CULTURAL ARCHIVES

PROGRAMMED ARTIST RESIDENCY 2019 

For this 2019 we have programmed a total of nine residencies in which three of them are a self directed residency under our “Open Roads” program, seven of them are collaborations with artist ranging from Argentina to Canada and Mexico to Spain. We run our open call for submissions early this year 2018 in which we recibe a great response from people.
We can only thank to everyone interested in our project!

DEAD MATTER / DAY OF THE DEAD Nov. 3rd

Presented in collaboration with Festival Cultural Mazatepec Dead  Matter is an artist residency exploring, through music and visual arts, the millenary tradition of “Dia de Muertos” (Day of the Dead.)

 The residency looked at the Indigenous roots and character of this spectacular tradition and offer a glimpse into a Mexico formed by two civilizations – dominant and dominated, the Colonial and the Indigenous. This important aspect of our history tints and informs contemporary syncretism and a country where segregation and migration of Indigenous communities from the country side to the city lives side by side the modern mestizo who is manipulated into a happy, passive tourist in their own land.

During the event on November 3rd we had the presentation of traditional Mexican music band “La Marea Fandangera”  as well as the prehispánico dance group “Mexica Tiawi Tlaloktecutli.” We made altars, we presences a ceremony for our ancestors and had a beautiful time. 

ANIMA CASA RURAL ARTISTS IN RESIDENCY ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2018

 

Anima Casa Rural Artist in Residency Program started in September 2014 when a group of Toronto-based artists and cultural workers arrived at Anima and worked together for two weeks to produce an  art exhibition at El Muse del Ciudad de Guadalajara, ENTERPRISE: People Land Culture. It was a big opening to an intimate residency and place.  Since then Anima has changed, taking on more shape, building networks and finding itself within the community. Over the years we’ve hosted multiple residencies and cultural events several of which I’ve been lucky and privileged to be a part. In January 2015, I organized and facilitated a residency, Body Becoming. The show at the Galeria Daniel Diaz marks a new and exciting creative partnership with the gallery and it helps to showcase publicly Anima as a place where artists gather, reflect, exchange and create.

But being part of a residency at Anima is more than just participating in an art endeavor. Being at Anima is to engage with the immediate of rural Mexico and a working farm; it is to meet the Calleros family and experience their warmth and generosity; it is to watch your food grow and be prepared whether by visiting and facilitating chefs or the eternal artist-chef-in-residence, Julian. Time at Anima is a wholistic experience based on its founding principles of fusing the rural and the urban and creating a space for exchange, growth and creation.

I look towards next year and the variety of residency collaborations with a roster of international academics and artists with excitement and anticipation. From Being Water that looks at art, ecology and science to What the Stones Hide which reflects on memory and environment to the self-explanatory Recycling Objects next year will see Anima host a multitude of residencies and artists responding and creating works.

Marcin Wisniewski

Programming Director

HUMAN CERAMICS

 

There are many challenges that are imposed on the artistic practice in today’s ever-changing environment. The discipline of clay making/ ceramics has had to assert itself as one of the most expressive and diverse. The human problem comes as an important theme in metaphors which can be decoded almost immediately. Human relationships, communication, self reflection, identity, gender as well as past and present politics are some of the topics in this discipline.

 Through clay making we aimed to see the new challenges they face following different artistic and aesthetics procedures, during the two weeks SouthAfrican artist Ella Cronje confronted herself with the challenges of the local practices of Barro Tonalteca.

OPEN ROADS 

Our residency  within the program “Open Roads” is for locals (Guadalajara City and or Nationals) which are short stays (Check in Thursdays 5PM – Check out Monday 12PM.) Also they can be for anybody for a minimum time of two weeks, this is an open call to all kind of artist that wish to work on their own practice, topic and technique of their choice. Each artist is responsible of their materials for the production of their project.

We hosted for two weeks artist Racheal Horner from Baltimore USA. as part of program Open Roads, we visit galleries and markets in the city of Guadalajara and make lots of art, Racheal had the opportunity to talk about her art work and proceses during the visit from Secretaria de Cultura Jalisco, Industrias Creativas.

