Deadline: August 15, 2016
Arquetopia Natural Pigments Instructional Artist Residency
Day of the Dead Festival and Harvest Holiday Special Sessions, Fall 2016
Oaxaca, Southern Mexico. Apply Now through Monday, August 15
For a limited time, we are now welcoming applications for Day of the Dead Festival special session, Fall 2016. With master instruction, learn to create traditional Mexican Textiles (back-strap weaving or embroidery) in the countryside of Oaxaca, southern Mexico.
Extendable 3-week terms.
Apply Now through Monday, August 15, 2016. Applications are evaluated for selection in the order received vs. after the deadline: http://www.arquetopia.org/our-artist-residencies/2014-10-12-17-29-20/mexican-textiles-residency
THE DAY OF THE DEAD
As practiced by the indigenous communities of Mexico, el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) commemorates the transitory return to Earth of deceased relatives and loved ones. The festivities take place each year at the end of October to the beginning of November. Great care is taken with all aspects of the preparations, for it is believed that the dead are capable of bringing prosperity or misfortune upon their families depending on how the rituals are executed.
Inscribed 2008, Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (originally proclaimed by UNESCO in 2003).
The Mexican Textiles Instructional Artist Residency is a production residency that includes 3 weeks of master instruction (27 hours total; 9 hours per week) in Mexican textiles techniques. Residents learn how to use the traditional back-strap loom, including how to assemble it, and basic weaving techniques; or they learn Mexican embroidery techniques for which we offer instruction in the following: cross-stitching, chain-stitching, shading, and pepenado hilván; or they learn tapestry techniques, using the large floor loom. Each technique is offered separately. Residents wishing to do multiple techniques may apply for consecutive residencies.
OUR ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMS
Our Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid- career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, journalists, writers, and cultural researchers age 25 and over. Our programs are based on a non-exploitative model promoting social consciousness. Residents are strongly encouraged to explore various ways of cultural exchange as part of their artistic and/or research goals and to actively engage in critical discussions as part of their residency experience. Understanding Mexico’s context, and specifically Puebla and Oaxaca’s cultural complexity, is key for a successful cultural exchange. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who are interested in creating work or inspired by art, elements, techniques or processes specific to Mexico and/or unique to Puebla or Oaxaca.
Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique residency programs with substantial content. In contrast to various property rental schemes, tourist resorts, B&B’s, and sublets, our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include structured, informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and individualized project support.
• The creation of community with fellow residents and staff during the residency period is important.