Residency Fellows Announced – March 2022


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All residencies canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic


Residency Fellows Announced – November 2019

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Residency Fellows Announced – April 2019

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Session from April 8 to June 3, 2019:

Brazil  Visual Arts  In partnership with ArtRio
Mexico  Literature – Spanish  Sacatar Open Call
India  Literature – English  Sacatar Open Call
USA  Literature – English  Sacatar Open Call
Brazil  Literature – Portuguese  Sacatar Open Call
Brazil  Moving Image  Sacatar Open Call


Residency Fellows Announced – October 2018

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Session from October 22 to December 17, 2018:

South Africa  Music  In partnership with Africa Centre
France  Visual Arts  Returning Fellow 2013
Brazil  Literature  Invited Artist
Lithuania  Music  Returning Fellow 2010
Brazil  Literature 2018  FUNCEB Selection Winner

Residency Fellows Announced – August 2018

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Session from August 20 to October 15, 2018:

Brazil > USA  Video  Invited Artist
Uruguay > Netherlands Photography Returning Artist – 2003
Iran > Oman Photography Sacatar Open Call
USA Visual Arts Sacatar Open Call
USA Performance Sacatar Open Call
USA Sculpture & Installation Art Invited Artist

Residency Fellows Announced – June 2018

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Session from June 11 to August 6, 2018:

Alexandra Pechman
USA  Literature (Sacatar Open Call)
Carolyne Wright
USA  Literature (Sacatar Open Call)
Erica Connerney
USA  Literature (Invited Artist)
Fabio Duarte
Brazil  Visual Arts (Returning Fellow)
Paul Roth
USA>Canada  Curating (Returning Fellow)
Pieter Paul Pothoven
Netherlands  Visual Arts (Returning Fellow)
Victoria-Idongesit Udondian
Nigeria>USA  Craft Arts (Sacatar Open Call)

Residency Fellows Announced – April 2018


Residency Fellows Announced – October 2017

The Instituto Sacatar will bring to Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil, six artists from different disciplines for the session of residence between from October 2 to November 27, 2017.

The Sacatar Institute welcomes its new artists in residence.


Session from October 2 to November 27, 2017:

Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger – USA / Germany – Sound Art

[ Itaparica 4EARS – O+A residency at Sacatar ]
O+A have been making 4Ears recordings for 15 years. These recordings are almost hallucinogenic in their hyper-real detail. We both put binaural microphones in our ears, and make synchronized four-channel recordings of sound environments. The results of two extremely seasoned sonic observers scrutinizing an environment while passing through it are stunning. The resulting recordings, when played back from 4 speakers, one speaker per ear, reveal more than twice as much detail as a stereo, binaural, or even typical surround sound. The listeners are placed at the center of the sound, and can really experience the PLACE of the recordings in a profound way.

Odland and Auinger have not presented this form of sound art publicly and are planning to use their Sacatar residency to explore meaningful ways of presenting this material in an exhibition. They are also keen to make new recordings in the very rich environments on the island of Itaparica. They would welcome working with a range of people with knowledge of the biosphere, the terrain, its sonic ecology, so that their recordings can be enriched with local experience and knowledge of the terrain. O+A would use these new 4Ears recordings to create a sound map of the area.

O+A was founded 1987 by Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger. Their central theme is “Hearing perspective”. Their work is known for large scale, public space sound installations which transform city noise into harmony in real-time. Their projects include “Garten der Zeiträume” (Ars Electronica 1990, Linz), “Traffic Mantra” (at Trajan’s Forum in Rome, 1991), “Balance” (Sonambiente Berlin 1996), “Box 30/70” (beginning in 2000, Siemens, Berlin), “Blue Moon” (New Sounds New York, 2004), “Requiem for Fossil Fuels” (Ear to the Earth 2007, NYC), “Sonic Commons” (2009) and “SONIC VISTA” (Frankfurt 2011). In 2009 O+A introduced the concept of “Sonic Commons”, questioning the dominance of the visual culture in our perception of the world. They believe that we won’t understand ourselves as a culture until we understand our noise.

Bruce Odland is a sonic thinker, composer and sound artist who looks for meaning and beauty in the accidental sounds made by our culture. Odland’s many collaborations with Laurie Anderson, Dan Graham, André Gregory, Wallace Shawn, Peter Sellars, Joanne Akalaitis, Robert Woodruff, Tony Oursler and the Wooster Group have influenced and redefined the role of sound in modern performance. Bruce has won numerous awards for his work in film, radio, museums and theatre. He is the founder of The TANK Center for Sonic Arts, in Rangely, Colorado (www.tanksounds.org). He lives in the Hudson Valley, NY, with his family.

Sam Auinger is also a sonic thinker, composer and sound artist. Since the early 1980’s Sam has dealt intensively with the subjects of composition, computer music, psychoacoustics (the branch of psychology concerned with the perception of sound and its physiological effects) and sound design. Over the years, he has received numerous prizes and awards for his work; the Kultur Preis der Stadt Linz (2002) to honor his body of work, the Berlin Artist-in-Residence program DAAD (1997) and the SKE Publicity Prize (2007). In 2009 he was a scholarship holder of the atelier Berlin at Cité International des Arts in Paris. In 2010 he was named as the first person to hold the title of “City Sound Artist Bonn”.

In addition to his artistic work, Sam Auinger has been a guest professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin, running the Experimental Sound Design department for the Master’s Program in Sound Studies.

From 2013-2015 he was an associate at the GSD in Harvard and in 2017 and gave a course on “thinking with your ears” at the ACT at MIT in Cambridge. He regularly collaborates with city planners and architects, and is a frequent participant in international symposiums on the topics of urban planning, architecture, media, the senses and sound.

Gleb Skubachevskiy – Russia – Visual Art

My name is Gleb Skubachevskiy. I’m from Russia. It’s a great honor for me to come to Brazil for a residency in another part of the world. It’s like a flight to another planet! I can’t explain how I feel. I have studied both classical and modern art at the MGAHU Art College and the Surikov Art Institute. I participated in my first residencies in 2015, while I was still studying at the Art Institute. I was in residence in Montenegro, Greece and Slovakia. For me it is always interesting to do something new. I love to experiment with different techniques, and in every residence I do a new project because I want to reflect the country I am working in. It’s very difficult to plan what I will do during the two months I will be in Brazil. I will experiment, absorb the culture of Brazil and try to reflect that in my work. I have a technique in which I do paintings with paper, a painting technique that I am developing. I will start to make some pictures with creatures penetrating through the canvas. I make these works out of paper. But I must first see the country, feel it, and then I’m going to have a series of paintings and a new project. My works are in private collections of Russia, the Great Britain, Montenegro, Greece, Slovakia, Switzerland and Hong Kong. I live and work in Moscow, Russia.

Joseph Cavalieri – USA – Visual Art

The project for my second residency at Instituto Sacatar is to make a six-foot round stained-glass window for Nossa Senhora da Piedade (Our Lady of Mercy) Church in downtown Itaparica. The church was rebuilt in 1923, with an area for a stained glass window. At that time, the members of the church could not afford to include a stained glass window; today, the cost is even more prohibitive. However, with design approval from the head of the church, I am volunteering my time and creativity to provide the long-overdue window while the Sacatar Foundation is contributing the muchappreciated use of a work space, housing and meals for me while I make the work over two months of the residency. Our Lady of Mercy is the Patroness of Itaparica. Her statue was stolen from the church in 2011. And this stained glass window is a way to bring her back to the church and to the community of Itaparica. This Neogothic style church was built as a monument of gratitude to her and all the independence heroes, whose names are written on the church facade. The church, originally built in 1854, is located in the historic center of Itaparica.

Please refer to cavaglass.com/blog for images and complete project description.

Mauricio Adinolfi – Brazil – Visual Art / Sculpture

I am a visual artist with a background in Philosophy, born in Santos, São Paulo. I am currently a PhD student at UNESP Institute of Arts. My recent projects are developed in public spaces, exploring relationships with others through urban interventions and shared experiences. My work addresses two main questions, the relationship between society and nature, and the civilizing process, based on historical research and direct field work with practicing members of maritime and riverine cultures. In recent years I have been developing works with coastal populations, fishing communities and boating associations. I address questions related to identity, tradition, appropriation and ship-building techniques, as well as issues related to contemporary civilization, such as real estate speculation, environmental devastation and technical advances and challenges. From these experiences, I try to reveal certain basic structures in naval construction, in ports, piers and ship-building. I would like to work with the local community, its ship-builders (of wooden boats) and its fishermen. I also want to research the history of whaling on the Island, the first indigenous populations, the fishermen’s cooperatives and their shipyards, old and new.

