Oproep 1: Zorgzaam werken in de kunsten

Sharing is Caring!

Korte omschrijving

Now, it is more urgent than ever to encourage collaborations, as social solidarity can help us to solve problems collectively. The city of Antwerp per se, is of great significance in the European cultural field, as it is a crossing point of interactions between bodies and objects. This happens, due to the central role that the port of the city plays, with the rest of Europe and other countries. Antwerp is a city with a multicultural stratum but simultaneously it has succeeded in maintaining a local idiomatisme. This advantage makes the city authentic and original. If we think more broadly and far away from here, we notice a common condition: precariousness. This is the new contemporary concept which prevails in the social structure. Land exploitation, labor exploitation, self-alienation, gentrification, the invasion of technology, different approaches in history, all these under the new neo-liberal strategies, which define contemporary life. My proposal for A FAIR NEW IDEA!? aims to unite various representatives of the local art scene, in order to support them in continuing producing culture. Far from museums, galleries and projects spaces, the artists' studios are the hubs of creativity and a new form of presenting projects. The majority of the artists cannot afford to have a studio, and the ones that they have they try to find ways to be sustainable. I was thinking of selecting 4 artists from the emerging scene of Antwerp, in order to activate their studios for four months. They will select an artist of their preference, in order to give him/her the opportunity to exhibit their work, as a gesture of solidarity. Consequently, the 4 artists could be financed for maintaining their studio for 4 months (while the project will run) This means payment of the monthly rent of thes studio, funding theyoung artists with a fee and a budget for production costs for new work, as well as the ability to hire a cultural worker for one , to organise the event, being responsible for the administration and coordination for the project.

Wat ben je van plan?

Sharing is Caring! An idea by independent curator Katerina Nikou (lives and works in Antwerp)Now, it is most urgent than ever to encourage collaborations, as social solidarity can help us to solve problems collectively. The city of Antwerp per se, is of a great significance in the European cultural field, as it is a crossing point of interactions between bodies and objects. This happens, due to Now, it is most urgent than ever to encourage collaborations, as social solidarity can help us to solve problems collectively. The city of Antwerp per se, is of a great significance in the European cultural field, as it is a crossing point of interactions between bodies and objects. This happens, due to the central role that the port of the city plays, with the rest of Europe and other countries. My proposal for A FAIR NEW IDEA!? aims to unite various representatives of the local art scene, in order to support them in continuing producing culture. The first think and a pre-condition is for the artists to be able to maintain their studios in order to be creative. Far from museums, galleries and projects spaces, the artist's studio is the hub of creativity and a new form of presenting projects. I was thinking of selecting 4 artists from the emerging scene of Antwerp in order to activate their studios for 4 months and become the curators, hosting one small-scale exhibition each, according to their preferences, introducing to the audience other artists that have no space to exhibit their work. Consequently, the 4 artists could be financed for maintaining their studio for 4 months (while the project is running) which means payment of the monthly rent, production costs for their work and also funding the artists that they will select to present in their premises, in terms of production costs for a new work, artist's fees and the ability to hire a cultural worker for 4 months, to organize the event, being responsible for the administration and co-ordination for the project.

Hoe sluit je project aan op het thema en hoe kunnen we met jouw idee impact creëren in de sector?

You will give the opportunity to young emerging artists to present their work in a specific framework and under the umbrella of the Flanders Art Institute. This will help them to be more visible and they will give them the opportunity to grow their network

Hoe kan iemand die jou of je project wil steunen je contacteren?

katerinanikou8@gmail.com

Ben je ergens naar op zoek, naast financiering?

Apart from the financial support, it would be crucial the idea to be under the auspices of the Flanders Art Institute, which is a very important organization in Europe. For the project it will be crucial to have a support by the institution as it will help the participants to be more visible. As an outcome of the proposal, I would like to help the artists meet curators from the general area of Belgium and close countries. Funding is crucial for this, as I will be able to invite international curators, cover the flight costs, accomodation, fee and per diem. The ongoing crisis that we run through the pandemic, eliminates the opportunity for artists to cover their own expenses for travelling and meeting people.