’s new alpine-style villa in the peaceful countryside village of San Pablo Etla, Oaxaca. Photo by R. Camargo

New as of April 2015: In contributing to more focused environmental consciousness and renewing our commitment to sustainability and nature, we are excited to announce the new Arquetopia Oaxaca. This new space honors Oaxaca’s traditions by incorporating into our residency a deeper comprehension of how art and the surrounding ecosystem coexist harmonically. Arquetopia’s residency spaces continue to be open for dialogue, exchanges, and encounters while emphasizing our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, reusing materials, and recycling waste.

Our alpine-style villa hosts up to five artists at a time, with sweeping mountain and city views from the artist rooms.

In this countryside space, the intersection of art and nature set the tone for reflection, research and production. We welcome artists who are interested in developing projects with non-toxic techniques and seeking a deeper connection with the community, nature, and the environment. Artists are also encouraged to participate in diverse activities such as fieldtrips, cycling, and hiking as well as helping to maintain our organic orchard.

Visit our Open Calls + Deadlines to apply now through Monday, April 27.

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Along with the individual live/work space for each resident, Arquetopia Oaxaca has a larger shared art studio. Photo by R. Camargo

Our residents will enjoy a safe and peaceful environment surrounded by the mountains of San Pablo, a nature reserve of 7,500 acres with rich biodiversity. The residency center is located in the countryside village of San Pablo Etla, only 20 minutes away from the center of the city of Oaxaca on the south side; and to the north, it is only 20 minutes away from the Centro de las Artes San Agustín, an early 20th-century textile mill transformed into a spectacular arts center.

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Arquetopia Oaxaca’s dining room and common space.

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Arquetopia Oaxaca’s common space. Photo by J.L. Jiménez

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The mountain view from an artist bedroom at Arquetopia Oaxaca.

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One of the live/work spaces for residents at Arquetopia Oaxaca.

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One of the live/work spaces for residents at Arquetopia Oaxaca.

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One of the live/work spaces for residents at Arquetopia Oaxaca.

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The mountain view from an artist bedroom at Arquetopia Oaxaca. Photo by J.L. Jiménez

Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015 Recipients Announced! Five Outstanding International Artists

Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015 Recipients, clockwise from top left: Brent Erickson (USA), Sheetul Goorah (Mauritius), Marina Yerali (Cyprus), Bronwyn Treacy (Australia), and Ellen Bepp (USA).

Recipients of the Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015, clockwise from top left: Artists-in-Residence Brent Erickson (USA), Sheetul Goorah (Mauritius), Marina Yerali (Cyprus), Bronwyn Treacy (Australia), and Ellen Bepp (USA).

In conjunction with its fifth anniversary, Arquetopia Foundation announces artists Bronwyn Treacy (Australia), Marina Yerali (Cyprus), Sheetul Goorah (Mauritius), Ellen Bepp (USA), and Brent Erickson (USA) as the five recipients of the Arquetopia Synergy Award 2015.  The award consists of an artist residency on full scholarship during 2015 and exhibition of the awardees’ work at a major Mexican cultural center or museum in the city of Puebla, Mexico.

An international jury was invited to review more than 200 projects of past international artists-in-residence over the Foundation’s history, assessing each residency project’s contribution to a more nuanced perspective and understanding of Mexican complex history and culture.  Considering the scope reflected in the theme and technique, the jury unanimously selected the awardees and their projects as follows:

Mr. Erickson developed a series of lithography prints reviewing the influence of Mexican Modernism and Art Deco in the design of lamps and chairs.  Ms. Treacy developed a social practice and educational art project exploring the impact of student movements in the history and development of social change in Mexico.   Ms. Bepp explored the spiritual and ritual intersections between Mexican and Japanese traditions of commemorating the deceased through an installation of natural dyed paper and embroidery. Ms. Yerali’s project researched the communication structure of Mesoamerican codexes and their influence in colonial printmaking and book binding techniques, resulting in an artist book. Ms. Goorah developed a series of nature inspired watercolors patterns using natural dyes, expanding the comprehension of Mexico and South Asian traditions and exchanges in this area.

