M HKA / Van Abbemuseum > Research Fellowship for an Artist, Curator, Writer or Thinker (Netherlands / Remote)

M HKA - Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, have announced a Research Fellowship for an artist, curator, writer or thinker. The research grant will facilitate a period of research for up to twelve months, leading to manifestations of the research in two projects presented by M HKA and Van Abbemuseum respectively in 2021: ‘Rewinding Internationalism: The 1990s and Today’ (Van Abbemuseum) and ‘Eurasia: A Landscape of Mutability’ (M HKA). Both exhibitions take place within the context of the four-year programme Our Many Europes, by the museum confederation L’Internationale.

The organisers are looking for a speculative, ambitious research project that can speak across and between the frameworks of the two exhibitions. Researchers are welcome – though not required – to look to the archives, collections or local context of M HKA and the Van Abbemuseum as starting points for the research. The organisers are looking for a research project that offers dialogical perspectives to analyse, question and form methodologies for exploring these designated research areas.

Proposals are invited that address the following research areas and methodologies:

  • Critical engagement with the constructs of internationalism, transnationalism, globalisation and Eurasia.

  • A focus on microhistories, rather than master narratives that serve to illuminate the concepts, histories and visions explored in the research.

  • Projects that consider or use the site of the exhibition to mobilise the research.

  • Speculative thinking / practice in relation to the transhistorical, multipolarity and mutability.

  • Cultural networks of exchange (historical, current or futuristic) that facilitate the exploration of the terms above.

Should they wish, researchers will be given open access to the museums’ archives and networks to be negotiated on an individual basis. They are expected to present an internal seminar for museum colleagues at the start of their research (either in person or online). Research proposals should identify and account for potential restrictions to the project caused by COVID-19. The organisers similarly encourage imaginative, critical ways of working from / through distance. The research (as artistic project or curatorial proposal) will form part of the exhibitions Eurasia and Rewinding Internationalism. The grant consists of €10.000 research fee + a maximum of €5.000 production budget. Limited presentation budgets will be discussed separately with M HKA and the Van Abbemuseum.

Deadline: 6 December 2020

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