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PRIO, Oslo: Open Call - R22 - Repression – Expression // Violence – Creative Resistance


miðvikudagur, 9. mars 2022

PRIO, Oslo: Open Call - R22 - Repression – Expression // Violence – Creative Resistance

Residency Dates: 15 August to 9 September 2022
Application Deadline: 23.59 CET 3 April 2022
This residency seeks to create a space for exploration and community between artists whose creative practices respond to experiences of conflict and oppression. It is underpinned by PRIO’s ongoing research project INSPIRE which investigates creative practice and activism in contexts of war.
About the residency
The 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine has once again brought the reality of war into sharpened focus - against a backdrop of ongoing conflicts around the world that continue to devastate the lives of individuals and communities.

Creative practices engage the imagination, poetics, innovation, critical thinking and powers of expression - potential defences and resources for addressing the trauma of war and building new futures. This residency will probe the ways that creative practice can enable new ways of seeing, understanding and relating in response to individual and collective experiences of violent conflict and oppression. It will ask how creative practices can counteract the many ways that the realities of conflict and oppression are silenced: can establish platforms for new local and global narratives, and create space for dialogue, response, critique, and supportive affirmation. It has been in planning since May 2021, but its purposes now feel more urgent than ever.

Selected residents will form a temporary community of around eight local and international participants. The residency will involve group activities, as well as time for independent work. Collective activity is likely to include: creative exchange around the residency theme, workshops, talks, walks, sharing and listening, and visits to relevant places and institutions in Oslo.

The residency intends to end in an open house and informal sharing of the process and work that has been discussed and developed throughout the residency. Other potential outcomes and activities will be decided by the group throughout the residency period.

The residency will take place with PRAKSIS in Oslo over 4 weeks. A collaboration between PRAKSIS and the Peace Research Institute in Oslo (PRIO), it has been developed in dialogue with artist Motaz Habbash, who will join throughout the residency. The residency is supported by Kulturrådet, Oslo Kommune, and the Research Council of Norway through the PRIO INSPIRE project.

About Motaz Al Habbash
Motaz Al Habbash is a Palestinian artist who has lived in Norway since 2014. Motaz works as an artist, producer and curator. In his art, exclusion and the search for identity are themes he frequently works with. Motaz is co-initiator and project manager for "Here and There", a mentor programme supporting artists who are newly arrived to Norway. In this programme, Motaz guides newcomers to establish themselves financially and creatively within the art community in Norway. The aim of the programme is to find concrete solutions – by building bridges between artists, institutions and mentors – that contribute to actual artist participation in the cultural field.

About PRIO
The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people. Founded in 1959, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) is an independent research institution known for its synergy of basic and policy-relevant research. In addition to such research, PRIO conducts graduate and post-graduate training and is engaged in the promotion of peace through conflict resolution, dialogue and reconciliation, public information and policyn making activities.

Researchers at PRIO seek to understand the processes that bring societies together or split them apart. They explore how conflicts erupt and how they can be resolved; investigate how different kinds of violence affect people, and examine how societies tackle crises and the threat of crisis. PRIO hosts the Centre on Culture and Violent Conflict (CCC), which is devoted to the study of relations between culture and violent conflict and is anchored in the arts and humanities. The residency was developed in collaboration with CCC director Cindy Horst and coordinator Sara Christophersen, who will assist in facilitating the residency.

Who can apply?
Applications are welcomed from artists, practitioners, theorists and others whose interests and lived experience are relevant to the residency’s theme – for example, individuals who are presently investigating and making work about the complex interrelations between repression and expression, and/or violence and inspiration.

Selection is based on applicants’ ability both to gain from, and contribute to, the activities of the month-long residency. PRAKSIS aims to provide an environment for development and professional growth: applications are welcome from practitioners of differing ages and experience levels.

PRAKSIS is currently located in one of Oslo’s oldest buildings and does not have step free access. If this will be difficult for you, please inform us after receiving a place on the residency and we will make arrangements to run the residency from an accessible location.

English is the common language at PRAKSIS and residents must be sufficiently fluent to participate in group discussion and activity.

Residents are expected to involve themselves fully in the work of the residency: joining meals, participating in events and engaging with the resident community.

Accepting a residency involves a commitment to participation for the full residency term.

What we offer
The residency offers participants a space to meet, work and engage in creative exchange. Activities and events will be developed in dialogue with the residency group, with residents actively contributing to the collective experience by leading sessions and sharing insights into their creative practice. The residency will facilitate an open space for reflection, discussion and individual or collective creation. The participating artists’ activity and event programme will be additionally supported by invited guests and speakers. Weekly meals encourage discussion, debate and friendship. On weekdays PRAKSIS will provide lunch at PRAKSIS HQ. Dinners for all residents plus invited guests are held weekly.

This residency is free of charge and offers comfortable accommodation for non-Oslo based residents in central Oslo. Local residents will continue to live at their usual address. The residency community will regularly come together at PRAKSIS, PRIO and other locations, including for events and meals. Those who have no other means of attending may apply to receive a stipend to support their participation. Our team is also happy to support applications for external grants wherever possible.

Residents are responsible for their own travel and any further costs. Two to three places are available for international residents. Further places may be offered subject to securing support. Approximately five spaces are available to local residents.

One or two stipends are available for interested candidates who can only participate if provided with a stipend. Please mark the box on the application form if you can ONLY participate if you receive a stipend.

Application Guidelines
Please submit:

A completed application form.

Recent CV/resume.

Portfolio (only one PDF file). Up to 5 images. The images should include captions or short descriptions. For videos/films, please provide links to your own website, Vimeo page, YouTube page, etc. Do not attach actual video files.

Click here for the application form
Open Call Deadline: 23.59 CET, 3 April 2022
Interviews: 24 April – 28 April 2022
Residency: 15 August - 9 September 2022

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