Residency Dates: June 25, 2023 - July 15, 2023
Application Deadline: April 02, 2023

Please note this is a themed residency titled Forums for Storytelling:

This ACA residency with visual artist Alteronce Gumby, interdisciplinary artist Helina Metaferia, and writer/curator Larry Ossei-Mensah will be an experience designed to unfurl the power of overlapping ideas, abstraction, the body, and materiality as forums for contemporary storytelling.

This three-week residency will feature dedicated time with each mentor and group sessions organized for the collective to build comradery, learn, and listen to each other.

During the residency, the mentors seek to unpack a series of questions, including:

-How can the human body connect to physical materials?

-How can the body be energized through engagement with the material world?

-How can one use their body and materials to tell a story about their identity?

-How can writing, painting, or dance be abstracted?

-How can the act of painting be a dance and performance within itself?

-How can movement work and performance be a form of writing?

Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working across collage, assemblage, video, performance, and social engagement. Her work integrates archives, somatic studies, and dialogical practices, creating overlooked narratives that amplify BIPOC/femme bodies.

Metaferia’s work was included in the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates (2023) and the Tennessee Triennial in Nashville, TN (2023). Recent solo exhibitions include Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA (2022); New York University’s The Gallatin Galleries, New York, NY (2021); and Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA (2017). Group exhibitions include ICA San Francisco, CA (2023); Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI (2019); and Modern Art Museum Gebre Kristos Desta Art Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2019). Her work is in the permanent collection of institutions including, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; RISD Art Museum, Providence, RI; and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, NY.

Metaferia received her MFA from Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work has been supported by several residencies including MacDowell, Yaddo, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and MASS MoCA. Her work has been written about in publications including The New York Times, Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Artnet News, and Hyperallergic. Metaferia is an Assistant Professor at Brown University in the Visual Art department, and lives and works in New York City.

Residency Statement:

Our stories are not just content or subjects for our work, they can be a medium in which we create in itself. I am interested in forms of somatic studies and body based research, including performance and socially engaged practices, as either a generative sketch or the final form of a work, in order to cultivate these stories. I welcome all artists and makers across disciplines who want to incorporate a time-based element to their practice. Workshops will include interactive performance and social practice exercises, readings, discussion, critique, looking at contemporary practices, and hands-on studies in the field. The work you decide to make in your studio is up to you, in any medium, but ideally you’ll be willing to stretch your practice by integrating the embodied experiences we do as a group.

Application Requirements:

  • CV

  • Artist Statement

  • 10 images or up to 10 minutes of time-based work (can also be any combination of this, 1 image = 1 minute, ex: 5 images and 5 minutes of work)

  • 150 word response: Why would you like to attend this residency?

  • 150 word response: What do you want to work on during your residency?

Application fee: $25

Click here to Apply!


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