Arquetopia Oaxaca

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



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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
New as of 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 four 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 field trips, cycling, and hiking as well as helping to maintain our organic garden.
Our residents 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 30 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. Though cheap, everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity into the city, Arquetopia provides scheduled transportation into downtown Oaxaca twice per week by van.
Photo by J.L. Jiménez
Photo by J.L. Jiménez
Arquetopia Oaxaca’s dining room and common space.
Arquetopia Oaxaca’s common space. Photo by J.L. Jiménez
The mountain view from an artist bedroom at Arquetopia Oaxaca.
One of the live/work spaces for residents at Arquetopia Oaxaca.
One of the live/work spaces for residents at Arquetopia Oaxaca.
One of the live/work spaces for residents at Arquetopia Oaxaca.
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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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!