GDL CONTEMPORARY REFLECTIONS

The City of Guadalajara has become the centre of contemporary art in Mexico. Exciting projects artists, curators, galleries and museums are appearing on daily, reflecting a dynamic and proactive society of today’s world.

Presented in collaboration with Gallery Daniel Diaz and curators of the gallery space.  The residency will offer an opportunity to exchange ideas with local artists through presentations and artist talks.
 

SKIN OF THE  EARTH

Skin of the Earth” artist residency looks to broaden the forms of auto representation of the body and establish new connections towards our environment through our relationship to the body, landscape, and image.

Aware of the body and its effects on the landscape, we will look to intervene in the environment of San Isidro Mazatapec; addressing and thinking of the specific site, our bodies and a recording device.

The group will be provided with theoretical methodologies / practices, which will involve exercises of corporal expression and on-site interventions; using tools such as drawing, video, the body, mapping, anatomy etc., we will generate research and group reflections based around personal experience.

The residency will be divided in two sets: Internal landscapes and Exterior landscapes.

From the micro to the macro, we will close the residency with a show and tell from the participants, through a video of five minutes maximum in which we will explore the intimacy of the work, personal and social within the landscape and the body.

QUEER GEOGRAPHIES

Queer Geographies on Screen is an ongoing research and exhibition platform for queer and transgender artists who examine spatial politics through film, video, performance and sound works.

For Queer Geographies at Anima Casa Rural, I propose to gather a group of artists interested in spatial politics who exist “in between” the urban and rural. Most visible queer art networks exist in cities, and there remains an assumption that we must leave rural places (and never return) in order to become a fully-formed urban queer subject. Still, experiences of displacement are a feature of contemporary queer life, and our places of origin remain vividly inside us as imprint, scar, pull, echo, and calling. How do these embodiments become sensible and visible within our work as artists? How can queer aesthetics and modes of making move beyond what is publicly recognized, and towards a new ethic of cultural production?

OPEN ROADS 

Our residency  within the program “Open Roads” is for locals (Guadalajara City and or Nationals) which are short stays (Check in Thursdays 5PM – Check out Monday 12PM.) Also they can be for anybody for a minimum time of two weeks, this is an open call to all kind of artist that wish to work on their own practice, topic and technique of their choice. Each artist is responsible of their materials for the production of their project.

During a short stay we had local artist Geovanni Ibarra. He worked on his personal project for his art show “Travesias.”

SITE & CYCLE

 

Combining hands-on Super 8 and 16mm filmmaking instruction with geographical and historical workshops, curated screenings and public programming, Film for Artists – Site + Cycle is a residency program that endeavors to establish the Toronto Island as a meaningful site for filmmaking practices that engage with the materiality of filmmaking as it intersects with issues of land use and site specificity.

Site + Cycle project at Anima Casa Rural is an iteration of our on-going project, which teaching hand-processing and decay techniques on Super 8 film in conjunction with teachings about the landscape, history, and cultural memory of Jalisco. 

We strive to ground our residency with a focus on site-specificity and land issues. We believe that capturing or creating photochemical images cannot be separated from the spaces and places in which this image-making takes place. Through our pedagogical frameworks and programming, Site + Cycle aims to combine filmmaking with a geolocational awareness of history, memory, and the potential for decolonization. 

OPEN ROADS 

Our residency  within the program “Open Roads” is for locals (Guadalajara City and or Nationals) which are short stays (Check in Thursdays 5PM – Check out Monday 12PM.) Also they can be for anybody for a minimum time of two weeks, this is an open call to all kind of artist that wish to work on their own practice, topic and technique of their choice. Each artist is responsible of their materials for the production of their project.

During a short stay we had Berlin based Raimon Sibilo and Eugine Nine. They  worked on their personal project for an art show in Mexico City.

FIRST PERSON SINGULAR

 

First Person Singular questions, celebrates and challenges the use of autobiography in artistic practice. Some of the issues to be investigated include modern and post-modern definitions of art, the role of the artist, the private versus the public and the role of autobiography in celebrity culture.

