The Land is a Library

Curator – Kegan MacFadden + Letch Kinloch  (CANADA)
Residency Dates: MARCH 15th – 30th 2020
Call for Submissions Deadline: February 17th, 2020
Application fee $25 USD
Total residency Cost: $ 740 (USD)


The Land is a Library


This thematic residency is based around the consideration and production of artist books within the context of Anima. The artist book genre promotes the breaking of rules, collapsing boundaries between disciplines, and encourages a broad view of making. We will discuss the land, animals, geopolitics, histories, futures, permaculture, architectures, farming, swimming, hiking, and make books about these varied but interconnected topics. 


An exhibition of the work produced as part of this residency will take place at Victoria Arts Council in September 2020 with additional dates to be secured.


image: Guy Laramee

The land and its animal inhabitants have always been integral to the creation of books: parchment produced from the skin of calves, tree pulp for paper, vegetable charcoal into ink… If one were to make books localized materially and conceptually around Anima Casa, what might that look like? How can a kiln, burning donkey shit, produce a book? Are the black embers floating through the sunset from nearby burning sugar kane just a series of punctuation marks waiting to find their pages? Are the fish sucking up algae in the swimming pool acting as

editors of some acquatome? How does environment allow us to inhabit the space between languages? What is learned from skinning rabbits? What space is made by pulling air, sand, and water into the pages of a book? What does it mean to create books that blur and bridge geographies; books that promise an undoing of languages; books that offer an experience? These and many other questions will shape the residency until we prove The Landis a Library.