Dwelling Projects is a student based initiative project that promotes local and international art venues!
We are an artist collective travelling to Ecuador, renting a house for 30 days and making artwork based on contemporary issues happening in the country.
Our goal is to immerse in the culture and spark motivation within ourselves, local Ecuadorians and Miami based artists to venture to new and exciting places.
Dwelling is a project set in Florida that flourished in August of 2012. Artists Nathalie Alfonso and Sofia Bastidas opened their house to show the work of emerging visual artists who are enthusiastic to share their artwork outside of the conventional gallery venue.
The more recent and current project entails our interests in the identity and cultural heritage that underlines the Latin American roots.
For this reason we are pursuing To Ecuador and Back our first student based initiative residency program.
Four artist from the collective will participate.
In order to fund To Ecuador and Back, we are creating this Kickstarter video, in which we are asking for $5,000 to help afford the flight tickets to Ecuador + other expenses
In addition we are selling 300 Silkscreen T-shirts and tote bags to fund the making of our catalog that will document our residency To Ecuador and Back!
To Ecuador and Back!
Dwelling artists will venture to our first one-month residency program in Ecuador.
This environment will fuel critical thinking and dialogue between local professional artists and Dwelling artists alike, enriching their studies and encouraging valuable networking.
Throughout the residency, we'll also be given the unique opportunity to experience Ecuador’s dynamic art scene and thriving historical culture. The project requires that we rent a house that will act not only as a living facility to host all individuals, but to serve as a studio to produce work, and also as a venue to host an exhibition at the end of the residency. The house will act as a dwelling space for the artists communal gatherings. This will empower the Dwelling artists to mature their ideas into an interesting and provocative resolution of their own project, while still applying their efforts to the overall collaboration of the community.
It is highly important to recognize that perusing a project like this is challenging and thought provoking because it’s a complete new experience, but we see this as a great impulse to take our artistic career to the next level.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
There are the possibility that we do not find the places to show the work once we come back or hold workshops. Also people from our project decide not to go. But we are convinced, that if we are motivated by our own convictions we can do anything, we will pull through. If the places we already have in mind to show in, hold workshops and talks, refuse or change their minds, we will find other locations. We can create a solely student based correspondance, where everything is hosted on university grounds. Simply, any risk or challenge will be just that and will be matched and conquered.
Participating artists: Nathalie Alfonso, Sofía Bastidas, Andres Ramirez and Edison Peñafiel. All of them born in Latin America and raised or moved to Miami.
Nathalie Alfonso graduated from Broward College with an AA on Fine Arts, at this time she was specifically working with ceramics and sculpture. Today Nathalie is attending the BFA program at Florida International University. She has exhibit and performed in The Miami Performance International Festival 2012, The Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, Buena Vista Bldg., Pompano Citi Centre and Broward College Fine Art Gallery. Nathalie is interested in exploring the approaches of labor and its outcomes. She builds structures manipulated with materials such as plastic, glass and clay in order to transform spaces.
Sofia Bastidas graduated from Florida International University in Art History. As a curator and art historian Sofia has curated two Dwelling Projects shows, she curated and collaborated with Ecuadorian Artist Teo Monsalve in “El Despertar”, exhibit in GC Gallery at Florida International University and Perform in Noh-Bari at Dwelling Projects venue. In her work, Sofia is driven by the holistic well being and the capacity to nurture the people around her not only as an artist but as a curator. These orchestrated meals can offer radical hospitality that punctures in everyday experiences, using meals as a means to shift perceptions and spark encounters that aren’t always possible in fast moving and segmented society.
Edison Peñafiel graduated with A.A. in Visual Arts in Broward College. Edison has been selected to exhibit in the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood Biennial, The Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale, The North Hall Gallery in Davie and Broward College Fine Art Gallery. Edison work evolves from personal and collective social experiences as well as fantasy, giving birth to surrealistic photographic compositions that explore the abuse of power, institutional impositions, and inequality of the social strata; his intention is to question, reveal and express opposition to social injustice.
Andres Ramirez graduated with his BFA from Florida International University. He has exhibit in The Frost Art Museum, Workhouse Art Center, Dina Mitrani Gallery, Buena Vista Bldg, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach Urban Studios and BC Fine Art Gallery in Fort Lauderdale. Andres works as a photographer here he is able to explore the transitory qualities of identity, places and objects.