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 the worldwide art ecosystem, artist residencies have become unique spaces where art, space, and time intersect, but why are they important?
Why have they become essential to artists?
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.