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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.

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

Visual Arts

Hu Zi | 2019 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: TBD Partner organization: TBD 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 Beaux-Arts de Paris(2006) …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Dance

He Qiwo (ErGao) | 2019 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: TBD Partner organization: TBD 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. His …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Visual Arts

Chen Wei | 2019 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: TBD Partner organization: TBD 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

Visual Arts

Chen Haishu | 2019 Studio Residency

Nationality: China Residency location: TBD Partner organization: TBD 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 the role …

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

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

Yanyou | 2018 Research Residency

Nationality: China Residency 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 also …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Mar.14-24, 2018 | Theatre

Huang Jiadai, Wen Hui | 2018 Research Residency

Nationality: China Residency 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 Studio 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 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 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 Studio 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 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

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

Aug.3 to Aug.29, 2018 (Beijing), Aug.30 to Sept.11, 2018 (Chongqing), Oct.14 to Nov.18, 2018 (Shanghai) | Performance Art

Marie-Caroline Hominal | 2018 Studio Residency

Nationality: Switzerland Residency location:  Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai Partner organization: Yinzi Theater, am art space 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 
and …

Country of residency: Mainland China

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

Lai Huihui | 2018 Research Residency

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: Taipei

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

Guillaume Pilet | 2018 Studio 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

aaajiao | 2016 Studio 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 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

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

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

April 3-June 21, 2016 | Music

Coco Zhao | 2016 Studio 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 Studio 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 Studio 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, 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

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