Result of the call for "Artist in Residence 2018"
Residency exchange announced between Tabakalera and Kooshk Residency.
The artists selected were Ana Rakel Ruiz de Sabando and Ila Firouzabadi.
This call for the "Artist in Residence 2018" falls within the scope of the initiatives promoted by the EUNIC (European Union of National Institutes for Culture) and aims to promote the creation of cultural exchange and networks with Iran. The promoters of the initiative are the Spanish Embassy in Iran, AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation), the diplomatic and cultural institutions of the European countries participating in the EUNIC – Iran, the Kooshk Residency and the Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture. The selection committee was comprised of Kooshk Residency and Tabakalera members.
The artists selected for that residency exchange were Gasteiz native Ana Rakel Ruiz de Sabando and Ila Firouzabadi from Tehran (Iran). For four weeks during the month of October, Ruiz de Sabando will complete a residency at Kooshk Residency in Tehran. The artist will continue the work she has carried out in recent years, recurrently using found elements, abandoned objects that house memories and small remembrances as a refuge. Through intuition, she builds small shelters out of wire that recall butterfly cocoons or a spider's nest. Here, a contradiction is produced between the idea of refuge as a space for protection and security, and a cage that deprives freedom. Focusing on Tehran's context, the abandoned elements and objects she selects will serve as a basis for the project, and a connection to the collective and individual memories of its people.
Then, in the month of November, the Iranian Ila Firouzabadi will develop her project at Tabakalera. Firouzabadi focuses on researching a city's fountains with the goal of creating an installation piece. In her project, she connects the decoration of the fountains, whose meaning sometimes refers to the past's bourgeoisie, with current socio-political history (immigration, the refugee crisis, etc.). Backed by European influence, Firouzabadi will participate in the Open Studios event at Tabakalera on 24 November, which will be the perfect occasion to become familiar with her work first-hand.