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The Egungun ceremony in Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil





Program in partnership with Dance/USA Philadelphia for dancer/choreographers based in the USA. Click here and learn how to apply.Deadline: 16 September 2013 LADCA CULTURAL EXCHANGE INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP 2014
Program in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs for artists living in the Los Angeles County. Click here and learn how to apply.Deadline: 14 October 2013 UNESCO-ASCHBERG BURSARIES FOR ARTISTS PROGRAMME 2014
Program in partnership with UNESCO-Aschberg with bursaries offered in creative writing, visual arts and music composition, for artists from 25 to 35 years of age, born and living in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Russia, the former Soviet Republics, Australia, New Zealand and/or the Pacific Islands. Click here and learn how to apply.Deadline: 14 October 2013

TO GET A TASTE OF A SACATAR RESIDENCY (or if you are a former Sacatar Fellow who wishes to re-live your experience through the eyes of another artist), please watch this short video-journal created by MATT SHERIDAN (USA, 2012), video-artist and Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Fellow to Sacatar, Oct-Dec 2012:



This program is designed for artists participating in the 9th Bienal do Mercosul / Porto Alegre. Only artists who have already been selected to participate in the Bienal do Mercosul may apply for  the unique opportunity to attend an artist residency at the Sacatar beachside estate on the island of Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil. Through this partnership between Fundação Bienal de Artes Visuais do Mercosul and the Instituto Sacatar, two Fellowships shall be granted: one for a Brazilian artist and another for an international artist. The eight-week residency session is expected to be scheduled for the period between 4 August and 29 September 2014. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS AUGUST 31, 2013.



Here follow some of the activities of the last group of Sacatar Fellows. To learn more about their experiences while in Bahia, go to the ALUMNI pages on this website where you can click on the artists’ names and read in their own words about their experiences while at Sacatar.


Daniel rehearsing for his performance at the end of the residency © 2013, Alex Esquivel


DANIEL GWIRTZMAN (USA)During his second Sacatar residency, Daniel worked on a project centered on the creation of video dance work interacting with the environment of Bahia, both natural and man-made. In addition, he offered dance workshops to local students. The Fellow also worked in collaboration with the Balé Folclórico da Bahia, which resulted in his teaching classes to the Company and taking classes there with the dancers. At the end of the residency session, Daniel did a performance at Sacatar with the collaboration of amateur and professional local dancers, from both Salvador and Itaparica.

MAGNOLIA WILSON (New Zealand)The writer came to Sacatar to research local rituals surrounding communion with the dead, looking at how different cultures deal with death. The project evolved from being about communion with the dead to an acceptance of the unknowable, as represented by the figure of the Egum, whose mysterious presence supersedes the need to know who or what animates its costume.  (Watch Matt Sheridan’s video cited above if you don’t know what an Egum is. This religious practice within Brazil is unique to the island of Itaparica.) Magnolia came to Sacatar through the UNESCO/Aschberg Bursary Programme.
NERIZE PORTELA (Brazil)This Brazilian artist used elements of the culture of Bahia to create a video-animation.  She also created video pieces involving two strong local women, Dona Domingas and Dedéa. After her residency, Nerize plans to develop another project about the daily life of the people of the island and their relationship to the sea and natural landscape, as evidenced through their daily struggles and through the beliefs that sustain them. Nerize came to Sacatar through a residency prize awarded in partnership with the Bienal do Recôncavo, São Félix, Bahia, Brazil.
TENDAI HUCHU (Zimbabwe>Scotland)Tendai came to Itaparica in order to start writing a new novel, which took off in a completely different direction during the residency session. During the first three weeks, he wrote two short stories, both of which he sold. (Before coming to Sacatar, the Fellow had published only two short stories in ten years.) Tendai came to Sacatar through a partnership with Africa Centre, South Africa.

Veronny Odili in concert, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil © 2013


VERONNY ODILI (Nigeria)The musician came intending to combine the music of her native Nigeria with the sounds of Bahia. Due to some difficulty in locating regional musicians, she initially focused on composing new material. Ultimately, Veronny collaborated with a producer in Arembepe and with an Ijesha funk afrobeat band in Salvador. The contact with local musicians resulted in plans for future collaborations and exchange. Veronny came to Sacatar through the UNESCO/Aschberg Bursary Programme.


The ‘Levitation Project’ © 2013, Vilma Samulionyte

VILMA SAMULIONYTE (Lithuania)Vilma worked on four projects: the first one consisted in taking pictures of wedding sites in Salvador and Itaparica; in the second, called ‘camera obscura,’ she took photos of people using one of the studios at Sacatar as a dark-room; her third work was called the ‘levitation project’ (see image above); and the last project, connected to the cycle of tides, she presented as a video projection at the end of the residency session. Vilma came to Sacatar through the UNESCO/Aschberg Bursary Programme.

Open Studio Day

On June 28, the May/June group of Fellows opened the doors of their studios to receive the local community. About thirty people came to learn about what the Fellows had accomplished during their residency session. At the end of the day, there was a dance performance by Daniel Gwirtzman, Veronny Odili and local dancers. Nerize Portela and Vilma Samulionyte also screened works they had finished at Sacatar.