Pedro Henrique Lemes da Silva – Brazil – Visual Art

I was born in 1994 in São Paulo. I’m a Visual Arts graduate from FAAP (Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, 2016) and I am currently taking postgraduate courses in Contemporary Artistic Practices, also at FAAP. In my most recent production, I have been focusing on the classroom experience, thinking about ways to establish dialogues in the classroom between my production, student output and the school environment. For this residency, I plan to work with the students at a local school to record their stories. This will be a collective endeavor to record narratives, thinking of ways to share them and to build a common narrative that is not singular but that incorporates different versions and visions. I intend to propose a space inhabited and moved by the subjectivity of each student involved, and to create a physical and symbolic space in which, through the circulation of words and emotions, the presence of oral narratives will be affirmed, above all through listening, as a means to reconfigure the relationships between space, time and memory.

Residency Fellows Announced – June 2017

The Instituto Sacatar will bring to Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil, six artists from different disciplines for the session of residence between from June 19 to August 14, 2017.

The Sacatar Institute welcomes its new artists in residence.


Session from June 19 to August 14, 2017:

Jessica Rimondi – Italy – Visual Arts 2D/3D

I am an Italian artist, living and working between Berlin and London. I attended the Accademia Albertina in Turin and attained my BA degree in mixed media fine art at the University of Westminster, London. My project for the Sacatar Foundation foresees an interdisciplinary installation project, possibly using ceramic sculptures and audio intervention. In these last two years I developed a project involving the world of natural elements, such as Salt, Sugar and Porcelain and their connection/contrast with material bodies/objects of the everyday life, therefore I would love to work with the same process, trying to involve the different communities present in Itaparica and the materials characterizing the surrounding and people’s habits. As I read the description of the residential facilities I suddenly thought about ceramics. I have been working for two years with porcelain, with a series of sculptures investigating “memory and matter” (with references to the namesake book of Henri Bergson) in a discourse around the idea of recollection, repetition, perception and value. Certain themes are embodied in my practice and I think they would be perfect in the context of the Island. Concepts and practical work need a mutual development, such as things and attitudes discovered while working, therefore I still don’t have a specific idea about the installation itself, it will be effected and built by the people, materials, and environment of the surrounding.

jumatatu m. poe – USA – Dance

For my Sacatar residency, my plan is to continue research for my series of dance works called Let ‘im Move You. The Let ‘im Move You series of works is a collaborative project that stems from my research into J-Sette performance with J-Sette artist, and my collaborator, Jermone “Donte” Beacham. J-Sette is a dance form originating in Black southern US female drill teams and majorette lines at historically Black colleges. Parallel in history, leagues of Black queer boys and men would create competitive teams to practice the J-Sette form in gay clubs, pride parades, and even now on reality television. Donte’s and my work explores notions of African-American exceptionalism, stigmas of respectability, and attention to institutional authority reiterated in the J-Sette form, and within the politics of team membership. While in Bahia, I would like to engage with local queer, Black Bahians engaging, among other things, in the J-Sette form. Potentially, I can hold classes in both experimental JSette performance and performance improvisation – since my introduction to J-Sette, I have been developing an improvisation technology, The Switching, that uses heightened attention as a means to approach immediate changing of oneself, of one’s sensorial perspective. I would love to learn from Bahians more about Batekoo physical movement, and its social applications for the proliferation of joy, and for the sustainment of resistance strategies. Photo by Tayarisha Poe / tayarishapoe.com

Maria Teresa Crawford Cabral – Portugal – Visual Arts

Maria Teresa Crawford Cabral, Portuguese / German, is a painter and drawing artist. She lives and works in Germany. In 2008, a large part of her work, 176 pieces among which 40 large-format paintings, was acquired by the art collector Commander José Berardo, becoming an integral part of the Berardo Collection based at the Belém Cultural Center in Lisbon. Under the title “The Mother of the Mothers,” the work was publicly displayed during two nine-months solo exhibitions at the Casa das Mudas on Madeira Island and at the Museum of Modern Art in Sintra, Portugal. “My work is dominated by the presence of the Woman. I work in compact thematic groups, in which it is always the woman who will manage the pictorial contents and the focus of concentration. My last series is entitled “Affinities” and portrays women in their proximity and affinity to an animal. It was with this project that I won the residence scholarship in Sacatar: Affinities in Bahia. I intend to create works featuring Bahian women, along with animals. Bahia has a very rich collective imagination. I want to confront this imaginary, letting it tell me its stories. I will be inspired by its enormous beauty and ancestral intensity. I wish to honor Bahia and I am grateful to Bahia for receiving me.”

Paul Roth – USA – Curating

I am organizing a museum exhibition and editing a book about a famous LIFE magazine picture story set in Brazil, photographed in 1961 by celebrated African-American correspondent Gordon Parks. Once widely known, this story is now nearly forgotten despite its extraordinary place in media history. The book I am writing will be released by famed photo book publisher Steidl Verlag in late 2017; the exhibition will open at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto in January 2019, travel to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles in summer 2019 and then to the Instituto Moreira Salles in Rio de Janeiro. Published on June 16, 1961, the story “Poverty: Freedom’s Fearful Foe” featured an indigent family living in the mountainside favela known as Catacumba, near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s most populous city. Parks anchored his narrative around the eldest son Flavio da Silva, an indomitable 12-year-old holding his family together despite lifethreatening asthma. Published as the second of a five-part series promoting the United States’ recently-announced Alliance for Progress as an anti-communist bulwark in Latin America, the story was intended by LIFE’s editors to visualize regional destitution, identified as a significant challenge to U.S. commerce, trade, and international aid. In Brazil, where the photo essay appeared in LIFE’s Spanish-language digest LIFE en Español, many politicians and publications expressed suspicion of both the story and the magazine’s interference in local matters. I am researching the story in multiple archival collections. At Sacatar, I plan to complete my curation and write and edit—retelling this fascinating story against the backdrop of the country’s interaction with the Kennedy-era Alliance for Progress and the late stage of the Second Brazilian Republic, ending in the 1964 coup d’etat and subsequent military dictatorship, with its very different policies toward poverty.

Precious Lovell – USA – Visual Arts / Crafts

I am an artist + designer + maker who works with cloth and clothing. I am an educator who has traveled to forty-four countries, taught at universities in the US, Middle East and South Korea and as a volunteer in Ghana and Cambodia. As part of my body of work focusing on the narrative potential of cloth and clothing as a means of documenting, honoring and portraying women of the African Diaspora, this project constitutes the continuation of an ongoing series of works entitled Warrior Women of the African Diaspora. My vision is to make a commemorative shirt for the Itaparica Warrior Woman, Maria Felipa de Oliveira, created in the protective spirit and form of African warrior or hunter’s shirts. Like many of the women for whom I have made war shirts, there is often minimal information about them because their stories were excluded from traditional historical narratives. I plan to visit the Casa de Maria Felipa and speak with various Afro Brazilian historians and storytellers to gather further insight. This will be the first shirt in my series to be a collaborative effort of making. I have begun to experience hand fatigue and mild pain when I stitch for an extended period. This has me contemplating how I can alter my making processes to take the realities of growing older into account and continue to “make” as I age. An essential aspect of my residency will be collaborating with local cloth makers. I hope to work with women artisans exchanging ideas about cloth artifacts for the shirt. I intend to explore the textile traditions associated with Afro Brazilian women and to commission pieces to be incorporated into the shirt such as Richelieu Embroidery and Bobbin Lace. Every artisan who contributes will be credited for the completed work. Also, I am open to presenting a talk or engaging in a community conversation on African Commemorative Cloth.

