Community versus Tourism

“Arriving at a residency involves the excitement of first times. A residency always carries the freshness and excitement of walking into a city for the first time.” – Tania Candiani, from Rethinking Residencies

Let’s assume that we all agree that we want our time at an artist residency to light a proverbial firecracker under our creative practices; we want to somehow come out of the experience richer, energized, with a fertile impetus for creative lives. And residencies can have that effect! But not for the same reasons for all, and not in the same magnitude. Here, at ArteSumapaz, we see different factors having different impacts on different artists:

  • Newness of place and culture
  • Community of like-minded people
  • Nature
  • Supportive infrastructure such as studio and meals

For some of us, the last time we had all of our needs anticipated and didn’t understand what everyone was saying was when we were very young children, so that when that environment is recreated it can have a wonderful way of throwing us back into that oneiric creative space of childhood.

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Inaugural Artist Residency Fellowships of the Victoria’s Secret Global Fund

Fundacion ArteSumapaz, in partnership with the Victoria’s Secret Global Fund, announced its 2024 fellows, a cohort of Colombian women artists whose projects encompass a wide range of explorations in the visual arts including painting, sculpture, drawing fabric arts, and other disciplines. The fellowship awards these visionaries twelve transformative one-month residencies, granting them the sanctuary to support their creative process, foster business acumen and carve pathways in leadership and innovation.

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AIR: Chiara Ciabattoni

Chiara is a writer training as a Biodanza facilitator. She is an intrepid explorer of the inner and outer worlds, loves to celebrate human light and shadow through ritual and dance. She is a theatre lover, who graduated in cultural Diplomacy and worked at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York and at ArteSumapaz – a cultural hacienda in the Colombian countryside, helping create cultural hubs and promoting Arts. Chiara has spent the past decade working front-of-house at the Gate Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and Orange Tree Theatre; as well as Press Rep to actress Lucy Roslyn in The State Versus John Hayes at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is currently working as Theatre Manager for Gate Theatre and Theatro Technis @ 26 Crowndale, and as part of the Young Vic Welcome Team.

From: Italy

Artistic Preference or Outlets: Writer, Playwright, Dancer

Age: 41

Most Beloved Memory at ArteSumapaz: 

“I became a vegan chef for the community for almost two weeks. Playing with foods and creating meals for the hacienda inhabitants gave me purpose and awakened my mothering side, my nature_rooted powers and allowed my creative juices to flow and merge with the fruits of the earth.”

“It was incredible to spend time with a community of artists hidden in the heart of nature, it felt like being born again within the giant legs of the mountains, held within green breasts and dreamy clouds.”

https://www.gatetheatre.co.uk/about-us/the-team/

Three Words: nurturing, raw, harbor

Lessons from Building a Cabin

I’ve resided at the residency at ArteSumapaz for over three and a half years, and in the process, discovered that while I crave community, I need my own space. I’m not quite ready to construct my own house, so embarked on building a small house, or cabin, that afterwards can be another space in the residency. And while I had my share of experience with construction back in upstate New York, the Colombian approach to construction is quite different. Thus, in short, I’ve learned a lot, and would like to share some of those experiences in this post.

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The Pets of ArteSumapaz

We have three dogs and two cats at ArteSumapaz. In reality, we don’t think of them so much as “our” pets, as we are their humans. The dogs, who are all rescues, have an incredible amount of liberty, and will happily follow you to town.

Ray Chimba

Ray Chimba was the first of our dogs. He trotted up the driveway one day, skinny as could be, and terribly skittish. Since then, he’s gained some weight, and has been the muse of many a drawing and song. The phrase “Re Chimba” is a colombian colloquialisms  for “really cool,” but also not considered polite in some circles.

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AIR: Matt Lasensky

“I studied engineering and was in a rough place during my studies. I’ve always loved drawing and decided to take an art class and it changed my life. Art has been my greatest hobby since and continues to be an outlet for me. I’ve mostly worked in factories and manufacturing settings and I’ve always loved machinery. I find old, rusty industrial equipment aesthetically beautiful in a wabi-sabi kinda way. Conversely, being in nature is my other great passion, which is what drew me to ArteSumapaz.”   

From: Pennsylvania, USA

Artistic Preference or Outlets: Mixed media

Three Words: Cleansing; Peaceful; Stimulating

Most Beloved Memory at ArteSumapaz: A percussive jam session on the patio under incredible stars. Great music, people, conversations, and overall time well spent

https://mattlasensky.myportfolio.com/

AIR: Kirsty Nicoll

Kirsty Nicoll is a Scottish artist based in Leiden, The Netherlands. She graduated from Leith School of Art in July 2021. Prior to this, she received an MA in Art History from Glasgow University in 2017. Since leaving university in 2017, her main focus has been travelling, working at a seasonal job in London between trips. In 2019, a month-long residency at ArteSumapaz reignited her love for art and led her to apply to art school. She has a background in textiles, designing and selling fabric at her family’s linen mill in Fife. 

From: Scotland

Artistic Preference or Outlets: Painting, analogue photography, silk screen printing

Three Words: Enlightening; Nourishing; Grounding

Most Beloved Memory at ArteSumapaz: Watching the sunsets over the gorgeous mountain view together every night.

https://www.kirstynicoll.com/

https://www.instagram.com/kirstynicoll.art/

AIR: Antoine Sugita

Born in northern France into a musical family, Antoine Sugita began studies in piano at the age of four. Winner of a competition in contemporary music interpretation at ten, he completed his studies at the Conservatoire de Lille with Alain Raes. Antoine’s passion for improvisation became clear with time, and his music has been chosen for several short films. Filled with a warm and peaceful atmosphere, Antoine is now focusing on both music production and composition. A new album will be launched beginning of 2022 with the purpose of showing many facets of his music.

From: Lille, France

Artistic Preference or Outlets: Music

Three Words: Trust; Simplicity; Balance

Most Beloved Memory at ArteSumapaz: The simplicity of Ric and I sharing both Christmas and New Year’s Eve by ourselves, with good food, beers and a chess board

“As a ‘new artist’, I was in this new phase of sharing my music, the open/true heart and speech of Ric, really accompanied me in this journey of launching my first album of improvisations. As a symbolic act, I put Ric’s favorite improvisation (of mine) in the album, called Grateful. Ric also made the cover of my album! This experience could not have been better.”

https://www.facebook.com/makimusic.prod

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