Choreographers Anani Sanouvi and Roseli Paraguassu reheasing at Sacatar © 2013, Mimi Ng’ok


Our current group of Fellows arrived on July 15 and will stay until September 9. The six artists currently in residence at Sacatar are the visual artist MARK STEVEN GREENFIELD and the photographer APRIL BANKS, both from the USA; the Nigerian curator and founder of the Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos, BISI SILVA; the Kenyan photographer MIMI CHERONO NG’OK; and the French visual artist WILLIAM WILSON.  All were selected through the Sacatar Open Selection Process 2012-2013. The remaining artist in residence, ANANI SANOUVI, is a dancer and choreographer born and living in Togo. He came to Sacatar through a partnership with Africa Centre, in Cape Town, South Africa. 



For the fifth time, the newly-arrived Sacatar Fellows presented their work and aspirations for their residency sessions to the artist community in Salvador through the local artist network known as VISIO. Held in the auditorium of the Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, the VISIO presentations facilitate collaborations between Sacatar Fellows and local artists. On July 24, in addition to the other Fellows’ presentations,  ANANI SANOUVI performed an excerpt from a choreography he had already created during his first days at Sacatar. Among those in the audience were two former Sacatar Fellows, KOSTANA BANOVIC (Bosnia>Netherlands, 2006) and SCOTT BARTON (USA, 2008), both currently in Bahia. We want to thank the Museu de Arte Moderna (MAM); Sacatar board member Eneida Sanches  and the director of the Atelier Coletivo VISIO, Andrea May, for their support in the coordination of these presentations. Due to renovations at MAM in October, the sixth VISIO portfolio presentation will be at the Instituto Cultural Brasil-Alemanha, on October 30, 2013.




Here is an incomplete sampling of the extraordinary diversity of work currently produced by former Sacatar Fellows, some of which was developed during their residencies. We regret we can’t publish everything we receive from former Fellows, but we love to know what you all are up to, so please stay in touch! (To learn more about our Fellows’ experiences in Bahia in their own untranslated words, click on their individual names below to access their ALUMNI pages.)

(USA, 2000) came to Sacatar as an invited ‘guinea pig’ to test our facilities before the official launch of the residency program in September 2001.  She and Mame Jackson curatedBandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints, Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil, which you can see at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History through January 5, 2014. For a taste of the exhibition, go to:

CHERYL STRAYED (USA, 2003)An interview with Cheryl was recently featured in the magazine ‘Marie Claire’ in which she talks about her second book, Wild (Livre in Portuguese), a memoir of Cheryl’s solo trek along the Pacific Crest Trail. Wild dominated the best-seller lists of the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times for much of last year. The former Sacatar Fellow announced that she will be in Brazil at the end of August to launch her new book Tiny Beautiful Things (Pequenas Delicadezas in Portuguese) during the ‘Bienal do Livro’, in Rio de Janeiro. Mitch Loch, president of the Sacatar Foundation, reports from Sacatar Canyon (in the Sierras of Southern California) that location scouts have been exploring nearby stops on the Pacific Coast Trail in preparation for the feature film adaptation of Cheryl’s book Wild.
EJ LEVY (USA, 2006) will marry on September 28 and is expecting her first child at the new year, events that confirm a prophecy she received while at Sacatar where she met ‘a wonderful priestess on Itaparica (Dona Benedita) who predicted that I should not marry my then-partner but would–after a long time (vai demorar muito)–meet another whom I’d marry and with whom I’d have a child. All of which is now coming to pass.’ Her debut story collection, Love, In Theory, completed at Sacatar, won the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award and recently received a 2013 ForeWord Book of the Year Award; a French edition will be issued next year. ‘Bahia is magic; Sacatar was life-changing.’
FRED MARTIN (France, 2013) presents recent work, including work created during his residency, at the Atelier IPN in Lille, France, from 14 September through 9 November.
GIOVANA DANTAS (Brasil, 2007 e 2010) is taking her video installation Insustentável Leveza to the Caixa Cultural, in São Paulo, Brazil, from 31 August to 27 October 2013. The installation comprises seven works that focus on the relation between weight and weightlessness, all created during her last Sacatar residency, with the participation of JAMIE DIAMOND (USA, 2010).
JOSEPH CAVALIERI (USA, 2003)Joseph Cavalieri exhibits his work Inside the Bubble in the group show “Round Hole Square Peg” at the Smart Clothes Gallery, New York, USA, until 31 August. This work illustrates a two-headed sparrow flying by a portrait of New York drag icon, Lady Bunny. Both are contained in a wall hung glass dome.
From August 31 to September 9, he offers a workshop about his techniques in stained glass at Bild-Werk-Frauenau, Germany.
LAURI LYONS (USA, 2008), founder and editor of the online travel magazine NOMADS, announces its fourth edition, featuring stories and images by world renowned artists and journalists who live life on the run:
MAJA KLARIC (Croatia, 2012) has completed a new poetry collection, inspired by her Sacatar residency and scheduled to be published this fall by the Croatian publisher VBZ.  The prologue of the book will explain the meaning of its title, Quinta Pitanga (the former name of the Sacatar estate), and the rest, she adds, ‘is explained through the poetry…’
MYRONN HARDY (USA, 2002) reports that his recently published book of poems, Catastrophic Bliss, won the Griot-Stadler Prize for Poetry and was selected for the prize by the Poet Laureate of the United States, Natasha Tretheway.  Myronn continues to live in Morocco.  
RITA STASHULIONAK (Belarus>Poland, 2011) has an exhibition at the Galeria Sztuzi in Gdansk, Poland, which opened on 18 August.  The invitation is in Polish, with no indication of the closing date. For additional images of her work (and for a demonstration of the complexity of her egg tempera technique), go to