Suzanne Rivecca – USA – English Literature

For the past ten years I’ve worked in the field of homeless services in San Francisco, California. I’ve been particularly inspired by one organization in particular: It’s called Homeless Youth Alliance, it was founded by a woman named Mary Howe, who used to be a homeless runaway. San Francisco has the highest rate of youth experiencing homelessness in the United States. The thing that sets these kids apart from homeless young people in other cities is the fact that they are largely “unaccompanied”: meaning they are on their own, no parents with them, no families. The project I’m working on at Sacatar is a book of short stories about these youth and the people who are trying to help them. It’s largely inspired by my experiences with Homeless Youth Alliance and its resilient, fascinating, multi-faceted staff and clients.
Video about Homeless Youth Alliance: https://vimeo.com/173111728

Residency Fellows Announced – April 2017

The Instituto Sacatar will bring to Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil, six artists from different disciplines for the session of residence between from April 10th to June 5th, 2017.

The Sacatar Institute welcomes its new artists in residence.


Session from April 10th to June 5th, 2017:

Chandrahas Choudhury – India – Literature

Chandrahas Choudhury, 36, is a novelist based in New Delhi, India, and he has written two books, Arzee the Dwarf (2009) and Clouds (forthcoming, 2017). He has been selfemployed for 12 years and also writes book reviews and literary criticism, reportage, essays on Indian politics, and pieces for travel magazines. His time at Sacatar will be his first ever journey to Latin America and he is greatly looking forward to his days in Brazil. Among his favourite things Brazilian are not just soccer (he runs his own amateur soccer team in Delhi) but also the deliciously warm, witty, life-loving novels of Jorge Amado, with their liberal approach to matters of love, friendship and religious belief. At Sacatar he will be working on a book of short stories set in a restaurant in Mumbai (where he lived for many years), Life Lessons From The China Dragon, and a book of literary criticism about the similarities between four of his favourite novelists: Amado, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Bohumil Hrabal and Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay. He loves to cook and hopes that he can learn how to make some Brazilian and Bahian food during his time there. He also hopes that there will be a local soccer team he can play for!

Ladee Hubbard – USA – Literature

I am a writer from New Orleans, Louisiana, where I live with my husband and three children. My first novel, The Talented Ribkins, will be published in August of this year by Melville House Books. While in residence at Sacatar I will be working on a collection of short stories that I began writing when I lived in Brazil with my family in 2010. At that time, I was very interested in how my identity as an African-American woman affected my experience in Brazil. The writing that emerged from that time was largely experiential and intentionally predicated on my awareness of my own cultural dislocation, which was frustrating in some aspects and liberating in others. I am grateful for this opportunity to return for an extended stay and excited to see how my increased understanding of Brazilian culture will impact the direction of my work. During the two months I will be at Sacatar I hope to meet artists whose work confronts with the culture and history of Salvador with an eye towards the future. Salvador holds such a unique place in the imaginations of artists throughout the Atlantic world, where it is recognized as an important site of African cultural retentions in the Americas. I hope to deepen my understanding and appreciation for what this identification means for the people who live there.

Louise Botkay – Brazil / France – Moving Images

Louise Botkay is a French-Brazilian filmmaker and videomaker, who currently lives in Rio de Janeiro. She graduated from the National Film School of France in Paris and filmed in countries like Haiti, Congo, Niger, Chad, Holland, France and Brazil. She makes films in different media, using both cell phone and super-8, 16 and 35 mm film and video, which are often developed by the artist herself. Her method of work involves constructing the movies in collaboration with the people being filmed. She does not use predefined scripts, but by immersing herself in the spaces, stories, desires, and people in the places where she shoots. At Sacatar, she intends to edit a new film and also would like to create a movie or photo project around the residency. During the filming on the Island of Itaparica she thinks it would be great to have people interested in the audiovisual experience to participate as assistants and also helping her with sound capture. Louise will be able to offer a brief course on the technical bases of the main stages of construction of a film

Pat Oleszko – USA – Multimedia Performance

Returning fellow / 2008
I make a spectacle of myself — and don’t mind if you laugh –. Following absurdity to its unnatural ends, the work includes elaborate costumes and props incorporated into diverse performances, films, unruly spatial events and some unpredictable interventions — ever in heavy disguise –. My aesthetic impulse has been to create an art that lives and breathes in society, and to ease social barriers thru the mediums of satire, subtle/tease and insubordination. I hope to create a series of performance using the materials at hand and the talents of those who are enthusiastic and who appreciate the wanderings of a non-traditional Fool. I build pieces using the materials I find locally but also the skills, talent and enthusiasm of those that might want to get involved. The work is social, political, environmental and unpredictable. I am there to create a book but that will take place in addition to whatever events I can literally a-dress.

Seungjae Lee – Korea – Photography

I am a photography-based installation artist from Korea. My main interest is dailiness and I am used to dealing with it in my works. For example, I take pictures of my room’s wall every hour for a week and collage them. Also I make collage works with pictures of signs (signages) that we encounter during our daily life. Another work is collecting interesting scenes during my daily life. Recently I have become to have special interests about shaman who relates between nature and human. Because I think some part of our daily life is determined by shamanistic power. I would really like to meet people who have special affection to dailiness, and participate or observe local shaman ceremony. For the most, I am looking forward to feel and experience Bahia’s daily life and people.

Vilma Samulionyte – Lithuania – Photography

Returning fellow / 2013
Since the last time of staying in Itaparica I cannot forget how much rhythm of life is connected with ocean tide cycles. One of my projects was about tides and change of scenery and routines of life during the high and low water. This time I would like to make a two-month long ocean diary by collecting things from ocean every day after the tide goes down and printing their photograms in technique of cyanotype. Every day print will be marked by the date. In the end of two months there will be a sequence of 50-60 prints constructing the view of the variety of objects reflecting life around the ocean and in the ocean. The structure of paper, signs of salty water and other area specific marks will construct background for the story. The accidental possibility of finding an object will dictate what kind of story I will tell in those two months. Of course we could directly think about globalization, ecology and overproduction. But at the same moment we can think here about the most unusual situations caused by possibilities of discoveries or mythical world existence.

Residency Fellows Announced – January 2017

The Instituto Sacatar will bring to Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil, six artists from different disciplines for the session of residence between from January 9th to February 20th, 2017.

The Sacatar Institute welcomes its new artists in residence.


Session from January 9th to February 20th, 2017:

Joanna Bator – Poland – Literature

Currently I am working on two related projects. The title is “Scenes from the Lives of Deep Sea Fish”. The common theme is cruelty. The deep sea fish represent my characters who inflict and/or experience cruelty. I focus on the following questions. Is cruelty unique to our species? Is it something that links us with animals or its opposite? Are we all potentially cruel? Or only some of us in certain circumstances? Is cruelty determined by environment or character? Or is it perhaps the interaction of both factors? Is a cruel character capable of change or is a template for cruelty imprinted in the human brain? Are we able to create a cruelty free society? If yes, how can we achieve this goal? Why do humans find pleasure in deliberately inflicting pain on other living things? Why do some perpetrators – as Hannah Arendt observed – seem to be rather indifferent rather than ecstatic? Why does the latter attitude fill us with dread? The first part of my project is a novel and the second, a children’s book.

Jori Lewis – USA – Literature / Journalism

I am an independent American journalist based in Dakar, Senegal, where I report on the environment and agriculture. I have reported for numerous publications and media outlets including PRI’s The World, APM’s Marketplace, Nova Next and the Virginia Quarterly Review among others. In 2006, I was a contributing reporter to the series Early Signs: Reports from a Warming Planet, which went on to win the George Polk Award. From 2011-2012, I was a fellow with the Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA) where I wrote about food systems and agriculture in West Africa.

Matthew Burgess – USA – Children’s Literature

I am incredibly excited to come to Bahia as a fellow of Instituto Sacatar. I am a full-time professor at Brooklyn College and a part-time poetry teacher in New York City public schools, so I am accustomed to working with both adults and kids. During my residency at Sacatar, I intend to work on a children’s book that is currently in development as well as a new manuscript of poems. I look forward to meeting locals, learning Portuguese, and seeing what new stories might emerge from this experience. I also am interested in partnering with a local teacher to organize poetry writing workshops with young people, perhaps including a visual art component.

