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Pro Helvetia Shanghai promotes creative exchange between Switzerland and China. We offer Swiss art practitioners the possibility of a three-month residency in China. In return, artists from China are given an opportunity to go to Switzerland for a studio or research residency stay. Listed below are our current and past artists in residence in the areas of the visual arts, design and interactive media, music, theatre and dance.

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Sept.17-Dec.12, 2016 | Music, Interdisciplinary Projects

POL | 2016 Studio Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: Shanghai Partner organization: Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai (MoCA), Shanghai POL has been an electronic music producer since the early 1990s, nesting between the persistent electro dance and the dark backstage of the post-industrial civilization. At the decks or performing live, his footprints bring him to audiences either in the techno underworld …

Country of residency: Mainland China

April 5 – July 1, 2016 | Visual Arts

Benoît Billotte | 2016 Studio Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: Shanghai Partner organization: Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai (MoCA), Shanghai Benoît Billotte was born in Geneva, Switzerland. A world travelling land-surveyor, the artist skilfully gathers readily available information, materials and texts from diverse media and translates them into maps, statistics, and architectural layouts, among other visible forms. Translated into statistics, maps, …

Country of residency: Mainland China

Mar.2 - May 28, 2016 | Visual Arts

Beat Lippert | 2016 Studio Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: Shanghai Partner organization: Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai (MoCA), Shanghai Beat Lippert was born in Lausanne Switzerland 1977. After studying sculpture at Alanus-hochschule für Kunst und Gesellschaft, Bonn, Germany, he oriented himself to archaeology practice. His works has been shown at YIA Art Fair Paris, gallery 22.48㎡; Solo project at Basel …

Country of residency: Mainland China

Mar. - June, 2016 | Visual Arts

Nicolas Delaroche | 2016 Studio Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: Hangzhou Partner organization: China Academy of Art (CAA), Hangzhou Towards the end of his residency, Nicolas held an exhibition “West Lake Stories”, which explored the Chinese adventures of the famous Wile E a.k.a the Coyote. He worked on a painting collaboration with the second-year students from the SIMA department at the Chinese Academy of Art in Hangzhou. Since …

Country of residency: Mainland China

Oct.3-Dec.29, 2017 | Visual Arts

Cao Shu | 2017 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Basel Partner organization: Atelier Mondial From 2012 to nowadays, Cao Shu is a lecturer teacher in China Academy of Art. From 2012 to nowadays, Cao Shu is teaching as a lecturer teacher in China Academy of Art. He makes animation and installation as the basic media, and taking long-term art plan as …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Aug.25-Nov.21, 2017 | Visual Arts

Lí Wei | 2017 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Winterthur Partner organization: Villa Sträuli Lí Wei is a visual artist who currently lives and works in Beijing, China. He received his BA from the Sculpture department at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2007. Lí Wei adopts a hyperrealistic style in his sculptures, focusing on conveying the emotions of the figures. The objective …

Country of residency: Switzerland

July 17-Oct.12, 2017 | Theatre

Zhao Chuan | 2017 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Zurich Partner organization: Rote Fabrik Zhao Chuan is a Chinese writer/ theatre professional. As the founder and mastermind of important Chinese theatre collective “Grass Stage” since 2015, he has devoted to the promotion of new social theatre movement and the creation of non-profit public space. Under Zhao’s direction, Grass Stage aimed to stimulate theatrical …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Mar.27 - June 22, 2017 | Visual Arts

Yves Netzhammer | 2017 Studio Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: Shanghai Yves Netzhammer will participate in a residency project in Shanghai. After many years of continuous activity in display and exhibition practice – among other opportunities in Beijing and Shanghai, China, he plans to focus on the development of a script for a planned full length animation-(film)-feature. Whilst his stay in …

Country of residency: Mainland China

Mar.2 - May 23, 2017 | Interdisciplinary Projects, Music, Performance Art

Charlotte Hug | 2017 Studio Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: Hangzhou Partner organization: China Academy of Art (CAA), Hangzhou Charlotte Hug, is a Swiss born intermedia artist, composer, improviser and musician of the extreme. Her innovative musical-visual solo performances in distinctive locations and her interdisciplinary work have created an international furore. Hug´s sound drawings: “Son-Icons” are the core of Hug’s artistic work and …

Country of residency: Mainland China

Oct.1-Dec.28, 2018 | Visual Arts

Ju Anqi | 2018 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Basel Partner organization: Atelier Mondial Born in 1975 in Urumqi, Xinjiang province, Ju Anqi graduated from the Directing Department of the Beijing Film Academy. As one of the most widely recognized directors from China’s “New Generation” of filmmakers and multi-media artists, his works involve experimental video and photography, narrative films, painting, and LED …

Country of residency: Switzerland

July 10-Oct.5, 2018 | Music

Ban Lei | 2018 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Geneva Partner organization: Embassy of Foreign Artists Ban Lei was born in 1990 in Shanghai, China. He was also best-known for his stage name ‘BANBANBANBAN’ as a sound and game artist. 
His works follow self-operated artificial intelligence, and aim to create a world of unknown dimension. With the development of interactive computer …

Country of residency: Switzerland

July 1-Sept.27, 2018 | Visual Arts

Ye Funa | 2018 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Bern Partner organization: Stadtgalerie Ye Funa was born in Kunming, China in 1986. She currently lives and teaches at the department of experimental art, in the Central Academy of Fine Arts, in Beijing, China. Ye’s practice is concerned with the relationship between the realities of everyday life. She is interested in the …

Country of residency: Switzerland

May 1-July 28, 2018 | Visual Arts

Zhang Ruyi | 2018 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Winterthur Partner organization: Villa Sträuli Zhang Ruyi (b. 1985) is an artist currently living and working in Shanghai. She works predominantly in abstract drawing, sculpture and installation. In her practice, sculpture occupies a unique space mediating artifacts, industrial experience and urbanism. Her artistic practice applies to the logic of life and falls …

Country of residency: Switzerland

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