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Selection for 2019 Studio Residency

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Artists in Residence

Pro Helvetia Shanghai is honoured to announce the final selection of 2019 Studio Residency. Thanks to the great enthusiasm of artists, we have received over 70 competitive applications from Chinese artists. After joint discussion between our Shanghai and Zurich offices, we have selected the following candidates who will be granted our residency sponsorship: (Swiss) Andreas Gysin, Marianne Halter & Mario Marchisella, Tarik Hayward; (Chinese) Chen Haishu, Chen Wei, He Qiwo (ErGao), and Hu Zi. 

We hope that these eight artists will take the opportunity of their residency in China and in Switzerland to research, create, and engage. Our media partner LEAP magazine has co-announced and featured our residency program, read LEAP‘s featured interview in Chinese. The call for 2020 Studio Residency in Switzerland will be launched at the end of 2018. For more information about our studio residency project, please click here.

2019 Studio Residency

A studio residency (3 months) in China or, conversely, in Switzerland gives artists the chance to gain a broad insight into a different cultural environment. The aim of the residency is to find inspiration, establish networks and contemplate new projects and cooperations. In addition to a place to work and accommodation, Pro Helvetia will provide specific coaching. The Swiss Arts Council covers the cost of travel, insurances and per diem.

About Pro Helvetia Shanghai, Swiss Arts Council

Pro Helvetia has a network of regional liaison offices. Pro Helvetia Shanghai, founded in 2010, represents projects in China (for mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau). Other regional offices include Egypt (for the Arab region), India (for the Indian subcontinent), Russia and South Africa (for Southern African countries). In order to enhance cultural exchange and artistic collaborations between Switzerland and these regions Pro Helvetia offers residencies in both directions. Swiss artists and cultural practitioners in the areas of music, literature, visual arts, design and interactive media, theatre and dance are eligible to apply. At the same time, Pro Helvetia facilitates residencies in Switzerland for artists and cultural practitioners from China.

For further information about the residency program and our projects, please visit Pro Helvetia Shanghai’s website www.prohelvetia.cn, and follow wechat account pro_helvetia.

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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.3-Mar.29, 2019 | Dance

He Qiwo (ErGao) | 2019 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Zurich Partner organization: Rote Fabrik He Qiwo (ErGao), multi-media dancer/choreographer whose work uses dance, film, installation and other creative strategies, graduated from Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He founded ErGao Dance Production Group (EDPG) in 2007 in Guangzhou, with a focus on dance theatre, dance film, community art and dance education. …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Jan.15-Apr.15, 2019 | Visual Arts

Chen Haishu | 2019 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Winterthur Partner organization: Villa Sträuli Chen Haishu was born in 1986 in Fuzhou, China and is now based in both Berlin and Karlsruhe, Germany. Chen focuses on the critical analyzes of condition of existence, social perception and collective memory in our modern society, especially under specific geo-political and natural conditions, and …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Jan.21-28, 2019 | Visual Arts

He Yining | 2019 Research Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Wintherthur, Lausanne, Biel He Yining has been invited by Pro Helvetia Shanghai to participate in the 2019 edition of the Plat(t)form project conceived by the Fotomuseum Winterthur as an international expert. She will review portfolios of emerging artists, visit local art institutions, and engage in networking with the Swiss arts scene. He …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Feb.5-9, 2019 | Dance, Theatre

Huang Jiadai | 2019 Research Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Lausanne Ophelia Huang Jiadai is invited by Pro Helvetia Shanghai to research at Swiss Dance Days. From February 6 to 9, 2019 in Lausanne, the 10th Swiss Dance Days will showcase the winning performances selected by the jury from over 150 entries. The programme offers a snapshot of the trends that are currently inspiring …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Visual Arts

Marianne Halter & Mario Marchisella | 2019 Studio Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: TBD Partner organization: TBD The artist duo Marianne Halter & Mario Marchisella is conducting a binding residency in China. Previously, they have conducted residency hosted by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg in 2008. Then in 2016, their exhibition “When Tomorrow Comes” was backed by Pro Helvetia to show at Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg. …

Country of residency: Mainland China

Visual Arts

Tarik Hayward | 2019 Studio Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: TBD Partner organization: TBD “Tarik Hayward pursues his artistic research on materials produced by modernity… Between DIY and recovery business, between ruin and restoration, between alternative thinking and dystopian vision, Tarik Hayward creates works that claim as much from minimalist sculpture than from performance, while evoking Arte Povera or vernacular architecture by …

Country of residency: Mainland China

Visual Arts

Andreas Gysin | 2019 Studio Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location: TBD Partner organization: TBD Born in 1975 in Zürich, Switzerland, lives and works in Lugano. Andreas is half of the duo Gysin-Vanetti which was listed among “Collection Cahiers d’Artistes” by Pro Helvetia in 2013. His art practice focuses mainly on kinetic and interactive programs, objects and installations. For his residency, Andreas plans …

Country of residency: Mainland China

Apr.-June 2019 | Visual Arts

Hu Zi | 2019 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Geneva Partner organization: Embassy of Foreign Artists Hu Zi, born in 1981, currently lives and works in Shanghai. She graduated from The Department of Comprehensive Painting at China Academy of Art with M.F.A. (2007), once stayed in Cité internationale des arts Paris for residency during her exchange as a student at École des …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Apr.10-June 23, 2019 | Visual Arts

Chen Wei | 2019 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: Zurich Partner organization: Gleis 70 Chen Wei was born in 1980 in Yueqing, Zhejiang Province and currently lives and works in Beijing. Internationally active and representative of his generation, Chen utilizes photography and installation as his main media – his works are conceptualized staged photographs and spatial installations as representations of scenes. He …

Country of residency: Switzerland

October to November, 2019 | Visual Arts

Ju Anqi | 2019 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

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