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 Oaxaca

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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

 

 

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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.
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Photo by J.L. Jiménez
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Photo by J.L. Jiménez
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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 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
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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
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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.