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Artists-in-Residence

These are our current and past artists in residence.

Artists

Music

Christian Pahud

Drummer, multi-instrumentalist and electronic producer, Christian Pahud will be in Johannesburg on a three month residency where he hopes to create a mixed arts project based on the meeting between African culture and his own experiences and perspective as a Swiss artist. “My intention is to study possible interactions between music and plastic arts within …

September - December 2017 | Johannesburg - Fine Arts

Denise Bertschi

Denise Bertschi,  will be in South Africa to develop a second edition of the project ‘State Fiction’, during the course of her residency between mid-September and mid-December 2017.  In her project, Bertschi explores “the notion of neutrality, as an impossible, fictional thought and the silence that the “neutral moment” produces; a nothingness in which I …

07 - 13 August - Dance

Ariry Andriamoratsiresy

Jary, is a research residency Ariry Andriamoratsiresy ,from RARY dance company Madagascar, would like to set up in collaboration with Mauritian artists in May- June in Mauritius (from 28th May til 4th June 2017) and in August (from 7th to 13th August) in Madagascar. The main goal of this project is to begin to build …

July – September | Basel - Visual Arts

Mitchell Messina

Cape Town based artist Mitchell Gilbert Messina will be in Basel, Switzerland, on a 3 month residency with Atelier Mondial. Messina adopts a playful yet at the same time insistent stance in his work and arrives in Switzerland in the wake of Go Away Mitchell a solo exhibition at Stevenson Cape Town. Of his residency, …

May – June | Switzerland - Visual Arts

Vitshois Mwilambwe

Vitshois Mwilambwe is in Switzerland in May/June in the context of a month-long research and networking trip, aimed at building connection between his project and residency space in Kinshasa (DRC), Kin Art Studio, and relevant organisations and residency spaces in Switzerland. Mwilambwe will also participate in the Kongo am Rhein project led by Isabelle Chariatte …

June - July | Lavigny - Literature

Vonani Bila

Author Vonani Bila will be on a month-long residency at the Chateau de Lavigny , a writer’s residency in the Vaud, Switzerland, located between Lausanne and Geneva. Bila is the author of five books of poems in English, namely No Free Sleeping – with Alan Finlay and Donald Parenzee (Botsotso Publishing, 1998), In the name …

June - July | Basel - Visual Arts

Talya Lubinsky

Talya Lubinsky,  an artist based in Johannesburg, will be in Basel on a research residency for a month during June/July. She completed her Masters dissertation on the politics of mess and order as strategies of display at the University of Witwatersrand. She produced the inaugural exhibition, titled, “If we burn, there is ash”, at the …

June - July | Geneva, Basel - Multi-Disciplinary

Sugar Free | Pungwe Nights Research Residency

Zen Marie, Memory Biwa, Robert Machiri The Sugar Free | Pungwe research residency of Zen Marie (artist, lecturer and theorist, South Africa), Robert Machiri (artist and musician, Zimbabwe) and Memory Biwa (historian and artist, Namibia) in Geneva will involve archival work, staged discussions, performances and exhibitions concerned with “critically re-imagining and re-mapping colonial histories through …

May - June | Geneva - Performance Art

Albert ‘Ibokwe’ Khoza

Born and based in Johannesburg, Albert ‘Ibokwe’ Khoza is an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and performance artist. Khoza will be on a studio residency at the Embassy of Foreign Artists in Geneva, from May to June. His works continuously reveal and project a state of mind of a loner individual who is a gay man …

26 May - 10 June | Antananarivo - Visual Arts

Krishna Luchoomun

Born in Mauritius in 1962, Krishna Luchoomun holds an M.A in Fine Arts from the ex-USSR Academy of Arts. He lives and work in Mauritius. In 2003 together with some artists friends he initiated “pARTage” an artist led art organisation working for the promotion of contemporary art in Mauritius. He is the leader of the …

02 - 23 May - SDC

Stephen Biko Mutsaurwa Chisuvi

Stephen Biko Mutsaurwa Chisuvi is a Shona poet, Hip Hop artist and community activist. He is the founder of UHURU Network, an educational trust that uses cultural activism and popular education to advance the struggle for freedom of expression and social justice in Zimbabwe. Chisuvi will collaborate with hip hop artists and activists in three …

15 March - 15 April 2017 - SDC

Tawanda Takura

Tawanda Takura will spend a month in Mauritius making new work in the context of Village Unhu in Harare and pARTage in Mauritius exploring an ongoing residency exchange. Takura is a sculptor who works in assemblage art with found objects and mostly old shoes. “I work with old shoes because they have a deeper meaning; …

