Reside / Sustain
Reside/Sustain is a research project that examines the role of artistic and residency activity in various aspects of sustainability. At the core of the project lies a firm belief that residency organisations, apart from offering artists and art field practitioners a place to work, can also connect local aspects of sustainability to wider perspectives, including the ways we travel, work, live, and interact.
The project is scheduled for 2021-2024 and is supported by the Kone Foundation. Initially, the project was focusing on Finnish and Russian experiences, although later it expanded its geographical scope.
The project aims to examine how art residencies, as well as artists and art field practitioners understand sustainability; increase awareness and spark the discussion; inspire institutions and individuals to make their actions and operations more sustainable by providing them with insights and possible solutions, as well as support exchange of practices and development of connectivity between the actors.
Reside/Sustain is primarily involved in knowledge production (articles, essays, interviews written by both project participants and invited experts from different fields), knowledge dissemination through various channels, organising and participating in different events on the topic of sustainable development from art and residency perspective, as well as providing art residencies for artists and art field professionals in collaboration with Finnish actors, and enabling exchange of practices.
Miina Hujala is an artist and curator that has been curating the Finnish-Russian residency programme Connecting Points at HIAP (Helsinki International Artist programme) from 2016, she is also a curator of a display window art space called Alkovi in Helsinki (from 2009).
Angelina Davydova is a journalist and environmental/climate expert based in Berlin. She is a fellow with the program Media in Cooperation and Transition and a climate projects coordinator with the cross-border journalistic network n-ost (Berlin). She is also a co-host of a podcast the Eurasian Climate Brief and a member of the Ukraine War Environmental Consequences Work Group. Angelina has been an observer with the UNFCCC since 2008.
Adel Kim is a Russian-born curator currently based in Helsinki. She co-organises in the Association of Artistic Residencies of Russia and runs airofrussia.com, a database of Russian residencies. She did MA thesis research on the residency field in Russia (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences and Manchester University, 2020) and wrote the first toolkit on residencies in Russian language Art Residencies: For Whom, Why, and How (2021).
We are open to ideas and collaborations!
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