Our first edition will summon and host eight Berlin-based artists for a six-week period in Mexico City. These artists will be joined by eight local ones, who will also be invited to participate in the program.
The time frame is the 10th of April - 20th of May of 2019.
As a fundamental element of the Human Residency Program, the local and International guest artists will attend a specifically designed Gender Workshop, "Representaciones Culturales de la Sexualidad / Cultural Representations of Gender and Sexuality".
This Workshop will provide an introduction to the social schemes in Mexico City, with a focus on gender issues relating to equality, freedom, and diversity. The workshop will also lay the informative groundwork to understand these topics as they pertain to Mexican culture, and to prepare artists to engage with the community. The Workshop will be hosted in the Numismatic Museum of Mexico City. Each week there will be a new subject presented by a different expert regarding gender issues.
At the end of the sixth week, the works created by the artists will be shown in a collective exhibition curated by three guest curators: one local, one Berliner and one International.
The Curators will also be present throughout the six-week period to facilitate the interactions between the artists and the various institutions who will be cooperating with Human Residency’s Art Circuit, where the artists will be able to make use of the Public Space, Selected Museums and Galleries, along with other cooperating Cultural Institutions, to host talks, workshops and showcase their work in the weeks leading up to the final exhibition.
The final collective exhibition will be hosted in one of these cultural institutions in Mexico City. Afterwards, the exhibition will be shown in Berlin, Germany.
Reflections on the binary conception of gender, sexuality,
and the role they play in our constitution as human beings.
Cultural Representations of Gender and Sexuality is the theme of this year´s residency program. This workshop was formulated as a platform for Mexican and International artists to participate in a process of observation and reflection about what it means to have, to be and to become a sexual and sexed body in a specific cultural context.
The participating artists will explore their own conditionings about gender, derived from the prevailing social context, through their artwork.
During the six weeks, the artists will attend lectures, panel discussions and exchange dynamics. These educational processes will be guided by experts, activists and academics with significant backgrounds in Gender affairs and sexuality.
The lectures will deal with a specific subject each week in order to allow greater depth to the theoretical and personal experience of the participants, enriching and developing a true confrontation with their belief systems as a result of their own cultural and social contexts.
Created by Mónica Martínez Guerrero - Cofounder and Cultural Manager of Human Residency
The artists will be able to present their work in Human Residency's Art Circuit, where Selected Museums and Galleries, and other cooperating Cultural Institutions in Mexico City will host and showcase their artistic manifestations.
The manifestations will include: workshops, temporary exhibitions, installations, public interventions and performance, collaborations, talks, roundtables and educational experiences through art.
These will be coordinated and curated by the guest Curators, who will be working with the artists individually and collectively during the Residency Program, and by the Workshop's Academic Coordinator.
For this first edition, the invited country will be Germany. The final collective exhibition will be shown in a Contemporary Art Institution in Mexico City and afterwards in Berlin.
The date for the Pre-opening and Opening in Mexico City is the 17th of May 2019.
We want the final exhibition to be the starting point for new visual and sensory concepts that challenge current perceptions. We wish to create a space where Contemporary Art allows new communication strategies based on international exchange and the diversity that is brought about by cultural clashes.
Polina Stroganova, (1982, Moscow) is director of Proyectos Monclova gallery in Mexico City. Stroganova holds a Master of Cultural Studies from the University of Lüneburg, with a major in Contemporary Art History and Theory.
A dedicated agent in the cultural field, Stroganova has experience as a gallery director, curator, writer, and university lecturer. She served as the director of Galerie Crone in Berlin (2011-2013) and the director of 401contemporary in London (2009-2011). She has curated a number of independent exhibitions in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Mexico, and was a member of the documenta12 Educational Department (2007).
Stroganova has served on the board of Kunstverein Hamburg from 2008 until 2011. She was on the selection committée of MONITORING in Kassel (2007-2009) and was a special advisor to the Material Art Fair, Mexico City (2014). Storganova is currently part of the international selection committee of Art Brussels. She has been a lecturer at the University of Lüneburg and at the Acadamy of Fine Arts Vienna and has written a number of texts for catalogues and publications with Taschen.
Anissa Touati is an exhibition maker, independent curator and Chalet Society’s co-director based between Mexico and France. Touatihas realized numerous exhibitions in unusual places from public spaces, disused buildings to outdoor sites. She tries to forge links and interactions between artists and the exhibition space.
For her projects "Luna Park" and "Triangle Walks" in Art Basel (Miami), "Form Scratch" in Art Basel (Basel) and "Yodeling Circus" at the Venice Biennale, Anissa Touati has developed a reflection on the institutional system.
Impregnated by the transcultural studies and the New Institutionalism, she questions the established roles and the archetypes existing inside the exhibition space.
Touati also independently organized or co-organized exhibitions at institutions and galleries such as "¿Cómo te voy a olvidar? " at Galerie Perrotin (Paris), " The Queen falls "at Galería OMR (Mexico City), « Canal Cosmovision » at Broad Museum (USA), « Lost and Found » at Palais de Tokyo (Paris), « A tall Action is not a height » at the Chimney (NY), « Romance Atomico » at Galeria Barro (Buenos Aires) among others. She has participated internationally as rapporteur and in conferences or residencies. She currently serves on advisory committees of Salon Acme, Mexico and Icade art residency, Paris.
Carlota Ibañez de Aldecoa Silvestre(born 1993 in Madrid, Spain - based in Berlin since 2011) is a young curator and art historian.She studied Violoncello at the “Conservatorio Profesional Adolfo Salazar de Madrid” andArt History with specializations in African Arts and Contemporary Art, together with Italian Philology at the “Freie Universitätzu Berlin”. She has worked and collaborated with several art galleries and spaces in Berlin and Spain and has curated more than 400 group and solo exhibitions, frequently also bringing together music and dance performances. In 2015 she organised the Arts festival Around The world in Thiry Days, featuring works of 63 artists from South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, USA, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Cuba, Nepal, Poland, Belarus, Bulgaria, Israel, Togo, Malawi, Tunisia, France, Greece, Spain, Uruguay, Bahamas and The Netherlands. Since 2016 she co-runs the Magic Beans Gallery, located in the Auguststraße in Berlin. The gallery has reached in the past two years a relevant international level, participating in renowned art fairs such as Volta NYC, Volta Basel, Mia Photo Fair Milano and Contemporary Istanbul. Carlota is in charge (among others) of the gallery program, the communication with the artists, collectors, collections, press and foundations, the selling, curating the exhibitions, researching, applying to art fairs, marketing strategy, artist managing and a long etc.