Latin America is a vibrant and diverse region that has been a hub for creativity and artistic expression for centuries. From the energetic streets of Mexico City to the abundant creativity of Brazil, Latin America is home to some of the most inspiring artist residencies in the world. For artists looking to immerse themselves in this rich cultural heritage, there are many artist residencies offering opportunities for growth, learning and collaboration. In this blog post, we will explore the top 10 artist residencies in Latin America, where artists can find inspiration, create, and expand their artistic practice.
As we travel following our artistic journey, we have to approach these experiences with cultural sensitivity. It is crucial to avoid perpetuating exploitative attitudes. More than ever, we have to challenge Colonialism in artist residencies. Thus, in this blog entry, we will explore important guidelines to cultivate understanding in artist residencies and promote respect for the local community.
In recent years, artist residencies have become increasingly important to the art ecosystem as energetic meeting points for a wide diversity of ideas, methods, and identities. It is also true that they provide the necessary structure for the art world to function in a dynamic way by promoting critical thinking, international mobility, interdisciplinary knowledge production, and site-specific research. But most of all, artist residencies have become the crucial space and time for artists and academics to further develop their career, allowing them to experiment, learn and grow in a different cultural environment.
Surviving the 2020 pandemic and the economic and financial challenges that followed, NTU CCA emerged in 2023 as a hub for creative and cultural exchanges in Asia. In partnership with the European Union Delegation to Singapore it has now established a new program that aims to create a peer-to-peer cultural and artistic exchange between Southeast Asia and Europe, with Singapore as its hub. Studio Residencies in the EU for Southeast Asian Artists (SEA AiR) has become a platform offering new professional experiences for emerging visual art practitioners in the format of artistic residencies, hosted by established contemporary art institutions engaged as project partners in Europe, as well as a component of curated group exhibitions in Singapore.