05 - 26 March 2017 - SDC

Sixte Paluku Kakinda

Lubumbashi  native Kakinda will be in Johannesburg to  work towards the development of a graphic novel inspired by the dense complexity of Yeoville, an inner city suburb of Johannesburg. “My Island called Ekhaya is a graphic novel inspired by Yeoville, a suburb of Johannesburg, reserved for and by jews before to become a property of …

April – June - Fine Arts

Georgina Maxim

Georgina Maxim will be mining oral and dress traditions during her residency at the Embassy of Foreign Artists in Geneva. Her work involves the collecting of dresses and the re-enacting / re-imagining of their original context of creation and use, through the deployment of materials inspired by stories. Her time in Geneva will be used …

April - June - Fine Arts

Miranda Moss

Multimedia artist Miranda Moss’ residency arises from an interest in the presence of invasive species of plant and fungi in Switzerland and how these phenomena resonate with contemporary and pressing questions around globalisation and colonialism. She is interested in the idea of nature as a pure and extra-cultural phenomenon, and the ways in which landscape …

April – June - Fine Arts

James Webb

James Webb will be on a residency in Switzerland for three months, hosted by Atelier Mondial in Basel. He  intends to use his time to explore a set of current thematic concerns relating to uncertainty, the voice in public space, and the creative and spiritual uses of disorientation. He intends to connect with the rich …

4 April – 4 May - Music

Luca Forcucci

Luca Forcucci is a composer, artist, writer and scholar of Swiss and Italian citizenship based in Berlin. He will be conducting research in the SADC region as part of his  research residency. His research observes the perceptive and dynamic properties/relations of sound and space. The field of possibilities is explored in music and art as …

February - March 2017 - Fine Arts

Christoph Oeschger

During his residency Christoph Oeschger would like to explore the complex historical, political and economic threads that connect Switzerland to the ‘City of Gold’ through the medium of the precious metal. The residency will be a continuation of his work ‘AU’, which will consist of photographs and documentation in the mining, refining, jewellery, storage, technology …

February – March 2017 | Cape Town, Johannesburg - Design

Lela Scherrer

Fashion designer Lela Scherrer established her independent studio in Antwerp and Basel in 2002. Recently, she has launched her own line showing the personal creative vision which has brought her national and international acclaim. Scherrer has in the past collaborated with companies such as Dries van Noten, ELLE, Walter van Beirendonck and Wim Neels. Her …

February - April 2017 - Fine Arts

Nico Krebs

After working on a project that focused on the landmass in the East of Europe, Nico Krebs would like to explore a new part of the world with his residency in Johannesburg. He would like to continue his photographic, sculptural and film practice and focus on a line between the documentary approach and fictional story …

February 2017 - Music

Leonard de Muralt and Simon Acevedo

February 2017 Leonard de Muralt and Acevedo are ChâteauGhetto and will be in SA in February to work towards their second album. They will be collaborating with Johannesburg based artists such as Gilles Furtwangler (CH) and Robert Machiri (Zim), among others. Simon is currently doing a master’s and his thesis is about appropriation, diaspora and …

January 2017 - Fine Arts

Azu Nwagbogu

Founder and director of LagosPhoto, Nwagbogu will participate in Plat(t)form 2017 – Forum for New European Photography in Winterthur, as well as allocate time for general network development in Switzerland. The LagosPhoto Festival, is an annual international arts festival of photography which brings leading local and international photographers in dialogue with multifaceted stories of Africa. …

November 2016 - Fine Arts

Georg Gatsas

After working on an eight-year photographic series titled “Signal The Future”, that included shooting some of SA’s underground musicians for various British publications, photographer and artist Georg Gatsas will be on a three-month residency in Johannesburg. Through his photography, Gatsas, 37, explores subjects such life in megacities, gentrification, migration politics, music and the digital revolution. …

November 2016 - Theatre

Alessandro Schiattarella

Dancer and choreographer Alessandro Schiattarella returns to South Africa after six years, to participated at the Unmute Artsability Festival in Cape Town, as part of his residency. Schiattarella first travelled to SA as part of an East West Theater Company Sarajevo production in 2010. As part at the residency, Schiattarella would like to meet, share …

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November - December 2016 - Theatre

Antje Schupp

Director and performer Antje Schupp will be in South Africa for a three-month residency that will be divided between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Schupp takes a multi-disciplinary approach to theatre making and creates works with a focus on contemporary socio-political developments, with an emphasis on collaboration. “In my works, I often use documentary and scientific …