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Committed to supporting artists, curators, and researchers by offering them time and space to pursue their research without the pressure of deadlines and production commitments, the Residencies Programme values the open-ended nature of artistic research and embraces multiform expressions of creative enquiry. Aiming to facilitate the production of knowledge, this studio-based programme is dedicated to established and emerging artists and serves as platform for critical exchange in Southeast Asia. The Residencies Programme offers a wide spectrum of programmes aimed at sharing the process of artistic research with the public - Residencies OPEN / Studio Sessions / Insights, which range from open studios, artists’ talks, conversations, performances, and screenings. The Residencies Programme unfolds through annual cycles and runs by nomination only. Every year, a rotating pool of curators and arts professionals from all over the world is invited to nominate two artists for the residency. The nominated artists are subsequently invited to submit a research proposal along with their portfolio and CV. Ultimately, the Residencies Committee, an international panel of experts, reviews the submitted materials and designates the artists who are awarded the residency.

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Claudia Losi

Residency period

1 October – 9 November 2018

About

The artistic practice of Claudia Losi (b.1971, Italy) explores social interactions, the entanglements of human sensibilities, and the complexities of natural phenomena through scientific, ethnographic, and anthropological research methodologies. Spanning participatory projects and performances as well as drawings, photography, and sculpture, her work has recently been presented in the solo exhibition How do I imagine being there?, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2016) and in numerous international group shows including the Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, China (2016); MAGASIN, Grenoble, France (2010); Sharjah Biennale 8, United Arab Emirates (2007).  

Focus

In recent years, Claudia Losi’s artistic research has journeyed around the perception of places creating erratic configurations of language, memory, and imagination that unfold multiple layers of our subjective relationship to the world. For the artist, “being there” denotes a state of being located in the mind of the subject, in the memories and imagination related to a physical environment. These series of investigations coalesced into the publication How do I imagine being there?, realized in 2016 alongside an eponymous exhibition. Following the same train of thought, the research project for the residency is titled Being There or Life is a State of Mind, after the 1979 film by American director Hal Ashby. Losi intends to conduct a series of interviews with people from diverse disciplines, generations, and socioeconomic backgrounds asking them to describe a certain typology of place. Texts, drawings, and possibly a video will be created on the basis of the gathered materials.

Residencies brochure (October – December 2018)

Public programmes

Residencies Insights: Being There. Or Life is a State of Mind, artist talk by Claudia Losi (Italy), Artist-in-Residence
1 Nov 2018, Thu 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

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To what extent can a place be described by its geology, morphology, and history, and to what extent can it, instead, be imagined? What kind of descriptions are triggered by direct experience and what kind of descriptions arise solely from imagination? How is the subjective experience of a place transmitted to and received by others? In recent years, the work of Claudia Losi has interrogated the physical and imaginative potential of “being there,” the act of encountering a specific space through direct experience, remote imagination, and multiple narratives. In this talk, the artist will discuss her fascination with the elsewhere, the poetics of wandering, and the theatre of memory in the context of her practice, addressing the collaborative methodologies that nurture the creation of her collective mindscapes.

The talk will take place in the artist’s studio.

 

BIOGRAPHY

The artistic practice of Claudia Losi (b.1971, Italy) explores social interactions, the entanglements of human sensibilities, and the complexities of natural phenomena through scientific, ethnographic, and anthropological research methodologies. Spanning participatory projects, performances as well as drawings, photography, and sculpture, her work has recently been presented in the solo exhibition How do I imagine being there?, Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy (2016) and in numerous international group shows including the Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, China (2016); MAGASIN, Grenoble, France (2010); Sharjah Biennale 8, United Arab Emirates (2007).

 

Image caption: Claudia Losi, Asking Shelter, 2018, bronze casting of rose branches, silver. Courtesy the artist.