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.
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.