Kato Change – Kenya – Music

Kato Change is a self-taught guitarist whose technique was nurtured by an emerging online community of musicians on YouTube. His self-directed style draws from a heritage of jazz legends as well as African, Flamenco, Blues and rock. Kato has been a fellow in several international music residencies including the U.S Department of State’s One Beat program. The residency and tour brought together musical leaders from around the world to develop global understanding through collaboration and artistic excellence. He has been the lead guitarist in African projects; Tusker Project Fame and Coke Studio Africa. He has played with Salif Keita, Seun Kuti, King Sunny Ade, Neyo, Aloe Blacc, Trey Songz, Yemi Alade and Fally Ipupa among others. In December 2015, Kato released his debut album, ‘The Change Experience’; a collaborative journey, with each artist sharing a unique perspective on creating music. Kato plays regularly alongside his jazz ensemble and several other groups in Nairobi.

Marija Stojnic – Serbia – Vídeo / Film

My work focuses on ancestral music and contemporary sound, and creation of culturally unique audio-visual works that often include performance. The films I make blur borders between documentary and fiction, and their narratives are non-linear and fragmented. Recently I’ve been examining the notion of “personal soundtrack” and the role of non-material ancestral cultural heritage and ritual in the formation of individual identity in the contemporary world. More info on my work is available at marijastojnic.com


Residency Fellows Announced – October 2016

The Instituto Sacatar will bring to Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil, seven artists from different disciplines for the session of residence between October 17th to December 12th, 2016.

The Sacatar Institute welcomes its new artists in residence.


Session from October 17th to December 12th, 2016:

Deisiane Barbosa – Brazil – Literature / Visual Arts

I am a poet, a letter writer and a visual artist. I have been working on a project called “Cartas para Tereza” (Letters to Tereza), a literary narrative that presents itself through mail art, photography, video art, artist book and urban interventions. I am also a wanderer, so, the wanderings, the sensitive experience of displacement, are, for me, a way to produce narratives. Since 2011 I write letters to Tereza and just over a year I began to look for her. My goal for Sacatar is to feed this search identifying “Terezas” by the ocean, women who share their personal stories and take part in a tessitura of fictional realities. The creative process is to express in brief narratives arranged in artist’s book as well as in photography and video art. www.cartasaatereza.wordpress.com
Deisiane is the winner of a literary competition organized by FUNCEB and Instituto Sacatar.

Gabriella Smith – USA – Music Composition

I’m a composer, and I write music for orchestras, chamber groups, voices, and electronics. I am also passionate about ecology and the natural world. Having grown up in coastal Northern California, I have always felt a deep artistic and personal connection to the ocean. I spent my teenage years snorkeling and scuba diving in the beautiful kelp forests of the Channel Islands and volunteering on a songbird monitoring and research project in point Reyes and hiking along the coast and tide pooling on the Rocky beaches, and studying marine and terrestrial ecology.

Latasha Diggs – USA – Poetry / Performance

A writer, vocalist and sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013), a collection of poems, songs and myths, and the cofounder – along with Greg Tate – of Coon Bidness. Her poetry often works with different languages, sounds and topics both historical and current. Her performances have been featured at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Walker Art Center. As a curator and director, she has staged events at BAM Café, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, and El Museo del Barrio. A native of Harlem and 2016 Whiting Awardee, LaTasha recently completed a USJFC Creative Artist Fellowship where she briefly studied Butoh dance and Japanese taiko drumming.

Roland Cros – France – Visual Arts / Sculpture

I’m a French artist, living in Paris. I do engravings, create art installations and wood sculptures in nature. A great part of my creations are woodcuts and printings, coming to this Bahian artist residence, is an opportunity for me to discover Cordel. I know few things about it and I would like to know more, especially the themes, the characters and the technique of these very popular books, typical of brazilian culture. I hope to meet local engravers, authors and publishers. I will probably go and visit the Nordeste region where the Cordel tradition comes from.

Scott Hocking – USA – Sculpture

I create site-specific sculptural installations and photography projects, often using found materials and abandoned locations. I’m inspired by anything from ancient mythologies to current events, and my installations tend to focus on transformation, ethereality, chance, and discovering beauty through the cycles of nature. While in-residence at Sacatar, I plan to work on at least one site-specific installation, which will double as a photography series.

Ueliton Santos – Brazil – Visual Arts

Currently developing research related to identity, territory, border and displacement, human hybrids and the profanation or deconstructions of stigmas imposed on people or places in the formation of identity, such as the Amazon. Recently made an independent residence in the city of Figueira da Foz, Portugal. He participated in exhibitions in Coimbra, and the International Biennial of Cerveira in Portugal. 2011 he was selected to participate in the Rumos Itaú Cultural exhibition, curated by Agnaldo Farias. In 2012, also participated in the exhibition Espelho Refletido invited by curator Marcus Otter and with Paul Herkenhof is invited to integrate Brazil’s Builders gallery with the work Portrait of Placido de Castro. He has exhibited his work hundreds of times in the state of Acre, as well as cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Goiania, Brasilia, Florianopolis, Curitiba, Teresina, Belém, Manaus, Palmas, Boa Vista and others. He has works in collections in Brazil and abroad, and in public collections in the state of Acre. Since 2000 to the present time, where he made his first exhibition at SESC, Ueliton has not stoped exhibiting his work, giving lectures, courses, workshops and conducting research with scheduled exhibitions and ongoing research.
Ueliton is a winner of the competition “Olhares Brasileiros 2016”, a partnership of FUNARTE and the Instituto Sacatar.

Virgílio Neto – Brazil – Visual Arts

My name is Virgilio Neto, I am a 30 years old visual artist living in Brasilia. I work mainly in the language of drawing. In the last few years I participated in several exhibitions in Brazil in institutions, independent spaces and commercial galleries. I have also participated in residence projects in Canada, Acre and Sao Paulo. This traveling experience is very important to my work because a lot of my art making has to do with the willingness to respond to stimuli caused by contact with a new culture and place. I am very eager to be at Instituto Sacatar, not only because I´ll spend two months in Bahia, a place that has always fascinated me, but also because of the opportunity to meet new people and have time to dedicate myself entirely to produce new work. My project for Sacatar has a few pre-established definitions, since the proposal is precisely from the experience that will have on the island. But I can say that when I’m thinking a lot about issues on the landscape, on how to treat the experience of looking at the language of drawing, perhaps the work to move in this direction.
Virgilio is a winner of the competition “Olhares Brasileiros 2016”, a partnership of FUNARTE and the Instituto Sacatar.

Residency Fellows Announced – August 2016

The Instituto Sacatar will bring to Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil, six artists from different disciplines for the session of residence between August 8 and September 26, 2016.

The Sacatar Institute welcomes its new artists in residence.


Session from August 8th to September 26th, 2016:

Januibe Tejera – Brazil / France – Music

Januibe Tejera is Bahian composer based in Paris. His work is inspired by the traditions of oral music around the world and psycho-acoustic studies. After a 1st prix at the Paris Conservatoire, Januibe has been awarded in several countries (Germany, France, Spain, United States, Brazil, Chile …). In 2014 he was a resident composer at the Velázquez House, while member de l’Académie des Beaux Arts de France in Madrid. Currently he is developing two long musical theater projects commissioned by french ensembles. His project for Sacatar is to investigate the traditions of Bahian rhythms, in particular the large groups of percussion, and its relationship to the tradition of written music. Januibe wants also get back in contact with his homeland and create projects with local performers. During the time of residency, Januibe plans to finish writing two pieces that will be premiered in November in Spain by Vertice Sonora ensemble.

Karen Ostrom – Canada / USA – Visual Arts / Multimedia

I am returning to Sacatar to continue working on the lace animation project with the women of Saubara that began with a visit to their shop, Casa das Rendeiras, during the last week of my residency in Dec 2013. It will significantly help in focusing and moving the project forward by being in closer contact with the lace makers as well as providing the opportunity to gather video footage, sound bytes, and images that I’m hoping to integrate into the animation. I also feel that being in close proximity to the women and having some face to face contact will strengthen our communication and further help evolve both our relationship and the project. We have met only once just a few days before my departure from Brazil. I am currently working on completing a short scene for the animation (possibly more scenes if time permits) for an exhibition at BRIC Arts Media House in Brooklyn for January of 2017.

Leslie Huppert – Germany – Multimedia

I am a cross media artist. I do painting and drawing as well as participative webprojects and video-installations. Recently I have been working on social art projects in a high secuity male prison and with refugees. I plan to work on two ongoing projects during my stay in Sacatar, which of course will change through the new impressions and influences.

