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Artist in Residence (AIR) Program

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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.

Check out Quotes from previous Chinese artists who returned from their residency programs in Switzerland. For updates and progress of our artists-in-residence for the year 2017 and 2018, please view our newsletter.

Jan.4-Mar.30, 2016 | Visual Arts

aaajiao | 2016 Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Basel Partner organization: Atelier Mondial Aaajiao (XU Wenkai) was born in 1984 in Xi’an, and later moved to Shanghai, where he continues to live and work. Aaajiao is one of China’s foremost media artists, bloggers and free culture developers. In 2003 he established the sound art website: cornersound.com, and in 2006 he …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Mar.27- June 22, 2016 | Visual Arts

Nicolas Delaroche | 2016 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

Mar.2-May 28, 2016 | Visual Arts

Beat Lippert | 2016 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

April 5 – July 1, 2016 | Visual Arts

Benoît Billotte | 2016 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

April 3-June 21, 2016 | Music

Coco Zhao | 2016 Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Bern Partner organization: Stadtgalerie Coco is one of the most sought-after singers in China. His music provides the link between the Shanghai jazz era and the modern American jazz scene. Once a student of composition at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Coco has since been immersed in the study of Chinese traditional …

Country of residency: Switzerland

April 6-June 29, 2016 | Visual Arts

Chen Hangfeng | 2016 Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Geneva Partner organization: Embassy of Foreign Artists Born 1974 in Shanghai. Chen Hangfeng currently works and lives in Shanghai. Trained as a painter, Chen obtained his BA from the Fine Arts College of Shanghai University. He works in all media, his works deal with issues of surrounding commercialization, environmentalism, globalization and …

Country of residency: Switzerland

July 11-Oct.6, 2016 | Performance Art

Nunu Kong | 2016 Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Geneva Partner organization: Embassy of Foreign Artists Working as choreographer, performance artist and producer, nunu develops through her work an characteristic expression playing with time and space in poetic and illusionary dimensions in both visual and dramaturgic levels with a particular sense of humor instinctively blended into her choreography. nunu’s latest …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Sept.17-Dec.12, 2016 | Music, Innovation & Society

POL | 2016 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

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