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Open Call Everyday Forms of Resistance Ramallah

Everyday Forms of Resistance
Open call residency in Ramallah

Everyday Forms of Resistance is an exchange and public program that has come about as a result of the collaboration between AIR Antwerpen; Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art in Warsaw (U-Jazdowksi); Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP) and the Municipality of Ramallah. This project offers residencies for six visual artists and centers itself on the question: “Can an artistic intervention translate social tensions into narratives that in turn intervene in the imaginary landscape of a place?” (Francis Alÿs, The Green Line, 2004). It looks at the role of artistic practice and mobility in the specific circumstances of Ramallah and Palestine and does this through the strategy of exchange.

The first part of the residencies (April-June 2019) is open to artists from Belgium, Finland, and Poland. Three artists from each of these countries will be selected to spend three months living and working in the city of Ramallah. The second part of the residencies (Autumn 2019) is open to Palestinian artists and will enable them to spend a three-month residency in Warsaw, Antwerp, or Helsinki. Each country will host one Palestinian artist. The exchange program, modeled to encourage artists to engage in conversations among themselves and with their audiences, will culminate in a series of talks and meetings in Warsaw at the Ujazdowski Castle center for contemporary art in November 2019.

This open call is for art practitioners working in the field of visual arts in its broadest sense. A professional committee will select artists based on the professional excellence of the applicant’s work. The committee members are Jack Persekian, Director Al Ma’mal Foundation, Jerusalem; Yazid Anani, Director of the Public Program at Qattan Foundation; Reem Fadda, Curator of Ramallah Municipality/Qalandiya International; Sally Abu Bakr, Director of the department Culture and Social Affairs at Ramallah Municipality; Alan Quireyns, Artistic Director AIR Antwerpen; Ika Sienkiewicz-Nowacka, Head of Artistic Residencies at Ujazdowski Castle, Center for Contemporary art, Warsaw; Juha Huuskonen, Director HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme. This committee will announce the results of their evaluation of the submitted applications by 30 November, 2018.

Residency benefits include:
- A monthly per diem of 600 euro/month
- Production costs
- Reimbursement of one return ticket to and from the place of residency;
- The organisation of a public event during the residency;
- Organizing a customized program of study visits in and outside Ramallah
- The organization of a public event during the residencies;
- participation in the meeting point in Warsaw November 2019

Applications are open for artists from 26 September to 31 October 2018.
Selected artists will be announced in November, 2018.
This application is open for artist interested in the socio-cultural context of Ramallah and work/live in Belgium.
Palestinian artists who wish to apply for the residency at AIR Antwerpen, please apply through:

For more info about the residency please visit the following website:

The Green Line
Jeruzalem 2004
Francis Alÿs in collaboration with Julien Devaux
video documentation of an action
Image: Rachel Leah Jones

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