An Accessible and Flexible Residency for Artists with and without Disabilities
UNBOUND is Germany’s first flexible and accessible residency and exhibition program for artists with and without disabilities working across multiple disciplines. A flexible and accessible residency means that artists are supported financially, creatively and can carry out the residency at a location, pace and scale that suits them best.
The program runs from October 2022 to July 2023 and is funded by the Senatsverwaltung für Inneres und Sport in connection with the Special Olympics, which will be held in Berlin in June 2023. The project is a pilot project that we hope will develop into a permanent feature of Berlin’s cultural landscape. We will create a Handbook at the end of the project to document our experiences and the feedback of our participating artists.
We have invited a diverse group of six artists to participate in the residency who will each receive a grant to create a new work in response to the theme of “connection”, exchange with other artists in a series of creative workshops, receive one-on-one mentoring and show their work in a culminating exhibition during the Special Olympics in June 2023.
Our Artists in Residence
Heike Bollig is a Berlin-based visual artist and art educator. After an apprenticeship as a wood sculptor at the Berufsfachschule für Schreinerei und Holzbildhauerei in Berchtesgaden, Bollig studied sculpture at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich and media art at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe from 1997 to 2004. Bollig’s artistic work includes various long-term projects in which she deals with everyday culture, parallel economies, and the question of what influence context has on the perception of art. She gained international attention with the long-term project Errors in Production, which is dedicated to errors in industrial production.
Credit: Stange und Spirale (Plakat), 2012, 59,4 x 84 cm, Ausstellungsansicht „Amateurism“, Heidelberger Kunstverein 2004.
Catherine Rose Evans is a Berlin-based Australian artist and writer who works across photography, sculpture, installation and text. Her work focuses on geologic time and where this intersects with our own human timescales: as found in our bodies, their materiality and our lived-histories as they unfold against geophysical forces. Initially trained in science, and then photography, her work is characterised by a material intimacy that subverts the utility of everyday materials such as rocks and carpet to give unexpected shifts in our perception of light, weight, scale and balance.
After completing her studies at the Victorian College of the Arts, Naarm/Melbourne, she was recipient of a VCA Graduate Mentorship (2013) and Georges Mora Fellowship (2017). She has exhibited widely, most recently her work Standing Stone won first prize in the 2020 Neuköllner Kunstpreis, Berlin. In 2022 she will be an artist in residence at MASSMoCA, Massachusetts US.
Photo by Piotr Pietrus
Rita Mazza is a deaf queer freelance artist, actress, visual sign performer and dancer. She received several awards for her lead role of Sarah in God’s Forgotten Children with Theater Artisti Associati Company in Italy. Additionally, Rita Mazza also serves as the artistic director of Festival del Silenzio, an international performing arts event focused on sign language and deaf arts. She speaks Italian Sign Language fluently as well as German, French and International Sign. Since 2010 Rita Mazza has lived in Berlin and is currently working as an artistic director and performer on visual sign performances in Berlin. She has a longstanding collaboration with Making A Difference.
image: Dandelion II, Sophiensaele, January 2022 (credit: Mayra Wallraff)
Born in 1979 in Stendal Dennis Meier is a Berlin based visual artist working across a variety of media including painting, wall drawings and installations and site specific works in public space. He has exhibited in both Germany and France in such recent shows as Slumber, Frontviews Berlin, Man ist nicht behindert, man wird behindert, oqbo – Raum für Bild, Wort und Ton, Appartement, Berlin, Manic 3, Maniac Episode 3, Künstlerhaus Dosenfabrik, Hamburg, retraho, betahaus, Berlin and Painting and the like, Paris CONCRET, Paris.
With his collages and sculptural assemblages, the Berlin artist Macks Querfeldt creates a universe of his own – he uses everyday found materials (newspaper clippings, packaging, pieces of wood, flyers with lettering and pictures), in order to lure out meaningful and meaningless levels of association through adaptations such as overpainting and gluing over in the Dada tradition, which can be quite subversive. Macks Querfeldt has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Germany and has exhibited work in a solo exhibition at Galerie Art Cru in 2020: “Launch-Na klar”.
Asako Shiroki was born in Japan in 1979.
“Through the forms of fragments of furniture and architecture such as a chair, table, lattice or wooden frame, my works provoke physical memories of forms and evoke the viewer’s individual memories. At the same time, while forms consistently remain as fragments, imagined function is suspended, floating around without a destination and blurring the outline of these memories. As you follow the blurred memories beyond the haze, it feels as if you have stepped into a different place, as you become more sensitive to sound, scent, resistance of the air, and colors that you have never been aware of. In this moment, you are likely looking on happenings with a bird’s-eye view more on ‘your’ side, as the amount of buoyancy slightly exceeds that of gravity”
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image credit: Kirstin Naomie Broussard