With master instruction, learn to create traditional Peruvian Textiles (back-strap weaving) in the Sacred Valley of the Incas of Cusco, Peru. Extendable 3-week sessions in 2019 (or last remaining spaces in 2018).
Apply Now Through Sunday, November 25, 2018.
Fee reduction options. Spaces are limited. All residency applications are evaluated for selection when they are received vs. after the deadline has passed.
PERUVIAN TEXTILES INSTRUCTIONAL RESIDENCY: ANDEAN WEAVING
In the ancient Andean world, art and technology were not separated; textiles especially had extensive roles in the development of technology and culture. In Peru, textiles are living documents, and probably one of the most important visual expressions, a complex system of communication with meanings and values. The importance of textiles is such that it goes beyond the sphere of clothing; for instance, fabric technology has a primal role in the development of material culture in Peru, and an extensive role in the organization of space influencing stone construction and Andean architecture.
During the Spanish colonization of the Americas, efforts to convert the native populations to Catholicism set in motion complex historical dynamics affecting the art of the people of the Andes in profound ways; nevertheless, many of these processes involved contestation and negotiation of power. In that sense, textile design and abstraction in Peru differs from many other textile traditions, and although there are similarities with other cultures of the Americas, the Andean textile tradition stands out as with unique and complex cultural expressions.
The backstrap loom used in the Andes today dates from pre-Inca times, and weavers use very similar technology to that of their ancestors. Today in Peru, spinning and weaving yarn keeps being an art form, an intrinsic part of Peru’s national heritage, and an integral part of the living culture of the Andes. The knowledge of weaving is usually transferred by the Andean method of person-to-person communication, and by watching and practicing which informs the structure of our weaving programs at Arquetopia.
The Peruvian Textiles Instructional Residency is a production residency that includes 3 weeks of master instruction (27 hours total; 9 hours per week) in Peruvian textiles techniques. Residents learn how to use the traditional back-strap loom, including how to assemble it, and basic weaving techniques. Artists join an integral program in which they learn the technique, approach iconography and traditional textile production systems with more resources, and get a better understanding of Peruvian culture.
OUR ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAMS
Our customized International Artist-in-Residence Programs offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists, designers, curators, art historians, art educators, journalists, writers, and cultural researchers age 20 and over. Our programs are based on a non-exploitative model promoting social consciousness. Residents are strongly encouraged to explore various ways of cultural exchange as part of their artistic and/or research goals and to actively engage in critical discussions as part of their residency experience. Understanding Mexico or Peru’s context and cultural complexity is key for a successful cultural exchange. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who are interested in creating work or inspired by art, elements, techniques or processes specific to Mexico or Peru.
Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique, customized residency programs with substantial content. Our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include structured, informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and individualized project support.
- Selection decisions are based on artistic work and proposed project. Candidates at all stages of their careers (emerging and established) must demonstrate a clear sense of potential.
- Our pool of applicants and residents is diverse in all aspects.
- Our residency programs are competitive opportunities for artists and researchers to pursue their own work, free of pressure (especially work that in their particular circumstances would normally be difficult to produce).
- Selection priority is given to projects that explore a responsible connection between the applicant’s artistic practice and the cultural context of Mexico or Peru. The connection can be as broad as an artistic technique or as specific as a local theme.
- The creation of community with fellow residents and staff during the residency period is important.
Founded in 2009, Arquetopia is an internationally established, award-winning nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Our academic International Artist-in-Residence Programs are the largest and most reputable in Latin America, with an array of contents anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists. We are invested in approaching art and art history with a critical perspective by understanding Mexico and Peru’s complexity in context and incorporating nuances in narratives and interpretation especially of the 3,000-year heritage of visual culture of these two countries. Since its founding, Arquetopia has raised the bar in the residency field, becoming a reference to every residency program in Latin America and influencing most of them in approaching artmaking with more rigorous practices, critical perspectives, and high standards.
Our Cusco residency space is environmentally conscious, continuing our commitment to sustainability and nature, and conveniently located in the town of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Surrounded by rugged beautiful mountains, Urubamba sits next to the Urubamba river and historically has been a transportation hub. Near the Maras Salt Mines dating back from the Inca times, Urubamba architecture dates back to the 16th century and was declared Province in 1825.
Like our other two residency spaces, Arquetopia Cusco incorporates a deeper comprehension of how art and the surrounding ecosystems, as well as the complex cultural heritage, are rooted in the sense of community. Arquetopia’s residency spaces continue to be open for dialogue, exchanges, and encounters while emphasizing our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint, reusing materials, and recycling waste.
