Ferrara Residency 2017
02/09 - 04/10/17
Ferrara Residency was developed with the aim of inviting a group of artists to take part in a research period in Ferrara, offering them a studio space at Studio Carmelino and inviting them to join and contribute to a program of discussions, presentations and reading groups.
During Ferrara Residency, the participants had the chance to discover the historical and cultural heritage of Ferrara and its surroundings, to visit exhibitions and cultural spaces in Ferrara and other nearby cities, such as Bologna and Venice, and to engage in a dialogue with local artists, institutions and communities. As a culmination of the residency, from the 27th of September to the 4th of October 2017, Galleria del Carbone and GATE/Porta hosted an exhibition showcasing the works developed by the artists during the previous weeks.
Ferrara Residency originates from reflections on the role of artists and curators in today’s society, functioning within an art system that reproduces itself through increasing quantities of low-paid or unpaid work, demands constant flexibility and is pervaded by an increasing sense of precarity. Within this context, what does it mean to curate an artistic project and how to do so, precisely, “with care”?
With the residency project, our aim is to reflect on the conditions of creative research and immaterial work, which requires high emotional involvement and continuous attention and care towards the work itself, the people and the communities involved. Throughout the 2017’s edition, we have reflected on the need to think together through themes such as work, slowness, vulnerability, the importance of processes of collaboration and modalities of working together in order to provide an alternative to the exhaustion, anxiety and individualism that we experience today under networked capitalism.
Participants: Henry Bradley, Joe Campbell, Irena Czepcova, Marianna Feher, Bridie Gane, Athene Greig, Sandi Hudson-Francis, George Jepson, Lucie Kordacova, Josefina Malmegård, Karolina Mikeskova, Tom Savery