Nana Ayim – Ghana – Literature

I am a writer, filmmaker and cultural historian. My interests lie in how reality is constituted through narrative and in what lies beyond this; as well as in art’s potential to transform society. My practise comprises writing, both fiction and non-fiction; films, which are a cross between fiction, travel essay and documentary; and collaborations with other artists, choreographers, musicians, writers.

Petri Kaivanto – Finland – Music

Petri Kaivanto, is a multifaceted singer-songwriter and journalist from Vantaa, Finland. His solo recordings contain everything between romantic pop and political rap. He has also composed 3 musicals and songs for other Finnish artists. Since 2004 he has been collaborating with an Argentinean guitarist-composer Alejandro Polemann. They have recorded 2 albums under the title ”Aires de Finlandia” which combine the Finnish and Argentinean tango traditions in various ways, all songs sung in Spanish and Finnish versions. The second album will be released in 2017. Kaivanto & Polemann have performed together in Argentina, Finland, Russia and Estonia.

Zohra Opoku – Ghana – Visual Arts / Multimedia

In being identified as German, Afro-German, African, Ghanaian, Obroni and Asante, depending on my global whereabouts, I´ve learned to live as a Chameleon, which in turn has influenced my work greatly. Because the politics of my nationality, ethnicity, as well as my race are so prevalent, I want to express the positive aspects that can be used within the discovery of belonging, to blend in, or even disappear. I conceptualize West African traditions, spirituality, the thread of family lineage as they relate to self authorship, and the politics of my hybrid identity. I employee installation, sculpture, video and photography at the helm of my practice.

Residency Fellows Announced – May 2016

O Instituto Sacatar trará a Itaparica, Bahia, Brasil, cinco artistas de diversas disciplinas para a sessão de residência entre o dia 30 de Maio a 26 de Julho de 2016.

O Instituto Sacatar dá as boas-vindas a seus novos artistas em residência.


Session from May 30 to July 26, 2016:

Ana Paula Hofling – Brazil/USA – Dance

PhD in Culture and Performance Studies from the University of California in Los Angeles, Ana Paula Höfling is Professor of Dance Studies at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, United States. At Sacatar, she will continue to on her book about the capoeira presence in folkloric shows of the 50s, 60s and 70s, responsible for “exporting” capoeira of Bahia to the world. Emphasizing the creativity of capoeira masters and artistic directors of these shows, her work proposes an alternative to read the narratives that present capoeira as a fixed tradition. Her work in Sacatar also have a choreographic element, where the innovations of the past will be reconstructed and performed.

Caroline Rodrigues – Brazil – Literature

Carol Rodrigues was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1985. Her first book, Sem Vista para o Mar (Edith, 2014), won the prizes Jabuti and Clarice Lispector (National Library) in short-stories category, in 2015. She completed her second book, Os Maus Modos,which will soon be published with funding from the Secretary of Culture of the State of São Paulo (Proac). This year she was guest author in the Script Road – Macau Literary Festival  (China).

Kara Crombie – USA – Video Art

Kara Crombie is a moving media and sound artist from Philadelphia, PA, USA. Her latest project is collectively titled “Aloof Hills”, a darkly comic anachronistic animated series set on an American plantation during the Civil War. She has also produced in the past year several music pieces under the moniker Beat Jams. Kara’s work examines the importance of cultural diversity in the American unconscious and how this distinguishes American popular art. In Brazil Kara hopes to meet and learn from storytellers and musicians in Bahia that explore similar themes in the Brazilian cultural landscape.

Oksana Zabuzhko – Ukraine – Literature

I’m very happy to come to Bahia – a place so far known to me only from Jorge Amado novels. It’s in his words – “Teresa Batista Cansada da Guerra” – that I’ve been explaining my departure to the media in my home country, Ukraine, where I’m celebrated as the author of some 20 books (poetry, fiction, non-fiction), and where, for the past two years of Russian invasion, I couldn’t find time to focus on my new novel dedicated to the memory of my mother. As it’s going to be a book with a lot of mother-to-daughter “female magic” in it, I’d love to get some acquaintance with the local religious traditions famous for their women’s leadership.

Philip Boehm – USA – Literature

My work zigzags across languages and borders, artistic disciplines and cultural divides. I am fascinated by collisions of cultures and their syntheses across time and space. And by the ability of the theater to leap time and bend space and create worlds of its own. For my residency I intend to explore the 1835 Malê revolt as a basis for a play… but as Drummond de Andrade said: “É preciso fazer um poema sobre a Bahia/ Mas eu nunca fui lá.” Now thanks to Sacatar I’ll have a chance to be there! So I’m especially interested in meeting people from the theater and people steeped in local history.

Pieter Paul Pothoven – Netherlands – Visual Art

Visual artist Pieter Paul Pothoven (1981, NL) searches for alternative ways of engaging with the past through study of historical sites, artifacts and resources. He received his BFA at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (NL) and his MFA at Parsons The New School of Design, New York. He was a resident at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown (US) and the Jan van Eyck, Maastricht (NL). In Instituto Sacatar, Pothoven intends to research a particular family history that takes place in the late 70’s. The point of departure is an orchid from a Dutch botanical collection, which was taken from Brazil to the Netherlands by his grandfather. Pieter would love to meet people who can show him places where orchids grow in the surrounding nature of Salvador.

Residency Fellows Announced – March 2016

O Instituto Sacatar trará a Itaparica, Bahia, Brasil, cinco artistas de diversas disciplinas para a sessão de residência entre o dia 21 de Março a 16 de Maio de 2016.

O Instituto Sacatar dá as boas-vindas a seus novos artistas em residência.

Session from March 21 to May 16, 2016:

Elisabeth Zwimpfer – Switzerland/Germany – Animator/Filmmaker

Elisabeth has studied Graphic Design and Fine Arts at AdBK Nürnberg and Illustration and Animation at the School Arts Kassel. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Germany, Switzerland, South Korea, and Austria, including at the prestigious contemporary art exhibition documenta in 2015. Her recent twelve minute animation piece, “Ships Passing in the Night,” was inspired by drawings made by young refugees in Kassel, Germany, who came to Europe by boat.
In Salvador / Itaparica, Elisabeth would like to create a storyboard based on the wishes and dreams of local street children which may become a graphic novel or an animated movie. She´s open to collaborating with the other Sacatar Fellows and is curious about African influences in Bahian culture.

Gordana Hajinovic – Serbia – Photographer

Based in Belgrade, Gordana has exhibited her work widely in solo and group exhibitions in Italy, Slovenia, Spain, and Serbia and has received numerous awards in international photo competitions.
The project Gordana seeks to pursue while in Bahia is research on several aspects of documentary photography, including the limits of spontaneity and directing in documentary photography. Gordana’s work explores the question of whether the mere selection of a frame that a photographer makes represents a spontaneous moment or the mere choice of some kind of directed reality.
She uses a mirror in her practice of photography. She is interested in exploring the idea of decomposition – composing by decomposing – simultaneous photographing what is in front and behind – mirroring environment and the people who are not even aware of themselves reflected in it.

Lauren Adams – USA – Visual Artist

Lauren has exhibited at the North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh), the Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), an ex-Turkish bathhouse in Belgrade, Serbia, Nymans House National Trust (England), Royal NoneSuch Gallery (Oakland, CA), The Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh, PA), EXPO Chicago (with the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis), Contemporary Applied Arts (London) and CUE Art Foundation (New York). She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, has held a residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, La Cité internationale des Arts in Paris, France, and Back Lane West in Cornwall. She is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Award and a Puffin Foundation Grant. She holds an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University and a BFA from the University of South Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Best known for her works on paper and painted installations, Lauren facilitates connections that further our understanding of empire, race, and labor. At Sacatar, Lauren will continue her investigations into colonial relationships among and between Brazil, the Netherlands, and Portugal. She is particularly interested in the expression of political ideology in historical ornament, focusing on the tradition of azulejos (blue tile).