Our Peruvian Chalet-style residency hosts up to four resident artists and writers at a time, with sweeping mountain views of the Chicon glacier and views of the little town, including local flora and fauna from the artist rooms. Conveniently located in Urubamba, very close to our local artists/instructors and partnered institutions, the space accommodates the sleeping, living, and workspace for up to four artists-in-residence. In this countryside space, the intersection of art, history, culture, and nature set the tone for reflection, research and production. We welcome artists and writers who are interested in developing projects with non-toxic techniques and seeking a deeper connection with the community, the historical context, and the environment. Artists are also encouraged to participate in diverse activities such as field trips, cycling, and hiking.
Our residents enjoy a safe and peaceful environment, as well as the mild weather that the Sacred Valley of the Incas provides. The residency center is conveniently located in the countryside village of Urubamba, outside of the touristy areas, and only 50 minutes away from the center of the city of Cusco and 15 minutes away from the Ollantaytambo train station that serves the renowned archeological site of Machu Picchu. Cheap, everyday public transportation is also available from the residency vicinity in different directions and to various destinations.
The city of Cusco is accessible via two international airports in Cusco (CUZ) and Lima (LIM). Cusco was classified in 1972 as Cultural Heritage of the Peruvian Nation and declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Located in the heart of the Central Peruvian Andes of South America at 3,400 m (11,155 ft) above sea level, the Cusco region extends into a fertile alluvial valley of approximately 20 km (12 mi), called the Sacred Valley of the Incas, an incomparable scenic and historical major destination. The City of Cusco was remodeled and redesigned in the 15th century after a pre-Inca occupation process of over 3,000 years, under the Tawantinsuyu Inca Empire. After the conquest of the Spaniards in the 16th century when the city was destroyed, the basic structure of buildings was used to construct Baroque churches and palaces over the ruins of the Inca city, such as the Temple of the Sun (Qoricancha), the Aqllahuasi, the Sunturcancha, the Kusicancha and a series of very finely finished buildings that shaped the Inca compounds. As a result, a local baroque style was developed creating a unique and high quality mixed configuration of architecture and art representing the initial juxtaposition and fusion of different periods and cultures, as well as the city’s historic continuity.
A New York Times article in 2017 named Cusco as “Breathtaking (in More Ways than One).” Cusco is included in the World’s Best Cities in 2016 list by Travel+Leisure.
WHAT THIS COMPREHENSIVE RESIDENCY PROGRAM INCLUDES
Our residencies are academically oriented professional programs that are customized to each artist-in-residence. Our programs include weekly meetings with our directorial and curatorial staff for individualized research assistance and resources, project guidance, and critique; 24-hour access to shared studio with personal workspace, large tables, and some tools; and wireless Internet; furnished, private accommodation and use of shared indoor and outdoor common spaces; home-cooked meals, locally grown coffee, and stocked kitchen for 24-hour resident access; shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers; utilities and housekeeping. For the instructional residencies we offer, the instruction our residents receive from the Peruvian master artists we contract is funded directly from the residency fee, and materials and supplies for these instructional courses are included.Arquetopia provides carefully detailed trip preparation materials, arrival transportation instructions, and orientation materials to all incoming residents. Arquetopia Cusco staff provides Cusco airport pickup and dropoff transportation on the scheduled start and end date of the residency.
- 27 hours master instruction (9 hours per week)
- Each resident meets weekly with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critiques
- Our residencies are process-based; residents are not expected to give talks, exhibitions, or workshops
Accommodation, Meals, and Airport Transportation:
- Furnished, private bedroom
- Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and dining room
- Wireless Internet
- Shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
- Pickup and dropoff provided at Cusco airport
- 24-hour access to large, shared studio with natural light
- Personal workspace with large table
- Some tools provided
- Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
- Materials and supplies for additional project production not included but available for purchase locally
RESIDENCY FEE, DATES, AND TERMS
Session Length: 3 weeks during 2019 (or last remaining spaces in 2018), with option to extend for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency. Dates are not predetermined; applicants may nominate their own approximate range of start dates.
Program Fee: USD $749 per week (USD $2247 for the 3 weeks). Optional Art Production Residency extension USD $595 per week. Deposit of 25% of Residency Fee due within 1 week of selection. Balance due by 90 days prior to residency start date. Fee reduction options; e-mail us.
HOW TO APPLY
E-mail Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org
Following selection, applicants are notified immediately via e-mail.
Arquetopia is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our diverse local and international community. Arquetopia’s resident artist and staff backgrounds vary in all aspects. As part of Arquetopia’s mission is to promote diversity, Arquetopia actively fights discrimination by offering access to its programs and activities without regard to race, color, gender or gender expression, national origin, age, religion, creed, or sexual orientation.
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