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Loss and Damage: ‘Acts of Repair’ Artistic Residency

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Ways of Repair :  Loss and Damage artistic residency seeks three artists and/or curators, (applying as individuals or as collectives) working within any medium to undertake new or existing artistic research projects engaging with loss and damage. Throughout the year-long program, the selected artists and/or curators will be supported in their engagement with the issue of loss and damage and encouraged to spend time exploring and developing their artistic and/or curatorial practice in dialogue with other like-minded cultural practitioners as well as a global community of climate change researchers, policymakers, advocates, activists, and negotiators, working on Loss and Damage — the policies and plans developed to address loss and damage.

Each selected participant or collective of this residency will receive a stipend of £10,000 (approximately $12600).

Deadline: 12th of November 2023
Time: 23:59 GMT
Interview dates:  30th November – 1st December 2023
Selected artists announced: by the 9th of December 2023 during UNFCCC COP28

Participation

Taking place between January 2024 and January 2025, the Ways of Repair : Loss and Damage public online program will feature four key moments (three workshops and a symposium) aimed at fostering dialogue between the selected artists and/or curators and Loss and Damage researchers from around the world.  

Throughout Ways of Repair : Loss and Damage residency the selected artists and/or curators will be expected to participate in these key moments but without the pressure of producing a final research outcome. Instead, they will be invited to contribute a digital restitution of their experience to be shared on the Ways of Repair : Loss and Damage website and presented during UNFCCC COP 29 (TBC) and/or the symposium. The research residency will be conducted online and include moments of exchange between the facilitators and selected artists and/or curators as a cohort, mentoring sessions, as well as networking and research and development opportunities tailored to their research focus.

Proposals

Ways of Repair : Loss and Damage is especially interested in artistic research proposals exploring the intangible loss and damage that the climate crisis is causing to culture and heritage, identity and health (physical, mental, and spiritual), as well as reparative acts, modes of healing, community building and kinship-making, that emerge in response to the need to address loss and damage.

Some ways in which artists might engage with Ways of Repair : Loss and Damage include: documenting lived experiences of loss and damage in tangible, experiential and empathetic ways; responding to specific instances of loss and damage, through practices of healing, restoration, reconstruction; participatory approaches to Loss and Damage advocacy and/or activism; exploring the ethical and/or philosophical questions at the heart of the Loss and Damage discourse, or by challenging the Loss and Damage framing itself, and exploring its relationship to the injustice and inequalities at the heart of the climate crisis.

Applications from practitioners representing the Most Affected People and Areas (MAPA) —those at the forefront of intersectional experiences of the climate crisis in the global South and North— are particularly welcome.

The members of the Ways of Repair : Loss and Damage jury are to be selected for their expertise in the fields of art and culture, literature, political, social, and environmental sciences and gender studies. Jury members will be announced in November.

For more information about this opportunity, click here.

Author

Bardi Osobuanomola Catherine is a budding storyteller. Her academic credentials include a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Benin. She has contributed to numerous Art publications across Africa. She is currently a Writer for Art News Africa.

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