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OPEN CALL Lugar a Dudas, Cali (CO), 2019

Open call Lugar A Dudas, Cali (CO)
Deadline 15 april 2019

AIR Antwerpen and Lugar A Dudas Cali collaborate since 2019 to set up an exchange between both cities for visual artists from Belgium and Columbia. Through the open call posted here visual artists based in Belgium can apply for a residency of three months in Cali.

With 2 million inhabitants Cali is the third largest city in Columbia and capital of the Valle de Cauca department in the Southwest of the country. Santiago de Cali is considered a harbor city, because of the proximity to the harbor of Buenaventura that connects the country with its Pacific coast. Cali hosted the Pan American Games in 1971, which put the city more on the international map. The city exists out of 249 barrios with a very diverse population. A red thread in the turbulent history of Cali is the existence of dynamic art initiatives. Most known is the Grupo di Cali with a.o. film director and actor Carlos Mayolo, film director Luis Ospina and writer/ actor Andrés Caiceido. Agarando Pueblo (Vampires of Poverty), filmed in 1978, might be its most exemplary film, shot in Cali. The film takes the form of a mockumentary addressing the interest in that time to focus on poverty and violence and coined the term Pornomiseria. In the 80’s and 90’s Cali suffered under the drugs war and internal conflicts in Columbia, and the city was reigned by the Cali Cartel. Public space became fragile and unsafe. By the end of the nineties a.o. artist initiative Helena Producciones reclaimed public space by organizing an annual performance festival. Several of these performances were inspired by the socio political situation in Colombia, but also by the art activities of the seventies. In 2005 Oscar Muñoz and Sally Mizrachi initiated Lugar a Dudas (transl: a place for doubts). It is an art center in the neighborhood of Granada, at the Avenida 8, close to the city center of Cali. Lugar a Dudas organizes exhibitions, residencies, a summer school (since 2017), a documentation center and a vitrine facing the side of the street. Lugar A Dudas stands for independency and plays a central role in the current artistic scene in Colombia. Lugar a Dudas aims to promote and disseminate contemporary artistic practice. As its name suggests, the organisations works as a laboratory for research, lively discussion, reflection and critical analysis.

More information:

- This open call is open to all visual artists living and working in Belgium.
- This residency opportunity focuses on visual artists with a site-specific art practice and who are interested in the socio-cultural context of Cali and Colombia.
- This residency includes:
o A per diem of 500 euro/month
o Reimbursement of the return flight ticket to the residency
o The organization of a public moment in lugar a dudas
o Living and working space free of charge
o A presentation in The Living Room (project space of AIR Antwerpen) after the residency.

- 15 April Deadline open call
- 1 September - 30 November 2019 residency in Cali
- presentation in The Living Room, date to be confirmed

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