What is the EXCHANGE: a home-based artist residency?
EXCHANGE: a home-based artist residency is a thesis project by Hyejung Jang, a Curatorial Practice MFA candidate at Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA) in partnership with School 33 Art Center*. EXCHANGE is designed to explore new ways and potential for forming intimate connections between artists and community members by supporting emerging artists, and integrating contemporary art into everyday life.
This is a two-month long project—from January 23 to March 23, 2013—placing two emerging international artists with two local families in Baltimore. It transforms the home into a fertile platform of new experience, cross-cultural dialogue, social integration, education, and art while the artists live with the host families. The work created by the artist during their residency will be exhibited at School 33 from March 22 to May 25.
* School 33 Art Center : School 33 is a non-profit art organization in Baltimore has been the bridge between contemporary artists and the viewing public through exhibitions, studios for artists, classes for adults and children and special events and workshops. For this project School 33 is graciously donating a studio space while the artists are staying in Baltimore and provide the space for the final exhibition.
Who are the participants?
The two participating artists have been chosen from different cultural backgrounds and countries. Kityi Wong is originally from Hong Kong, China and Elisa Garcia de La Huerta is from Chile. These emerging international artists are sharing common interests in a sense of understanding and belonging, consideration of identity and the issue of culture exchanging. Please check their website to learn more about them.
Kityi Wong: http://kityi-n-ali.tumblr.com,
Elisa Garcia de La Huerta: http://www.elisaghs.com
Two host families have been carefully selected to accommodate the artists during their stay. The generous and curious participants are providing a room for their artists and participating every program.
How will we use the money raised?
With your donations, we can coordinate public programs such as workshops and an open studio to share participants’ experience. Also your funds will provide a better exhibition and published catalog.
What does this mean for the rest of the community and art world?
Socially Engaged Art often struggles to achieve sustainability, and the gap between the art world and the community at large persists after the project is completed. EXCHANGE confronts this issue directly by taking art and artists into the very foundation of a society, the home. This experimental Socially Engaged Art project will recall the meaning of the home both in individuals and universally to people and suggest a creative way to connect the art world and the community.
We truly hope you'll consider donating to this project. Also we would love for you to share your perspectives by leaving a comment or by participating in the public programming of the exhibition. If you are interested in this project or have any questions, please be sure contact us and share this project on facebook. Thank you!
Risks and challenges
Potential setbacks may occur with the relationship between the artists and the hosts, their commitments, and public participation. We will also be consulting with the participants throughout the process, and may need to address unforeseen concerns. However we have been communicating and with the participants since the summer and developing the project based on the communication also we have received signed letter of understandings from all participants, so are confident we can make it successfully.
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