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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.