Founded in 2009, Arquetopia was established to promote Development and social transformation through contemporary art practices.  Since its inception, the Foundation seeks to open new horizons though international exchanges while confronting art and social transformation.  The core of the Foundation is Sustainable Development through four principles embodied in all of Arquetopia’s programs and activities: social awareness, shared responsibility, innovation, and local networks development. The Arquetopia Synergy Award recognizes outstanding art practices including the following features: social scope; quality; synergy; collaboration; innovation; viability; reciprocity; and respect for local knowledge.

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THE UNVEILING OF OUR NEW PUEBLA RESIDENCY SPACE!

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View of Arquetopia from the garden

New for 2015: A large, spectacular, four-story 1939 Mexican Colonial castle-style compound conveniently located in Puebla’s central historic district and close to the Zócalo (city square) accommodates the offices, residency space for up to ten artists-in-residence, and numerous production spaces of Arquetopia. Recently and artfully renovated, the residency offers large, natural-light studios; a natural-light art gallery; a classroom; a darkroom; a music studio; ten furnished bedrooms; an indoor/outdoor dining facility for 20 persons; an open-access kitchen; furnished outdoor terraces; a botanical garden; a research library; and a residents’ rooftop lounge.

View of Arquetopia from above the garden

View of Arquetopia from above the garden

View of Arquetopia from above the garden

View of Arquetopia from above the garden

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View of Arquetopia’s artist dining hall from the second floor

View of Arquetopia's second-floor terrace

View of Arquetopia’s second-floor terrace

Night view of Arquetopia from the garden

Night view of Arquetopia from the garden

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View of Arquetopia’s main art studio

View of Arquetopia's main art studio, with instructional course in session

View of Arquetopia’s main art studio, with instructional course in session

Night view of Arquetopia from the garden

View of Arquetopia from the garden

View of Arquetopia's main art studio from the second-floor terrace

View of Arquetopia’s main art studio from the second-floor terrace

View of the second floor residence hall from the terrace

Night view of Arquetopia’s second-floor residence hall from the terrace

View of the second-floor residence hall from the terrace

Night view of Arquetopia’s second-floor residence hall from the terrace

View of the second-floor residence hall from the terrace

Night view of Arquetopia’s second-floor residence hall from the terrace

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View of the interior of Arquetopia's music studio

Interior view of Arquetopia’s music studio

Exterior view of Arquetopia's music studio

Exterior view of Arquetopia’s music studio

The Puebla Cathedral and other landmarks comprise this downtown view from Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

The Puebla Cathedral and other landmarks comprise this downtown view from Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Winter Holidays 2014 at Arquetopia Castle – Puebla, Mexico

Our first Christmas in the castle. Arquetopia’s new home as of July 1, 2014: a 1939 Colonial Mexican California-style castle in the central historic district of Puebla, Mexico. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU AND YOURS!

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HAPPY FIFTH ANNIVERSARY!

fifth2Arquetopia is turning five years old! We are pleased to announce that our Staff and Board of Directors are reviewing all of our Artists-in-Residence from over the past five years. We are selecting five outstanding past residents who have best embodied Arquetopia’s mission and are celebrating our fifth anniversary by recognizing them with a special honor and exclusive opportunity for 2015. More news to come!

Arquetopia’s Spectacular New Castle in Puebla’s Central Historic District!

Exterior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

NEW SLIDE SHOW!  A preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new, permanent home for 2015: a 1939 Colonial Mexican California-style castle in the central historic district of Puebla, Mexico. Currently under an artful revamp, the incredible artist residency will include ten artist bedrooms; spacious, natural-light studios; a natural-light art gallery; a classroom; a printmaking studio; a photography darkroom; a natural pigments lab; an indoor/outdoor dining facility; furnished outdoor terraces; gardens; a library; and a small retail store.

Arquetopia is now accepting applications for all of our Puebla and Oaxaca artist residencies in 2015.  View our main website at www.arquetopia.org for more information, and e-mail us at info@arquetopia.org to apply.

An exterior preview of Arquetopia's beautiful new home.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

An exterior preview of Arquetopia's beautiful new home.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

An exterior preview of Arquetopia's new home.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

An exterior preview of Arquetopia's new home.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Exterior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

    Interior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Interior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Interior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Interior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Interior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Interior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Interior preview of Arquetopia's spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

Interior preview of Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.

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The Puebla Cathedral and other landmarks comprise this downtown view from Arquetopia’s spectacular new home in the central historic district of Puebla, southern Mexico.