Luciana Magno – Brazil – Visual Artist

Widely exhibited throughout Brazil since 2007, Luciana is the 2016 PIPA Prize awardee. A graduate of UNAMA – Universidade da Amazônia, she holds a Master’s in Contemporary Art from the Universidade Federal do Pará. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of Fundação Rômulo Maiorana, Museu Casa das Onze Janelas, Museu de Arte Contemporânea do Rio Grande do Sul, Santander Cultural, Museu da Universidade Federal do Pará, and Museu de arte do Rio de Janeiro/ MAR. She was winner of the 10th edition of the National Network Programme Funarte Visual Arts with the project Cordless Phone, which crossed the country from North to South on highways and waterways, from which she created a video and audio file about the cultural, historical and geographic Brazil. The integration of the body in the landscape and the environment is a key and recurring element in her works.
At Instituto Sacatar in Bahia, she intends to observe the natural landscape and its surrounding relationships while attempting to insert herself in the changes / appropriations created by it. She also wishes to deepen her knowledge of “bilro,” the handmade lace developed in several coastal cities of Brazil, especially in the Northeast.

Maureen Fleming – USA – Choreographer / Dancer

Maureen is the Artistic Director/Performance Artist and Founder of the Maureen Fleming Company. After extensive study in Japan with Kazuo Ohno, co-founder of Butoh, an avant-garde movement developed in postwar Japan, Maureen went on to perform with his son, Yoshiro Ohno, and to tour internationally with performance artist and choreographer Min Tanaka. Maureen continued her training in the United States as a scholarship student under the Cecchetti master Margaret Craske. In 1984 she became an artist-in-residence at La MaMa ETC in New York. She has completed residencies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, The Seoul Institute of the Arts, and The Juilliard School. This is her second Residency Fellowship at Sacatar. Connecting cultures and art forms, Fleming is renowned for her original form of visual theatre.
Her solo and group works have received international acclaim in such venues as Japan’s 1990 Butoh Festival, Italy’s 1995 Spoleto and 1993 Milan Oltre Festivals, Venezuela’s 1994 Encuentro International, Mexico’s 1995 Jose Limon Dance Festival, Iceland’s 1996 Reykjavik Arts Festival, France’s 1996 International Mime Festival in Perigueux and Maison des Cultures in Paris, Germany’s 1997 Tollwood Festival and Oldenburg Internationale Ballett-Tage ’99, Russia’s Mimolet 97, Colombia’s Contemporanea International Festival 1998, 1999 ,2001, and 2003, Manizales International Festival 2003 and 2005, Korea’s Seoul Performing Arts Festival 2003, Brazil’s FILO 2005 and Mercado Cultural 2002, 2005, 2009, LaMaMa E.T.C.(with Yoshito Ohno) 1991, 2004, the Pittsburgh Dance Council 1992 and 1996, the 1994 Bates Dance Festival, the 1995 San Francisco Butoh Festival (with Akira Kasai), the 92nd St Y Harkness Dance Project 1996, the Kitchen 1998, University of Cincinnati CCM- Dance 2002, 2009, Cincinnati’s Contemporary Dance Theater 2000, 2002, 2009, The Cleveland Museum of Art 1998, 2009, 2011, The Virginia Museum of Fine Art 1999, Symphony Space 2003, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, the Flynn Center for the Arts 2004, 2007, Jacob’s Pillow Festival 2008, Boston’s Majestic Theater 2002, 2004 and the 2006 Fall for Dance Festival at City Center, Performing Americas Tour 2012 to Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay. She has been awarded fellowships from the National Performance Network Creation Fund 1996 (After Eros), 2002 (Decay of the Angel), 2005 (Waters of Immortality), 2006, 2009 (Community Fund), National Endowment for the Arts (1993-1995, 2001, 2004, 2013), New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project (1997- 1999), Rockefeller MAP Fund (1997, 1998), Arts International (1993- 2003), Performing Americas Project (2003, 2012), Meet the Composer Choreographer Project (1992), New York Foundation for the Arts (1980) in Choreography and Performance Art (1990, 1997), Greenwall Foundation (1998, 2004), the Asian Cultural Council (1990, 2004, 2006), NEA Japan US Friendship Commission (2001), Japan Foundation Performing Arts Japan (2002, 2004, 2007). She is a recipient of a Fulbright Commission in Colombia (2005) and Korea (2006, 2007). Maureen’s evening length works ‘After Eros’ and ‘Decay of the Angel’ and ‘Waters of Immortality’ and ‘B. MADONNA’ included collaborations with playwright David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly), composer Philip Glass, and light and visual artist Christopher Odo.
During the Sacatar Residency, she will create original choreography for her new evening length work inspired by the mysteries of the iconic Black Madonna and the miracles associated with her across cultures. She will give a presentation of the results of her research at the culmination of the residency in a site in Itaparica. She will also give workshops and classes in Fleming Elastxx, an original training method for dancers.

Meredith Lackey – USA – Filmmaker

As a filmmaker and artist, Meredith has shown her work in exhibitions and film festivals throughout the world, including the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival. She received a BA in Philosophy and Film/Video from Hampshire College and an MFA in Moving Image from the University of Illinois Chicago. She is the recipient of the UFVA Carole Fielding Grant and is a 2014 Princess Grace Foundation Honoraria winner.
Meredith Lackey will be shooting a short film and is looking for local non-actors to appear in front of the camera. She would also like to hire someone with good English skills to translate / guide / assist with equipment. In addition, she is interested in connecting with the local youth media nonprofit, Kaboom, or similar youth oriented NGOs. She would like to meet the organizers of such groups and teach or assist with workshops and would like to connect with local artists or political activists who are interested in politics and representation.


Residency Fellows Announced – December 2015

O Instituto Sacatar trará a Itaparica, Bahia, Brasil, cinco artistas de diversas disciplinas para a sessão de residência entre o dia 14 de Dezembro de 2015 a 01 de Fevereiro de 2016.

O Instituto Sacatar dá as boas-vindas a seus novos artistas em residência.

Sessão de 14 de Dezembro a 1º de Fevereiro de 2016:

Olek – Polônia – Artista Visual

Voltando à Bahia, Agata Oleksiak, ou simplesmente OLEK, utiliza-se das cores e da exploração conceitual, investigando a sexualidade, idéias feministas, e a evolução de uma comunicação, meticulosa e acima de tudo sincera.  OLEK avança nos limites da forma, da arte, do artesanato  e da arte pública, combinando o escultural ao extravagante.  Com a tradicional técnica do crochê, e utilizando linhas, como efêmera matéria, ela expressa os fatos e às inspirações diárias, criando metáforas de complexidade e inter-conectividade de nossos corpos e de nossos processos psicológicos.  Os estouros de OLEK de cores brilhantes mascaram frequentemente as críticas políticas e cultural tecidas nas fibras das instalações.  O trabalho de OLEK já foi exibido em galerias, museus, e em espaços públicos do mundo todo, como: Wynwood em Miami, museu do Brooklyn em Nova Iorque e ao Smithsonian na C.C. de Washington.  OLEK atualmente vive e trabalha no Brooklyn.

No Sacatar ela pretende dar continuidade a pesquisas iniciadas, há 7 anos, quando da sua primeira vinda à Bahia.

Bruno Cançado – Brasil BH – Artista Plástico

“Durante minha a residência no Instituto Sacatar pretendo investigar formas artesanais de produção e a construção vernacular. Irei pesquisar no artesanato regional, como a tecelagem, a cerâmica e o trabalho em madeira, o conhecimento sobre materiais e práticas de produção transmitidos por gerações. Tenciono, assim, trazer essa experiência e pesquisa para minha prática em escultura e desenho.”

Johnny Ranger – Canadá – Vídeo Artista

Quem também está vindo para uma segunda residência no Sacatar é o canadense Johnny Ranger, que volta à Bahia 07 sete anos após a sua primeira temporada baiana. Ele divide seu tempo entre suas próprias criações interdisciplinares, que envolvem múltiplas projeções, e projetos colaborativos com coreógrafos, diretores, centros de mídia e design.

Akirash – Nigéria / EUA – Artista Visual

Artista interdisciplinar Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya – Akirash como é conhecido nasceu em Lagos, na Nigéria, mas vive e trabalha em Austin, Texas, EUA.  O foco dos seu trabalhos está, baseado na efemeridade do tempo, voltado para a preservação da memória e é, frequentemente, marcado pelos conflitos entre rural e urbano, o pessoal e o universal, investigando os sistemas invisíveis do poder que governam a existência diária, e que instigam ao debate. Seu trabalho, por utilizar uma multiplicidade de técnicas e materiais, resulta em mídias mistas, pinturas, esculturas, instalações, vídeo, fotografia, som, ou performances. Objetos encontrados que se relacionam a uma comunidade particular ou à sociedade são pontos centrais em seu trabalho.

