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Contemporary Art Residence "Tbilisi" II / 2021

The first art residence, the McDowell Colony, was established in New Hampshire, the USA, in 1907, when composer Edward McDowell invited several composers to his farm. During the 20th century, the "Art Colony" changed its name to what became known as Residence, a widespread practice in almost every field of art.

An art residence is an integral part of the institutional infrastructure of the visual arts. It helps to take an artist out of his/her ordinary environment and offers a situation where he/she is provided with working conditions and the opportunity to get acquainted with a foreign territory, different culture and new material.

On the backdrop of the global pandemic, marked with complexity of travel or its impossibility the idea of an art residence got quickly adapted to the new reality. Today, the art residence serves not so much to explore new places, but to maintain the artistic dynamics and creative practices that existed before the pandemic. The new type of residence - "in one’s own studio", helps not only to maintain the creative environment, but also to stimulate the economic process, which is very important for artists, in the face of limited exhibition, commercial and project activities.

The Contemporary Art Residence "Tbilisi", with the participation of 50 artists, was held for the first time in August-October 2020. "Tbilisi" II took place in September 2021 with the 14 participants. The focus of the open call competition for the second residence was a research of physical world, when in the work an artist critically approached any manifestation of usual reality, describes its hidden sides, or offers its artistic-imaginative alternatives.

Contemporary Art Residence "Tbilisi" is supported by the Municipal Department of Culture, Education, Sports, and Youth Affairs of the Tbilisi City Hall.

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