Forge Project and Momus are now accepting applications to Estuaries: An International Indigenous Art Criticism Residency led by Dr. Léuli Eshrāghi (Sāmoa) and Candice Hopkins (Carcross/Tagish).
Seminars, workshops, and other activities will be conducted by leading writers, artists, curators, and scholars belonging to Indigenous communities around the world. Their respective approaches to mentorship will bring together multiple forms of Indigenous writing and voicing, coalescing with complementing one another under Eshrāghi and Hopkins’s leadership.
Participants in this residency will develop texts, share in community-based mentorship, and participate in professional development informed by the breadth of global Indigenous art criticism and cultural protocols.
The residency will take place over two separate weeks: online from 15-19 May 2023, and in-person from 29 May – 4 June 2023 at Forge Project, located on the unceded homelands of the Mu-he-con-ne-ok (People of the Waters that are Never Still) in Upstate New York.
Estuaries will consider how histories can be strengthened in their expansion and transmission between generations and territories through visual, gestural, and verbal languages. This residency focuses on river- and lake-shores, springs and estuaries, as storied places of local Indigenous nations as well as sites of reciprocity and entanglement between many living beings.
Lines of inquiry include these questions among many:
- Which forms of mark making, writing, and/or critique are most salient to our communities and why?
- In considering Indigenous art criticism as a form of engagement, what do ancestral practices in ceremony, governance, and kinship teach us?
- How do diverse Indigenous aesthetics and knowledges interact between and across Indigenous nations, territories, and art worlds?
- What does water teach us, and how is it different in states of being such as salt, fresh, clean, dirty, mixed?
There is no fee to participate and costs associated with participation will be covered by the organisers, including travel and accommodation.