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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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Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez

Residency period

25 – 28 February 2019

About

Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Paris whose research interest spans situated curatorial practices, empathy, transnational feminism, slow institutions, degrowth, and performative practices in the former Eastern Europe. She is the curator of the Contour Biennale 9 (Mechelen, Belgium, 2019). She is developing, with Giovanna Zapperi, the first comprehensive exhibition of the videos of French actress and feminist activist Delphine Seyrig (1932-1990). She co-founded, with Elisabeth Lebovici and Patricia Falguières, Something You Should Know, a seminar series held at the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) and she is a member of the research group Travelling Féministe at the Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir, both in Paris.

Her previous exhibitions include: Let’s Talk about the Weather. Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis (curated with Nora Razian), Sursock Museum (Beirut, Lebanon, 2016); Becoming Earthlings. Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge #18 (curated with Alexander Klose, Council, and Mobile Academy), Musée de l’Homme (Paris, France, 2015); Tales of Empathy, Jeu de Paume (Paris, France, 2014), and Resilience, Triennial of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2013) amongst others. Petrešin-Bachelez was chief editor of L’Internationale Online (2014-2017) and of the Manifesta Journal (2012-2014); co-director of Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (2010-2012), and co-founder of Cluster, an European network of small-scale art institutions. She has contributed texts to numerous publications and magazines such e-flux journalBidounSarai Reader, SpringerinParkett Magazine.

Focus

During the residency, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez will connect with local artists and institutions in Singapore. She will deliver a talk to discuss the necessity to engage various art institutional constituencies through curatorial practice in relation to her latest project: Contour Biennale 9: Coltan as Cotton (11 January – 20 October 2019, Mechelen, Belgium). This recently opened exhibition explores the possibility of opening up institutional borders and render them more palpable, audible, sentient, soft, porous and, most of all, decolonial and anti-patriarchal.

Photo by Hervé Bachelez (detail).

Public programmes

Residencies Insight: On the Necessity of Transforming One's Practice, curator talk by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (Slovenia/France), Curator-in-Residence with the support of the Embassy of France in Singapore
27 Feb 2019, Wed 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

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As cultural workers and artists, how can we work with or within institutions at a time of violent racialization and profound ecological crisis? From the point of view of a cultural worker based in Global North countries whose governments cause and contribute to inhuman civil wars and drone strikes in other regions of the world forcing thousands of people into displacement, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez will discuss the necessity to engage various art institutional constituencies through curatorial practice. Showing how her curatorial projects, developed in specific locales, engage with a wider geopolitical reality, Petrešin-Bachelez will address the necessity to slow down one’s way of working and being, to imagine new ecologies of care as a continuous practice of support, and to listen with attention to feelings that arise from encounters with objects and subjects. For this talk, she will focus on her latest project, the recently opened Contour Biennale 9: Coltan as Cotton (11 January – 20 October 2019, Mechelen, Belgium), to talk about the possibility of opening up institutional borders and render them more palpable, audible, sentient, soft, porous and, most of all, decolonial and anti-patriarchal. 

 

BIOGRAPHY

Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Paris whose research interest spans situated curatorial practices, empathy, transnational feminism, slow institutions, degrowth, and performative practices in the former Eastern Europe. She is the curator of the Contour Biennale 9 (Mechelen, Belgium, 2019). She is developing, with Giovanna Zapperi, the first comprehensive exhibition of the videos of French actress and feminist activist Delphine Seyrig (1932-1990).  She co-founded, with Elisabeth Lebovici and Patricia Falguières, Something You Should Know, a seminarseriesheld at the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) and she is a member of the research group Travelling Féministe at the Centre audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir, both in Paris.

Her previous exhibitions include: Let’s Talk about the Weather. Art and Ecology in a Time of Crisis (curated with Nora Razian), Sursock Museum (Beirut, Lebanon, 2016); Becoming Earthlings. Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge #18 (curated with Alexander Klose, Council, and Mobile Academy), Musée de l’Homme (Paris, France, 2015); Tales of Empathy, Jeu de Paume (Paris, France, 2014), and Resilience, Triennial of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art (Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2013) amongst others.  Petrešin-Bachelez was chief editor of L’Internationale Online(2014-2017) and of the Manifesta Journal (2012-2014); co-director of Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (2010-2012), and co-founder of Cluster, an European network of small-scale art institutions.  She has contributed texts to numerous publications and magazines such e-flux journalBidounSarai Reader, SpringerinParkett Magazine.

 

 

Image caption: Heart-to-Heart Conversation with Laura Nsengiyumva and Monique Mbeka Phoba, Contour Biennale 9: Coltan as Cotton/The Waxing Crescent Moon Phase, January 2019. Photo by Lavinia Wouters.