Visual Artist Residency Program 2018-2019 PDF Print E-mail

We're thrilled to announce our 2018–2019 Visual Artist Residents, three artists who work at active intersections of public art, socially engaged art, public-participatory art, installation art, movement-based art, community arts, urban development and/or art education/arts learning.

Rashin FahandejWoomin KimKim Smith
Left to right: Rashin Fahandej, A Father’s Lullaby, Variation I, Video Projection and Multi channel Sound, Data visualized graph, TVs and stereo sound Exhibition at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts; Woomin Kim, Urban Nest: Greater Boston woods, found fibers from Greater Boston area, 2017; Kim Smith, Mockup of foldout printed map, created from personal geographies and stories of the area; distributed as a tourist map on the street.

Rashin Fahandej, Summer 2018 Public Artist Resident, will use the BCA Summer Public Artist Residency to further develop her multi-platform project A Father’s Lullaby to consider the absence of fathers in communities of color as a direct result of mass incarceration, its life-long impact on children who are left behind and its weight on women and lower-income families, explored through the space of love and intimacy. The project is being developed with community members as creative collaborators.

Woomin Kim, Fall 2018 Visual Artist Resident, will develop a new installation that will involve building several freestanding frames based on the structure of the tapestry loom. After collecting sweaters from members of the community, she will unravel the threads and tie the strings vertically to the frame as warps. Each sweater, unraveled yarn and story of the sweater will be documented and included in the project archive. She will then collect old jewelry, fabric and small accessories from local individuals, and weave them into the frame as well. The finished fabrics will stay mounted in the original frame like standing banners containing abstract images made from various materials and fabrics.

Kim Smith, Winter/Spring 2019 Visual Artist Resident, will draw on the art concept of dérive, a strategy put forward by Paris-based artist Guy Debord in the mid-20th century, in which individuals are encouraged to operate without the usual routines and motives in order to allow the present moment of the city to guide interaction. Public interactions will include printing and distributing copies of fold-out maps based on psychogeographical interpretations of the South End, created with and by local residents.

Through this residency program, Fahandej, Kim and Smith will have the opportunity to experiment with their craft, develop their focus or test new ideas, while also engaging in vital public dialogue from a home base in Boston’s historic South End neighborhood. They will receive access to BCA resources including support for research, development, rehearsal, production support, marketing and mentorship. For the 2018–2019 season, BCA will host two visual arts residents, one public art resident, two dancemaker residents, one music ensemble in residence, and ten performing arts residents.



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