Led by Peter Kingstone, whose apparently fictional works are largely autobiographical, the residency also features Gerald Hannon, a gay activist and journalist who is the recipient of multiple National Magazine Awards in the profiles category. He is currently at work on a memoir.

IDENTITY AND BELONGING 

Through this residency we are looking to promote ideas such as equity, equality and belonging since those are essential tools that allow us as humans to express and develop with in local and personal context, thus stringing values our spiritual heritage and building relationships with similar people. The sense of belonging that every individual has, defines an specific social group.

URBAN DETOX

The curatorial program of this residency aims to provide artists with tools to contribute in a living process towards detox from urban settings in the natural environment. This open call is to artists who are looking  to apply an natural sense into their practice deepening into creation, training and debate.

The proposed curatorial design is based on a platform of reflection and exchange where artists can learn and exchange the basic fundaments and practices of permacultural design and ecological agriculture, which can be replicated in urban settings,  bio -construction techniques, as well as biological, social and political ideas around local and global food and nutrition.

During the residency participants will have the opportunity to embrace knowledge by sharing their point of view on sustainability, which is the support material for their artistic creations. Documentaries and discussion on sustainability will be take place;  Anima’s partner communities will be invited to. The residency will end with participants show and tell of  their work as well as a discussion around the created work and process of the residency.

KAPSULA

For is first residency of 2017 ANIMA teams up with KAPSULA (a digital monthly magazine dedicated to engaged, evaluative art writing) and brings to Mexico a writer-in-residence. The writer will be witness to the artistic process of the artists in the residency and will publish his observations in KAPSULA. The KAPSULA Writer-in-Residence residency is open to all artists wishing to pursue their own practice in the peaceful setting of rural Mexico and who are open to being part of the process and featured in the article.

A Guadalajara City’s news paper write up

OPEN DOORS / PUERTAS ABIERTAS
ANIMA CASA RURAL MEDIA PRESENTATION.
JANUARY 14TH 2017

DEPICTING SURROUNDINGS

During the residency artists hiked through the country-side guided by local experts who shared their knowledge of local flora and fauna. Guided tours were supplemented by a screenings of a film dealing with environmental practices and how we related to them at Anima.

VideoFag #2 We Did it again!
During Videofag residency from March 23rd – April 6th, 2016. The residency aimed to supporting artistic and professional rejuvenation for artists, curators, cultural facilitators and artistic administrators in any field of practice. In rustic and rural environs, the residency offered a range of discursive activities and ample self-guided time for research and reflection. Dinners, hikes, curated talks, screenings, and field-trips to nearby cultural sites of interest happened during the two weeks of tranquil isolation offered by Casa Anima Rural.

TRACING FOOD During this residency we had the presence of Sarah Griebel, our facilitator and chef in residency delighted us with her creations of food. She shared with us her process in food making, her experience in producing food and food foraging.

With the products of our farm we elaborated a medium size still-life composition, we worked on sketching, photographing and drawing within a time frame this specific activity, which was our sourcing material for final productions. Those same farm products were cooked by our invited chef in residence, thus not only having the opportunity of tasting her food, but the chance to talk about the importance of food production, consumption and distribution.

We supported those conversations based on books, films and documentaries, as well as our personal experiences.

 TRADICIONAL WOOD-KILN
During the weekend of January 30th & 31st we made our wood kiln, which is build in the tradition of Tonalteca craft style. Our master was Fernando Jimon Melchor who is a great artist and artesian.
This project was posible thanks to the funding of “The Pollination Project” which we are very thank full of the opportunity and trust for grow with arts.

http://www.mexicoartshow.com/jimon-fernando.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ari-nessel/all-that-is-good-in-the-w_b_8564814.html

Civilization Marks.
Cave paintings, sculptures and architectural works transmit the culture of civilizations that have created them and have possibly vanished. They are clear and public representations of particular ideology, class and politics. In contrast to such grand statements body modification practices such as tattoos and scarification are also representation of civilization, however on a much smaller scale; and unlike public artefacts they disappear with the passing of their bearer.

