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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.29-Feb.2, 2018 | Design and Architecture

Yanyou | 2018 Research Trip

Nationality: China Trip location: Wintherthur, Zurich, Lausanne Yanyou Yuan Di, founder and director of Jiazazhi Press & Photobook Library. From 2011 till now, he has curated 20 books for Chinese photographers. Some of books he curated was nominate in famous photobook events, such as Aperture-Paris Photo, Kassel Fotobook Festival, Arles Author Book Award. He is …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Mar.14-24, 2018 | Theatre

Huang Jiadai, Wen Hui | 2018 Research Trip

Nationality: China Trip location: Lausanne Huang Jiadai and Wen Hui were invited to attend programmes of Festival International des Arts de la Scene de Lausanne, organized by Théâtre de Vidy. During their short visit, they had in-depth exchanges with the theatre directors and artists and explored intentions of upcoming cooperation. Ophelia Huang Jiadai Ophelia Huang …

Country of residency: Switzerland

April 2-June 30, 2018 | Visual Arts

Gabriela Loeffel | 2018 Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: Shanghai, Beijing Partner organization: N/A Gabriela Loeffel was born in Oberburg in 1972, and currently works and lives in Geneva and Bern. She is the laureate of the Swiss Art Awards in 2011 and 2016. She was listed among “Collection Cahiers d’Artistes” by Pro Helvetia in 2015. Her art practice mainly deals …

Country of residency: Mainland China

May 1-July 28, 2018 | Visual Arts

Zhang Ruyi | 2018 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 artefacts, industrial experience and urbanism. Her artistic practice applies to the logic of life and falls …

Country of residency: Switzerland

June 1-30, 2018 (Shanghai), July 1-Aug.26, 2018 (Beijing) | Music

Yannick Barman | 2018 Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location:  Beijing Partner organization: TBD Born in St-Maurice in 1973. This Jazz and electronical acoustic show includes both visuals and music. The artist plays trumpet and computer, accompanied by live electronic music. The compositions are realized from trumpet’s sounds, sampled and transformed then added with electronic beats. The result is the extraction …

Country of residency: Mainland China

July 3-Sept.27, 2018 | Visual Arts

Ye Funa | 2018 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

July 10-Oct.5, 2018 | Music

Ban Lei | 2018 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

Aug.3 to Aug.29, 2018 (Beijing), Nov.18-Dec.1, 2018 (Chongqing), Dec.2-21, 2018 (Shanghai) | Performance Art

Marie-Caroline Hominal | 2018 Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location:  Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai Partner organization: Yinzi Theater, Ming Contemporary Art Museum Marie-Caroline Hominal is a dancer, choreographer and performer currently based in Geneva, Switzerland. Her practice includes video, drawing,
 music, choreography, and performance.
 She received her dance education at the
 Schweizerische Ballettberufschule in
 Zurich and at the Rambert School of Ballet …

Country of residency: Mainland China

Aug.8-19, 2018 | Theatre, Performance Art

Lai Huihui | 2018 Research Trip

Lai Huihui is invited by Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council to participate at 2018 Taipei Arts Festival. The seminar offers up-and-coming young stage practitioners a platform for in-depth exchange in both theoretical and practical fields.  Lai Huihui is an independent producer and curator based in Beijing and Guangzhou. 2017 she co-founded St. Production. As a curator, …

Country of residency: Chinese Taiwan

Sept.6 to Dec.2, 2018 | Visual Arts

Guillaume Pilet | 2018 Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location:  China Partner organization: Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts (SIVA) Guillaume Pilet was born in 1984, and currently lives and works in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has received “Swiss Art Award” in 2009 and 2010, and was selected as “Collection Cahiers d’Artistes” by Pro Helvetia in 2010. Since 2005, Guillaume Pilet has been involved …

Country of residency: Mainland China

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