Durante a residência no Sacatar Akirash pretende focar nas relações Brasil x África com ênfase na Nigéria, através dos fenômenos culturais, instrumentos musicais, música, dança, religiões tradicionais, jeitos de corpo, falares, provérbios, cerimônias e festivais.

Ele busca por colaboração e gostaria de entrevistar pessoas que conhecem a história tradicional, que praticam religiões tradicionais, a dança, uso de instrumentos musicais etc. Se você se encaixa nesse perfil ou sabe de alguém que possa contribuir com sua pesquisa, por favor entre em contato conosco.

Michael Zelehoski – EUA – Artista Visual

Michael Zelehoski é um artista visual norte-americano baseado em Nova Iorque. Michael brinca com materiais diversos, notadamente pedaços de madeira, mesclando-os fisicamente ou como inspiração nas peças que compõe. Com exposições em diversos estados do EUA e no exterior, agora é a vez da Bahia conhecer um pouco da sua arte.

Residency Fellows Announced – October 2015

O Instituto Sacatar trará a Itaparica, Bahia, Brasil, cinco artistas de diversas disciplinas – dois desses em parceria com a FUNCEB-Fundação Cultural do Estado da Bahia e EAV do Parque Lage – RJ – para a sessão de residência entre o dia 05 de Outubro e 30 de Novembro de 2015.

O Instituto Sacatar dá as boas-vindas a seus novos artistas em residência.

Session from October 5th to November 30th, 2015:

Fran Siegel – EUA – Artista Visual

Fran Siegel é uma artista visual, que vive em Los Angeles. Seus desenhos já foram expostos em diversas galerias mundo afora e integram coleções de importantes museus.

Ela está no Brasil por ter ganho uma bolsa-prêmio de quatro meses da FULBRIGHT, tendo passado dois deles no Rio de Janeiro, trabalhando com estudantes da EAV do Parque lage e UERJ.

O projeto que ela pretende desenvolver no Instituto Sacatar se dedicará a estudar reflexos de luz, ouro, espelhos e água nas iconografias do Candomblé e nos cultos a Babá Egun.

Fran tem estudado a história afro-brasileira desde que trabalhou com o professor Robert Farris Thompson na Universidade de Yale, 20 anos atrás. Esse projeto é orientado pelo Museu Afro de São Paulo e seus desenhos resultantes serão expostos no Fowler Museum da UCLA em 2017. Por desenvolver trabalhos inspirados na conexão entre pessoas e lugares, ela espera ser convidada a ir a cerimônias religiosas de matriz africana e gostaria de realizar uma oficina de desenho com jovens itaparicanos, retratando suas memórias pessoais de lugares significantes da ilha.

Odaraya Mello – Brasil RJ – Artista Visual

Odaraya Mello (Odaraya em iorubá brasileiro, significa Alegre Vivaz) Foi criado entre o Ilé Omiojuaró ( casa descendente do Ilé Alaketu) e a Lapa carioca. Entre a tradição e a globalização; entre o Asé e o HipHop; entre a manutenção e a construção. Sempre entre produções sociais, históricas poéticas, estéticas; fortes, ricas e pouco destacada por seus próprios Protagonistas Guardiões, Sacerdotes, Contadores, Cantadores e Rimadores. Ele deseja que o período da residência no SACATAR possa ser fértil no encontro e na aproximação com os guardiões mais velhos e também com os mais jovens dos cultos de língua iorubá brasileira e o culto aos Ancestrais o que torna a Ilha de Itaparica referência na memória do grande povo da região Nigero-Congolesa do continente África, aqui resistente.

Desta aproximação espera poder artística e coletivamente fortalecer a ponte entre o ancestral, o contemporâneo e futuro. À memória de antes da Diáspora de hoje e após. Ele deixa no ar a provocação: “Hoje no fluxo da hiper-aceleração, da comunicação como guardamos nossas práticas? Quais praticas que nos destacam/identificam?”

Para saber mais sobre a artista e seus trabalhos, acesse: http://odmello.tumblr.com/

A vinda de Odaraya Mello foi possível graças a nossa parceria com a EAV do Parque Lage http://eavparquelage.rj.gov.br/

Rik Freeman – EUA – Pintor

Quem está voltando para uma segunda residência no Sacatar é o norte-americano Rik Freeman. Ele planeja continuar a série de pinturas que começou aqui, na Bahia em 2011. A série é inspirada na contribuição afro-baiana para a cultura e história brasileira. Ele pretende agora aprofundar sua pesquisa e para tanto conta com a colaboração de voluntários baianos.

Tom Correia – Brasil – Escritor

Nesta segunda edição da parceria entre o Sacatar e a FUNCEB o selecionado no edital para escritores baianos foi Tom Correia, que pretende, durante a residência escrever um livro de crônicas que abordará temas que envolvem, essencialmente, uma visão particular de mundo.

Ele acredita que essa oportunidade será importantíssima, como estímulo à criatividade e para uma produção literária mais cuidadosa. Além disso, será um momento de autorreflexão sobre o ofício de escritor no contexto baiano.

Saiba mais sobre o residente e seu trabalho em  https://acavernadoescriba.wordpress.com/

Luciany Aparecida – Brasil – Escritor

Luciany Aparecida é escritora, baiana, que escreve a partir de três “heterônimos” Margô Laas, Ruth Ducaso e Antônio Peixôtro. É com a assinatura do ilustrador e poeta Antônio Peixôtro, que a escritora vem ao Instituto Sacatar encontrar com o mar. Nesse período de residência artística a escritora pretende trabalhar o encontro com o mar, com a ilha e moradores, como elemento estético para ampliação de sua produção de arte (escrita e imagem) com o heterônimo Peixôtro – ilustrador baiano, interiorano, de setenta e três anos que nunca viu o mar. A escritora pretende trabalhar esse período de encontros marítimos como desamparo (deslocamento) de limites (geográficos e estéticos) para a composição dos traços (desenhos) de Peixôtro.


Residency Fellows Announced – October 2014

O Instituto Sacatar trará a Itaparica, Bahia, Brasil, cinco artistas de diversas disciplinas –três destes em parceria com a UNESCO-Aschberg, um em parceria com a Dance/USA Philadelphia e um em parceria com a Fundação Bienal do Mercosul– para a sessão de residência entre os dias 13 de outubro e 08 de dezembro de 2014.

O Instituto Sacatar dá as boas-vindas a seus novos artistas em residência.


Sessão de 13 de outubro de 2014 até 08 de dezembro de 2014:

Germaine Ingram – EUA – Coreógrafa

Germaine Ingram é uma coreógrafa norte-americana que dedica grande parte do seu trabalho para investigar a memória coletiva –como as comunidades e as sociedades lembram, constroem e recontam suas histórias, especialmente aquelas dolorosas e difíceis. Ela interpreta vidas e vozes interiores de pessoas que foram esquecidas na história oficial, como, por exemplo, os africanos escravizados que serviram ao presidente norte-americano George Washington em sua casa na Filadélfia, ex-escravos aprendendo que a escravidão nos EUA foi proibida em 1865, etc. O objetivo da coreógrafa, tanto em Itaparica quanto em Salvador, é aprender como as comunidades afro-brasileiras usam a dança, a música e o teatro para mostrar e resistir às formas de se esquecer, lembrar, explicar e usar a escravidão e os seus legados como fonte de inspiração. “Espero compartilhar meu processo criativo além de aprender e colaborar com artistas baianos”, afirma a artista.

A parceria entre o Instituto Sacatar e a Dance/USA Philadelphia possibilitará a vinda desta artista.

Lina El-Mounzer – Líbano – Escritora

Lina El-Mounzer é uma escritora libanesa que trabalha com a ficção e a memória pessoal. Ela tem interesse ​​nos mosaicos da memória e das paisagens e como eles se encaixam: as pequenas narrativas pessoais que, juntas, compõem a história coletiva de um determinado lugar. Durante sua estada no Sacatar, Lina vai trabalhar principalmente em um romance sobre as consequências da guerra civil libanesa e como isso afetou a arte e a vida do seu povo, traçando os estilhaços psicológicos de um único carro-bomba em 1984 através das vidas de vários sobreviventes ao longo de 20 anos. O prólogo do romance foi publicado on-line e pode ser encontrado no seguinte endereço eletrônico: http://www.warscapes.com/literature/meaning-estar-numerosos-0

A parceria entre o Instituto Sacatar e a UNESCO-Aschberg possibilitará a vinda desta artista.