The purpose of this residency is to look into these intimate traces of civilization as they appear amongst native groups and social sub-cultures (aka Soviet criminals, Chicanos, gay males and hipsters) and how their bodies become bearers of politics, class and cultural values. Through formal and informal discussions we will look at modern tattoo practices around the world, including the popularity of certain symbols. The residency will also include a workshop.

Diaspora
Diaspora refers to a scattered population that has moved form its original country. The turbulent history of Latin America has maintained a steady growth of the Canadian-Latin diaspora since the middle of the 20th century.

“Latin-American Diaspora & Perceptions of Home”, is a project that aims to provide artists with the opportunity to reflect on their homeland, their relationship with it and fostering the creation of art that reflects their point of view as outsiders and citizenship.

The residency encourages the artists to think reflect on the ideas through a variety of frameworks: historical, culinary, cultural, political and/or personal taking into account affect.

Through the process of sharing their stories the residency aims to foster discussion and establishment of international networks of exchange.

A write up we got on Xtra! Magazine in Toronto.
January 2015

During Videofag residency from March 16 – March 30, 2015. The residency aimed to supporting artistic and professional rejuvenation for artists, curators, cultural facilitators and artistic administrators in any field of practice. In rustic and rural environs, the residency offered a range of discursive activities and ample self-guided time for research and reflection. Dinners, hikes, curated talks, screenings, and field-trips to nearby cultural sites of interest happened during the two weeks of tranquil isolation offered by Casa Anima Rural.

BODY BECOMING :The body figures as the most important place upon which many of our stories play out. From the Greeks who admired and celebrated the nude, to the Confucian Koreans who covered it eroticizing only small amounts of visible skin, the body is where ancient myths take place.

The body continues to be a place of ideological battles; women are inscribed with ideas of nation and power, and the continual debate over the woman’s right to choose turns the physical body into a concept.

The chemical physiology of the body has helped us achieve states of transcendence – spiritual mystics have forced their bodies into particular states through drug ingestion.

Technological advances have allowed us to see our bodies in different ways. In his seminal “Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man” Marshall McLuhan suggests technology is an extension of the human body, extending or amputating our senses and bodies. We have begun to physically absorb technology through GMO foods, pharmaceuticals, pacemakers, hearing aids, implants and instruments which help to fix and augment the body, blurring the line between human and cyborg.

ANIMA Casa Rural Thematic Residency BODY BECOMING, invites artists to ponder the body and all that concerns it through various mediums in this themed residency. During the residency we will look at the different ways the body has been present in art and culture. We will screen Peter Greenaway’s “Pillow Book”, and Roland Emmerich’s “Universal Soldier”. We will also visit Hospicio Cabanas which house the murals of Jose Orozco. There will be a presentation addressing the body and its cultural significance inviting a series of discussions about the artists’ work and the body.

ENTERPRISE: People Land Culture

Defined as a unit of organization or purposeful activity “enterprise” is a consciously constructed, cultural and economic organization that ultimately deeply affects lives of people directly and in-directly associated with it. The cities we live in, the farms from which we get our food, the banks we use, the artistic/cultural/ educational institutions we support are all forms of enterprise.

“Enterprise: People Land Culture” is an artistic enterprise that brings together Canadian artists with Mexican artists and artistic institutions to create networks and connections and avenues for exchange.

Presenting artists working in a variety of mediums – performance, installation, painting, photography, and video – the exhibition features the work of Canadian and Mexican artists. Showcasing the work of Alana Bartol, Ken Moffat & Sandy McLeod, Julian Calleros, Ronley Teper, Ben Hermann, Liana Bresler, Kathleen Troy, Phil Villeneuve and Johnny Relph, and the Canadian duo Bambitchell the exhibition aims to explore enterprise as a form of human, socio-cultural, economic and educational organization.

The work of Ronley Teper, Kathleen Troy, and Ben Hermann was created at Anima Casa Rural Artist in Residency Program. Immersed in the landscape of rural Mexico, inspired by the ideology of Anima Casa Rural their work is a direct response to nature, the land, its animals and people.

“Enterprise: People Land Culture” is the first collaboration between the Pinata Collective and Anima Casa Rural Artist Residency.

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