Swiss Institute offers four residencies per year in an effort to support artists beyond the parameters of commissions and exhibition making. For three months, residents are provided with an apartment with studio space two blocks away from Swiss Institute’s galleries in the heart of the East Village. Through weekly meetings with our curatorial team, artists can consult on various aspects of their practice, conduct research and develop new work. The residency is unique in that there are no deadlines and no production requirements. With Swiss Institute serving as a liaison between the artist and the city, residents are given a rare opportunity to live, learn and work in an independent and generative environment. Swiss Institute currently hosts residencies supported by ProHelvetia, Balkan Projects and Clarice Oliveira Tavares. Artists include: Lidija Delić, Gina Folly, Jan Kiefer, Christof Nüssli, Abigail Reyes, Sabrina Röthlisberger and Dardan Zhegrova.
Each year, Swiss Institute hosts two residents from Switzerland in a program funded by ProHelvetia. Aimed at promoting artistic exchange between Switzerland and New York, the residency embodies a core element of Swiss Institute’s mission. To learn more about ProHelvetia residencies and how to apply, please click here.
Jan Kiefer (September-December 2019)
b. 1979 in Trier, Germany. Lives and works in Basel, CH
Since completing his master’s degree in Fine Arts at the Academy of Arts and Design in Basel in 2012, Kiefer has exhibited widely, in Switzerland and internationally, including at Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich, Glasgow international, Scotland; Kai Matsumiya, SALTS, Basel; Sculpture Park Cologne; White Columns, New York; Kunsthalle Basel; Kunsthaus Baselland; Kunstverein Wiesen; Kunsthalle Athena, Athens; Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna. He’s currently a lecturer at the Art Academy in Basel.
Image: Installation view of HONEYBAKED at SALTS, Basel, 2017.
Sabrina Röthlisberger (December-March 2019)
b. 1988 in Bern, CH. Lives and works in Geneva, CH
Sabrina Röthlisberger has exhibited work at Centre de Art Contemporain, Geneva; Alienze, Lausanne; Milieu, Bern and Deborah Bowmann, Brussels, Off Sprint, Milan. She studied at HEAD – Geneva where she was awarded a BNP Paribas Foundation Art Award as part of the New Heads initiative. She pervious worked as a member of the collective LGG$B and has organized a number of performances and exhibitions independently. During her time in New York, Röthlisberger staged a series of collaborative exhibitions entitled Les heures sacrées.
Image: Installation view of Indépendante at Milieu, Bern, 2018.
Christof Nüssli (May-July 2018)
b. 1986 in Zürich, CH. Lives and works in Glasgow, UK
Christof Nüssli is a visual artist, whose interdisciplinary approach involves photography, video, sculpture, installation, text and artist books. His work has been exhibited in various institutions and project spaces. Nüssli authored three artist books (Miklos Klaus Rozsa, Withheld due to:, googly eyes) which won international prizes. Since 2014, Nüssli and Christoph Oeschger have run the publishing project cpress, focusing on artist books. In addition to his residency at Swiss Institute, Nüssli was an artist in residence at the Andreas Zuest Library in 2018 and at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma in 2016. In 2013, Nüssli received a Master of Design from Werkplaats Typografie. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts program at the Glasgow School of Arts.
Image: googly eyes, 2018. 68 pp.; 83 colour photographs; Softcover; 500 copies; Text by Christof Nüssli.
Gina Folly (March-May 2018)
b. 1983. Lives and works in Basel, CH and Berlin, DE
Gina Folly’s work investigates the effects of political, cultural and social changes on everyday realities, habits and self-conceptions of the individual. Her research plays around the concept of manipulation and seduction within the sphere of daily life. As a result, everyday objects and situations play a crucial role in her works as motifs or found materials, often searching for a confrontation between humans and their private and public surroundings. These relations and exchanges are emphasized in the way Folly uses, alters and mixes industrial production processes with artisanal or even homemade techniques.Since 2013 Folly has run Taylor Macklin in Zürich together with Adam Cruces, Selina Grüter, Michèle Graf and Thomas Julier. Folly’s work has been shown at Ermes Ermes, Kunsthalle Basel, ML Artspace, Kunsthaus Glarus, SALTS, Spreez, Plymouth Rock, Kunsthaus Baselland, New Jerseyy, CentrePasquArt, Ellis King, Istituto Svizzero among others.
Image: Installation view of Basic Needs I, cardboard box, door lock, air filter, mini projector, video 2:07 min, looped.
Balkan Projects Residency
Open to artists currently living and working in the Balkans, this residency is supported by Balkan Projects, an organization dedicated to the promotion of Balkan contemporary art throughout the world. Balkan Projects was founded in 2017 by Serbian philanthropist and actress Marija Karan.
Selection committee: Dora Budor, Aleksandra Domanović, Zoran Erić, Siniša Ilić, Bojan Sarcević
Dardan Zhegrova (February-April 2020)
b. 1991 in Prishtina, XK. Lives and works in Prishtina, XK.
