Gogova Foundation’s Residency was set up in 2017 to promote professional dialogue and the exchange of ideas between emerging artists from the CIS, Central Asia and the Middle East. The task of the Residency is to give young artists the space and time to create projects which they have proposed and which have been selected by an Expert Council, consisting of leading experts on contemporary art.
For its first year, the program was based in an exhibition space in the center of the historic Old City of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The residents for this year included Ulyana Podkorytova and Vladimir Abikh, both Russian artists, selected by the international Expert Committee. In 2018, the residency will relocate to the village of Bukovo in Nizhny Arkhyz, a region of the Republic of Karachaevo-Cherkessia.
On December 8, 2017, the application for participation in the third residence of the Gogova Foundation was closed. The Fund received more than 40 applications from artists from Astana, Baku, Voronezh, Karachaevsk, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, Samarkand, St. Petersburg, Tbilisi, Tomsk and other Russian cities, CIS countries, Central Asia and the Middle East.
On January 15, 2018, the Expert Committee of the Foundation announced the names of the winners who will present the project in Karachaevo-Cherkessia in March 2018. They are Liza Artamonova and Ilin Chervonnaya with the project Route "Pearl trails".
Karachaevo-Cherkessia was not chosen by chance. It was here that the founder of the Gogova Foundation, Mariana Guber-Gogova, was born, and one of the Foundation’s most important tasks is the support and development of contemporary art, not only in the capital or abroad, but also across different regions of Russia.
The Republic of Karachaevo-Cherkessia, its natural landscapes and cultural heritage, the ecological attributes of the region, the Republic’s various religious monuments and ethnic diversity – all of these features combine to offer artists a unique opportunity for the research and creation of new works. The territory is home to the Special Astrophysical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences, one of the buildings of the dedicated research town that will serves as the exhibition space for the artists residency. Having celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, the Special Astrophysical Observatory in Nizhny Arkhyz remains the largest such facility in the country, and host to the largest optical telescope in Eurasia. Its research town boasts a population of around one thousand inhabitants, who regularly hold scientific conferences, in addition to developing and implementing new technologies for studying Space.
In 2016, the Gogova Foundation selected this site in Nizhny Arkhyz for its large-scale international exhibition, “Observatory,” which was produced in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of Karachaevo-Cherkessia and the Austrian Cultural Forum. Participants include artists like RADYA, Irina Korina, Alexandra Paperno, Anya Titova and Sveta Shuvaeva.
As part of this relocation, the Expert Committee has gained two new members: Simon Mraz, a curator and collector, as well as the Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Moscow, and Olga Nefedova, an art historian, collector and founder of the Orientalist Museum in Doha, Qatar.
The Expert Council in 2017-2018
Suad Garayeva — Curator of Exhibition Programmes and the Permanent Collection at YARAT Contemporary Art Space (Baku).
Jarrett Gregory — Curator, Hirshhorn Museum (Washington)
Mariana Guber-Gogova — President of the Gogova Foundation, which is a non-profit organization for the support of contemporary art (Moscow).
Ekaterina Inozemtseva — Curator at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow).
Simon Mraz — Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum (Moscow).
Olga Nefedova — art historian, independent consultant and curator (Moscow).
Alexei Novoselov — Head of the Exhibition Section of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA, Moscow).
Maximum age of 35 years (inclusive).
The applicant must be based in the CIS, Central Asia and the Middle East
The residency period (time to complete the project) is 1-2 months depending on the project (required time should be specified in the application).
The resident artist is paid a bursary of 1000 euros.
Accommodation is provided for the entire period of work on the project, up to a maximum of 2 months.
The resident artist pays his/her own expenses for travel to and from the residency.
There is no per diem allowance.
The artist can bring an assistant to take part in the residency. The assistant can share the artist’s accommodation. No additional bursary or other payments are envisaged for the assistant.
A budget of 1000 euros is allocated for each project. This sum includes materials and installation.
Open call for participation in the third artists residency ending December 8, 2017