For the last 5 years I've dreamed about opening a residency/exhibition space in Puglia. I finally found the right space. With the help of your generous donations, the project can be fully realized.
The project will host several artists, curators and writers at a time. The space will have an advisory committee and lend itself to contemporary practices, research, publications and exhibitions. The villa is very close to the sea, farms, hilltop towns, the city of Lecce and more. The funds would help me purchase the building and land, that includes 2 acres of olive trees and a building to house artists and exhibitions.
There is a need for more contemporary art spaces in rural Southern Italy, not only to research contemporary practices, but also to rediscover/discover the history surrounding the space.
What Is Needed
I've been working really hard to get this project up and running, and I am seeking support at this initial stage. There are designs to extend the building, and the villa needs an updated bathroom and kitchen. With your generous donations, I can guarantee the purchase of the property and the success of the project.
A publication is in the works, as well as plans for the first exhibition in mid-2019 with a visiting curator and a group of international artists. The project is forming a group of institutional advisors and the support of a strong community.
I came to Puglia about 5 years ago on the advice of a gallery I worked with in Turin. It was fortuitous - I had been studying women as witches in New England, and I began to read about Tarantism in Southern Italy; mourning rituals, and female labor. I have tremendous respect for the area and its people. A space like this in Puglia would be the first of its kind. Puglia is located in the stiletto heel of Italy's boot, and the space is only a few miles from the Adriatic sea and natural preserve; 40 minutes from Lecce; close to the towns of Ostuni, Carovigno and Cisternino.
The project is offering Kickstarter exclusive rewards for your generous donations. Artist designed publication, ceramics, paintings and sculpture, as well as fully independent stays at the Villa (come in November and pick your olives). Rewards include artworks made through the project by Trisha Baga, Gina Beavers, Daniel Boccato, Patrice Renee Washington, Jean-Baptiste Bernadet and Jamie Sneider.
Jamie Sneider currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Exhibitions include SculptureCenter (Queens, New York); Gianni Manhattan (Vienna, Austria); NEOCHROME (Turin, Italy); Feuer/Mesler (New York, NY); Thierry Goldberg (New York, NY); Alpineum Produzentengalerie (Lucerne, Switzerland); The Living Art Museum (Reykjavík, Iceland), and Zach Feuer (New York, NY).
Residencies include Treignac Projet (Treignac, France) and Parsons Paris (Paris, France). Sneider has a BFA from New York University, and an MFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts.
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Risks and challenges
The project space will be a dedication along with my own practice, but I have a strong community of artists, writers and curators who are committed to the project. I see the space as part of my work, and a project that will contribute to contemporary art and collaborative practices in Southern Italy. I have a strong commitment to the space and the participating artists.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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