Arquetopia Synergy Award 2017 Recipient Announced!

Arquetopia Foundation has announced the 2017 recipient of the Arquetopia Synergy Award. Visual artist John Ildefonso (USA) was chosen for this award established by Arquetopia Foundation in 2015 which recognizes the work of international artists making an impact in the field of art and social transformation. Along with international recognition, the award includes a full fellowship to participate in ArquetopiaSUMMER 2017, a prestigious six-week critical international residency program in collaboration with the Museo Ex-Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City, the Museo de Arte Religioso Ex Convento de Santa Mónica in Puebla, and special guest scholars from the United States, Mexico, and Iran.

For this award, an international jury was invited to review more than 100 visual art projects from an international pool of past Arquetopia artists, curators, educators, and historians, assessing each project’s contribution to social change and a more complex understanding of encounters and differences. During his previous residency at Arquetopia Oaxaca, Ildefonso worked on a series of paintings altering scale and composition of Oaxacan traditional public signage to challenge the perception of familiarity of public spaces as stable regions limited by borders. Considering the scope reflected in the theme and technique addressed in his residency project, the jury unanimously selected Ildefonso for his contribution to a more complex understanding of local identities in a transnational context.

Founded in 2009, Arquetopia was established to promote Development and social transformation through contemporary art practices. Since it 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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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.

For the latest information, follow Arquetopia on Twitter and “Like” Arquetopia and Arquetopia Oaxaca on Facebook.  For press enquiries, contact: info@arquetopia.org

Arquetopia Puebla

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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
View of Arquetopia from the second floor
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
Artist bedroom 1
Artist bedroom 1
Artist bedroom 1
Artist bedroom 1
Artist bedroom 2
Artist bedroom 2
Artist bedroom 2
Artist bedroom 2
Artist bedroom 3
Artist bedroom 3
Artist bedroom 3
Artist bedroom 3
Artist restroom
Artist restroom
Artist shower
Artist shower
Artist restroom
Artist restroom
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.

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!

Guelaguetza Festival de Oaxaca

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This month Arquetopia is looking forward to The Guelaguetza Festival, without doubt the most important holiday and festival in Oaxaca. During July the seven regions of indigneous peoples come together, making a colorful dance party held in Cerro del Fortín, a giant amphitheatre which sits above Oaxaca on the hill west of the city. The performances happen on two Monday’s in July, and are called Lunes del Cerro. There are also street parades and other events all over the city and in areas around Oaxaca during the last few weeks of July… it’s an exciting time to be in the area.

Rethinking the Logic of Museums

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This Monday, 20th of May, Arquetopia is hosting a lecture by independent curator and Professor of Art Theory at the University of Barcelona, Martí Peran. Peran has collaborated with many contemporary art books and catalogues. He has imparted workshops on art criticism and curatorial practices in several international institutions and has lectured in  museums and universities in Barcelona, Madrid, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Cairo, New York and many other countries.

This Monday he will talking on the topic of “Rethinking the Logic of Museums: Research and curatorial practices” at the Hall Auditorium of the Autonomous University of Puebla. Carolino Building, 4 Sur No. 104, Centro Historico. Puebla, Pue. 72000.

Monday May 20 2013, 18:00 hrs. Admission is Free.