2021 Revolution Residency

Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe

February 19, 2020
Application deadline: April 1, 2020, 11:59pm

Santa Fe Art Institute
1600 St Michaels Dr Building # 31
87505 Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) offers thematic residencies each year free of charge to socially engaged, marginalized, and under-represented artists and creative practitioners from across the globe. The annual theme provides common ground for diverse individuals working in various media and disciplines while honoring their differences in experience and perspective. 

2021 Revolution Residency
According to Paulo Freire, people can, “develop their power to perceive critically the way they exist in the world with which and in which they find themselves [so that we may] come to see the world not as a static reality, but as a reality in process, in transformation.”

In the last few years numerous global social movements and political protests, many of which are ongoing, have brought inequities and systematic violence into the foreground of public discourse. These upheavals have focused specifically on wealth inequality and the ways in which it reinforces tyrannical rulers and oppressive regimes, and erodes democracy, public wellbeing, and environmental stewardship. In the United States of America, our current system of government, social structures, and cultural values continue to uphold inequitable power dynamics and extreme wealth disparities, and ignore the looming climate catastrophe. The upcoming US presidential election already impacts our public discourse, and will undoubtedly deeply affect our future reality.

Throughout our 2021 programmatic theme, Revolution, SFAI will support research, artworks, and creative actions that use artistic imagination to provide sites of resistance, instances of engagement, and solidarity with transformational movements. We seek proposals that aim to revolutionize the status quo and which are bolstered by creative insurrection, utopian imagination, and an expansive agency wherein everyone—across a range of ethnicities, nationalities, gender identities, and abilities—has the power to shape reality.

Letters of recommendation due: April 8, 11:59pm
Cost: 35 USD application fee
All of our residencies are offered free of charge to awarded residents.

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SFAI is celebrating 35 years in 2020!
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