Liutauras Janusaitis – Lituânia – Compositor

Liutauras Janusaitis é um performer e compositor lituano que tem como campo de atuação principal o jazz e a música eletrônica. Durante a sessão de residência no Sacatar, o artista irá se concentrar na composição de peças para quinteto de jazz e orquestra de cordas e também na produção de música eletrônica. “Também estou muito interessado em conhecer músicos locais –especialmente percussionistas– e, se possível, conhecer alguém com quem eu possa gravar o meu projeto”, afirma o residente.

A parceria entre o Instituto Sacatar e a UNESCO-Aschberg possibilitará a vinda desta artista.

Mário Macilau – Moçambique – Fotógrafo

Mário Macilau é um fotógrafo moçambicano e sua produção artística centra-se em questões políticas, sociais e culturais ligadas às transformações radicais da espécie humana no tempo e no espaço. Ele lida com a realidade complexa do trabalho humano e as condições ambientais, em evolução ao longo dos tempos, usando as imagens que capta como uma forma de confrontação visual que cria uma linha de reflexão sobre a realidade. Mário usa uma variedade de técnicas e processos fotográficos, desenvolvendo o seu trabalho de acordo com a temática e a sua identidade artística. Seu objetivo na Bahia é mergulhar na cultura local e desenvolver uma forte linha de envolvimento, baseada na relação com membros da comunidade, para entender melhor sua história e como ela tem sido preservada.

A parceria entre o Instituto Sacatar e a UNESCO-Aschberg possibilitará a vinda deste artista.

Romy Pocztaruk – Brasil – Fotógrafa

Romy Pocztaruk é uma jovem artista brasileira, que vem ganhando espaço no cenário nacional e internacional. Sua produção está ligada à fotografia e à vídeo-arte. Interessa-se também pelas relações possíveis a partir do cruzamento de diferentes campos e disciplinas (como ciência e comunicação) com o campo da arte, gerando resultados poéticos em diferentes meios e suportes. No Instituto Sacatar, a residente pretende continuar uma pesquisa fotográfica –que vem desenvolvendo em diversos lugares– relativa às ruínas urbanas e históricas, dando visibilidade a lugares que caíram no esquecimento.

A parceria entre o Instituto Sacatar e a Fundação Bienal do Mercosul possibilitará a vinda desta artista.

Residency Fellows Announced – August 2014

O Instituto Sacatar trará a Itaparica, Bahia, Brasil, sete artistas de diversas disciplinas –dois destes em parceria com a VideoBrasil, um em parceria com a Fundação Bienal do Mercosul e um em parceria com a Fundação Cultural do Estado da Bahia (FUNCEB)– para a sessão de residência entre o dia 04 de agosto e 29 de setembro de 2014.

O Instituto Sacatar dá as boas-vindas a seus novos artistas em residência.


Sessão de 04 de agosto de 2014 até 29 de setembro de 2014:

Anthony Arrobo – Equador – Artista Visual

Anthony Arrobo é um artista visual multimídia natural do Equador. Em suas obras, ele utiliza materiais diversos, como tinta, grafite e até lágrimas humanas. Nas esculturas de Arrobo, tudo é natureza e cultura simultaneamente. As linhas indistintas entre o real e o imaginário que estão presentes em seu trabalho, são uma forma de investigar manifestações culturais do mundo natural e, como tais, daquilo que é percebido e visto como influência em nossa interação com o ambiente. Para saber mais sobre o artista e seus trabalhos, acesse http://anthonyarrobovelez.wordpress.com/.

A parceria entre o Instituto Sacatar e a Fundação Bienal do Mercosul possibilitará a vinda deste artista.

Bakary Diallo – Mali – Vídeoartista

O vídeoartista malinês Bakary Diallo vive e trabalha na França. Ele usa elementos da vida cotidiana para construir narrativas, que questionam os efeitos da violência. Seus filmes tem sido apresentados em mostras como a l’Afrique en mouvement, Montreal (2012) e a 20ª Semana de Cinema Experimental de Madri (2010). Durante a residência, o artista trabalhará em seu novo filme, intitulado “Time travelers or Breath”. Este projeto aborda a influência,  nas comunidades Afro-Brasileiras e Afro-Americanas, das religiões trazidas ao continente americano pelos negros africanos no período da escravidão e como elas sobrevivem do folêgo dos  antepassados mortos da África e diáspora.

A parceria entre o Instituto Sacatar e a VideoBrasil possibilitará a vinda deste artista.

Basir Mahmood – Paquistão – Vídeoartista

Basir Mahmood é um vídeoartista natural de Lahore, Paquistão. O projeto que ele tem interesse em desenvolver no Sacatar será uma extensão de sua prática no campo estético do documentário. Ele pretende observar pessoas, espaços públicos, objetos e histórias que encontrar no dia-a-dia na Bahia e, a partir daí, formar a perspectiva que usará em seu trabalho. Durante sua estada, Basir quer interagir com pessoas e fazer bons amigos. Conheça mais sobre Basir Mahmood e seus trabalhos em seu site www.basirmahmood.com.

A parceria entre o Instituto Sacatar e a VideoBrasil possibilitará a vinda deste artista.

Dany Leriche e Jean-Michel Fickenger – França – Fotógrafos

Os fotógrafos franceses Dany Leriche e Jean-Michel Fickinger retornam ao Sacatar, cinco anos após a primeira sessão de residência de ambos no Instituto, para completar o projeto “Os Filhos e as Filhas dos Deuses”, iniciado na Bahia em 2009. Este projeto tem como objetivo desvendar a situação do Candomblé na Bahia e entender até que ponto ele é ameaçado por novas tecnologias de marketing e pela proliferação de outras igrejas. Nesta nova temporada em Itaparica, Dany e Jean-Michel conduzirão entrevistas em vídeo com Pais e Mães de santo e também filmarão evangélicos que pregam em estações de Salvador. “Com nossas fotos, queremos contribuir para a valorização da cultura espiritual africana e afro-brasileira e com a memória de seu patrimônio imaterial”, afirmam os artistas. Saiba mais sobre os residentes e seus trabalhos em www.dljmf.org/home.html.

Ersi Sotiropoulos – Grécia – Escritora

Ersi Sotiropoulos é uma romancista e poeta da Grécia que retorna à Bahia após oito anos de sua primeira residência no Instituto Sacatar, em 2006. A escritora trabalhará em uma novela que abordará os pontos de convergência entre as culturas grega e baiana. Ersi pretende colaborar com a comunidade local, possivelmente com poetas ou pessoas interessadas em poesia, mas primeiro precisa descobrir maneiras –talvez através de poesia visual– para superar as barreiras lingüísticas que encontrará. Interessados em colaborar com a residente podem entrar em contato através do e-mail info@sacatar.org ou do telefone 71 3631-1834.

Marielson Carvalho – Brasil – Escritor

Marielson Carvalho é escritor, professor e pesquisador de literatura e cultura, com projetos literários e acadêmicos de crítica cultural sobre identidades afro-brasileiras e africanas, especialmente sobre as relações simbólicas e materiais dessas referências em contexto baiano. Em sua temporada no Instituto Sacatar, ele pretende desenvolver um ensaio sobre o cantor e compositor Dorival Caymmi e Xavier Marques, escritor itaparicano e um dos imortais da Academia Brasileira de Letras, a partir de imagens, músicas, histórias e ambiências que ambos vivenciaram e recriaram do mar da Baía de Todos os Santos. A proposta é realizar este trabalho com a comunidade local em escolas e bibliotecas, divulgando através de palestras sobre a produção desses artistas e de mini-cursos de criação literária. Para saber mais sobre o artista e seus trabalhos, acesse http://marielsoncarvalho.blogspot.com.br/.

A parceria entre o Instituto Sacatar e a Fundação Cultural do Estado da Bahia (FUNCEB) possibilitará a vinda deste artista.