Dardan Zhegrova’s interdisciplinary practice melds poetry, performance, drawing and soft sculpture to explore memory, intimacy and the construction of identity. Recently, the artist has made a series of large-scale puppets and dolls inspired by the artist’s childhood during the Yugoslavian wars of the 1990s. Selected solo exhibitions and performances include: I DREAMT OF A HYBRID OF PAST AND NOW, Fragile, Berlin (2020); We all run around the backyard, Bazement, Prishtina (2019); Lucky Pierre: Crush at the other table, Pogo Bar at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2018); and You look like you know how to treat a body, with trio Heinz Herbert, Gessneralle Theater, Zurich (2015). Forthcoming projects include a solo exhibition at PET Projects, Athens.
Lidija Delić (March-July 2019)
b. 1986 in Nikšić, Montenegro. Lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia
Delić graduated in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade in 2010, and earned a PhD in the Multimedia Art Department from the University of Arts, Belgrade in 2015. She is co-founder and member of artist-run U10 Art Space in Belgrade. In 2017 she was selected to represent Serbia at the Biennale des jeunes créateurs de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée (BJCEM) in Tirana, Albania. Lidija was a finalist in the 2017 D.B. Mangelos Award, and in 2018 she exhibited at the 57th October Salon, Belgrade.
Image: The West Island, 2018, detail.
Clarice Oliveira Tavares Residency
Led by a selection committee of some of today’s leading figures of contemporary Latin American art, the residency provides artists currently living and working in Latin America with an opportunity to live and work in one of New York’s City’s most vital cultural hubs. Brazilian philanthropist Clarice Oliveira Tavares began supporting this residency in Spring 2019.
2020 Selection committee: Fernando Bryce, Alejandro Cesarco, Federico Herrero, Regina José Gallindo, Claudia Joskowicz, Jessica Lagunas, Jac Leirner, Tania Pérez Cordova, Abigail Reyes, Oscar Santillán, Javier Tellez
Noé Martínez and María Sosa (September-December 2020)
Due to the impact of COVID-19, the residency is conducted virtually, with the potential for residents to travel to the US once restrictions are lifted. Over the course of three months, Martínez and Sosa will be in dialogue with the SI curatorial team as they develop new collaborative work.
Noé Martínez, b. 1986. Lives and works in Mexico City, MX.
Martínez is a visual artist and filmmaker who graduated from Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado (“La Esmeralda”), Mexico City. His work functions as a case study that emerges from personal history, making use of ethnographic methodologies and research of the various histories of indigenous communities of the American continent. His work has been screened at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 2019; 21 Bienal de Arte contemporáneo SESC Videobrasil, Sao Paulo, 2019; FilmFront, Chicago, 2019; Native Crossroad Film Festival,Oklahoma, 2018; Festival Internacional de Cine, Morelia, 2018 (Winner of Eye to the Best Short Film of Michoacán); and at the International Performance Art Week, Venice, 2016.
María Sosa, b. 1985. Lives and works in Mexico City, MX.
Sosa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo. Her work develops from research about colonial pasts and how they shape contemporary racial, sexual and social dynamics in the American continent.Throughout her practice, Sosa pays particular attention to the eradication of knowledge surrounding non-western ways of life and prehispanic cultures. Her work has been exhibited in La Désse Verte Collection, Lasécu Artothèque, Lille, 2019; FilmFront, Chicago, 2018 & 2019; Native Crossroad Film Festival Oklahoma, 2018; Festival Internacional de Cine, Morelia, 2018 (Winner of Eye to the Best Short Film of Michoacán); and at the International Performance Art Week, Venice, 2016.
Images: (Left) Noé Martínez, Árbol II. Las presencias dormidas, 2020. Purépecha textile, strips of leather tanned and dyed, gold leaf, glass eyes, and strips of Otomi manufactured Ámate ritual paper. 110.25 × 30.3 × 3 in. Courtesy of the artist. (Right) María Sosa, Inside enemy II, 2019. Corn cane paste, raw clay, engraved wood, porcelain, metal objects.15.3 x 15.3 x 11 in. Courtesy of the artist.
Abigail Reyes (July-September 2019)
b. 1984 in San Salvador, El Salvador. Lives and works in La Libertad, El Salvador.
Reyes has had solo exhibitions at MARTE Museum, El Salvador; Poporopo Alternative Project, Guatemala; Extra Gallery, Guatemala; Manzanita Hall Gallery CSUN, United States; Museum of Art and Design, Costa Rica, among others. She has had participated in group exhibitions at Museo Jumex, Mexico; Palais de Tokyo, France; Städtisches Galerie Wolfsburg, Germany; Taimiao Art Gallery, China; Cinema Tonalá, Colombia; Poporopo Space, Guatemala; Teoretica, Costa Rica; National Room, El Salvador; Cultural Center of Spain, El Salvador. She has previously participated in artist residencies in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Brazil.
Image: Installation view of Popular Poetry, 2016-2018.
Please note: Swiss Institute does not accept residency applications. Both Balkan Projects and Clarice O. Tavares Residencies operate through an artist-led selection committee. For more information on the ProHelvetia Residency, please click here. For further inquiries regarding Swiss Institute Residencies, please contact Daniel Merritt at firstname.lastname@example.org.