August 2013 / Number 19
NEW FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
SACATAR FELLOWSHIPS 2014 IN DANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY
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
BIENAL DO MERCOSUL RESIDÊNCIA ARTÍSTICA NO SACATAR
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.
THE MAY/JUNE 2013 RESIDENCY SESSION:
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 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.
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.
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.
THE JULY/SEPTEMBER 2013 RESIDENCY SESSION:
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.
FELLOWS’ PRESENTATION TO VISIO
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.
NEWS OF FORMER FELLOWS
BARB CERVENKA (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:http://thewright.org/explore/exhibitions/645-bandits-and-heroes-poets-and-saints-popular-art-of-the-northeast-of-brazil
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.