What this project is all about
This project consists of a two-month period of community-engaged research and sculptural practice taking place at Sculpture Space's art residency in Utica (New York) during the months of August and September 2018.
Sculpture Space provides specialist large-scale sculpture workshops and benefits from a unique setting at the heart of Utica, a city with a rich history of resettling refugees. Continuing my ongoing exploration of migration and displacement as topics from which to develop my sculptural work, I aim to dedicate this period to researching and working with Utica's refugee community to find out more about their experiences and to develop a new body of work.
Why this residency is important
Highlighting the significance of displaced communities
This project aims to highlight the universal significance of physical and psychological displacement due to consequences of war, exile or poverty. By investigating the realities of those who have created their home in exile, I aim to acknowledge and promote the importance of their individual and collective voices. Through documentation and dissemination, the project will generate a link between the reality of the local region and the wider debates on diaspora and exile currently taking place worldwide.
Enabling a community-engaged practice
This is a unique opportunity to introduce a community-engaged approach to my practice. Utica has a large population of Bosnian refugees who fled from the Yugoslav civil war in the nineties – the same period I migrated to the UK from Bosnia as a child – making it a unique setting to delve further into researching the results of displacement whilst also creating a link with my own personal history. This would enable my practice to expand into a realm outside of my own individual experience and into a more collective one, leading to new narratives which I aim to make an integral part of my future practice.
Accessing specialist facilities
The residency will provide access to a large-scale studio and workshop facilities enabling the making of larger, more technical work with the support of specialist technicians. This is a rare opportunity to develop work on a scale I wouldn’t otherwise be able to and to acquire new fabrication skills using industrial equipment in the residency's workshops.
What the money is going to fund
The funds raised through this campaign will contribute towards making this two-month residency possible. While Sculpture Space provides free studio and accommodation, I will be covering the costs of all community-engaged activities, transport, production materials and subsistence.
The funds will enable a number of workshops to take place in association with the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees. Here, I will be working together with a group of refugees to create works of art in response to individual experiences of geographic displacement through storytelling, map making, and interventions on personal and obtained objects.
Lastly, the funds will also go towards the costs of materials, production, and assistance in the making of the final sculptural installation at Sculpture Space.
In the event that this campaign goes beyond its goal, all remaining funds will contribute towards continuing the project back in the UK, where I will be producing a subsequent body of work for exhibition in 2019.
Who else is supporting this project
I have now confirmed collaboration with the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, a local charity known for their highly impactful work in the support and resettlement of displaced communities coming into the US from all over the world. They will have an invaluable role in reaching out to the local community with the purpose of arranging interviews, facilitating workshops and providing a platform for continuous engagement.
This project is partially funded by the a-n Artist Bursary and will benefit from online dissemination through their multiple channels. As part of the bursary activity, I will be sharing all stages of the project on their network a-n Blogs.
Below you can see examples of some of my previous drawings. These are for reference only as the drawings I will be sending out will be created exclusively for this campaign.
The is the painting print which you will get by donating £50. This is a museum-quality Giclee print in a limited edition of 50, signed and numbered by myself.
This is the Yugoslavia Map screen print which you can get by donating £80. This 3-colour print features a metallic silver ink (detail below) and comes in a limited edition of 24.
The Pillow artwork is hand-painted with felt-tip markers on a piece of reclaimed pillow fabric. Every piece is unique and created from reclaimed pillows from homes across London.
More about the artist
To look at my previous work, please visit my website at www.anacvorovic.com
Risks and challenges
The risks involved in the production and delivery of the rewards are mostly to do with timings. While I aim to send out most rewards by November, I might need some extra time to organize delivery to all supporters. However, everything should have been sent out by Christmas.
Regarding the residency itself, the challenge will be to make sure that there's enough time to pursue both the community-engaged activities and the sculptural work. It's an ambitious project, but planning ahead in collaboration with Sculpture Space and the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees will ensure all activity is organised and confirmed in advance.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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