New Residency-Programme /w Armenia and Georgia project manager
starting May + June 2021
Since the former residency-Programme with Armenia, Georgia and NRW, led by Frauenkulturbüro NRW e.V. ended in 2019, I was able to continue the programme with WELTKUNSTZIMMER Düsseldorf, which also includes exchange with artists from Bangalore, Osaka and other regions.
The WELTKUNSTZIMMER residency offers a platform for cross-genre exchange in analogue and digital spaces. The residency program consists of networking, artistic presentations, discourses and an exchange with the respective regions.
The first phase of the residency will focus on Tbilisi, Georgia, and Yerevan, Armenia, in spring 2021. The application deadline for phase 1 was Wednesday, 27 January 2021.
Participants residing in NRW will have the opportunity to reflect on their artistic processes and discuss their own and other working strategies in exchange with cooperation partners in Tbilisi and Yerevan. Through networking in digital spaces and on site, the resident artists will provide their professional colleagues as well as the general public with insights into their work. One focus is on the interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge, strategies and theoretical and practical approaches between the arts.
2018 – ongoing founder together with Institut für alles Mögliche, Berlin Welcome the new project in town: Gemeinde Köln. Maria Wildeis, founder of „Tiefgarage Ebertplatz“ teamed up with Berlin/Leipzig based art project Insitut für alles Mögliche to open up the new space „Gemeinde Köln“. The aim of the space is to broaden the network and to think of art as a network in general.
Bild: Bergernissen, Awakening / Destruction, 26. Januar – 21. Februar 2019
2017 curator Group exhibitions in June 2017 at the CCA Center for Contermporary Art Tbilisi, Georgia and in September 2017 at the Museum Goch, NRW.
Image: Patrick Rieve – SHARE
On the occasion of the anniversary of the 200-year friendship between Georgia and Germany, Museum Goch, the CCA Center for Contemporary Art Tbilisi and the curator Maria Wildeis will be taking part with Frauenkulturbür NRW e.V. in joint group exhibitions in Georgia and NRW in summer and autumn 2017.
Program: 15th June, 7.30 p.m .: Gallery Nectar (Project Space): „Soul-tracks“, butoh-dance by Wolfgang Schäfer June 16, 8 pm: Exhibition opening TAVIDAN: GE, CCA – Center for Contemporary Art & Medea Museum of Medicine
The directional meaning of the exhibition title points to the exchange between two different cultural spaces: Germany and Georgia, the geographic and cultural hub of Asia, Europe and Russia. In both places, artists work together on the concept of contemporary art and make use of a global and cross-cultural visual language.
The exhibition aims to stimulate the exploration of artistic practices in the contemporary art, while illuminating different approaches. The title also refers to works of art that are understood as time-based processes and atmospheric compositions and do not have an effect solely on an object. Questions within the artistic exchange are aimed at the manifold expressions in contemporary art, which create an aesthetic experience in the form of installation art or performance, but also in objects and their placement or the integration of the visitors into the work.
The selected artists work in almost all areas of visual arts, such as painting, new media, installation, film, photography, spatial object art, and they are also at home in other disciplines like music, fashion, bio-farming or education. Their working methods are often at an interface between art and society, architecture, education or music.
„Neither the receptive subject nor the solitary work of art within its limits constitute the reality of art.“ (Ludger Schwarte: Notate für eine künftige Kunst (Notate for a Future Art), Berlin, 2016, p. 11)
During their stay in Georgia workshops are held for art students from Georgia by the German artists.
An accompanying catalog documents the artistic exchange and will be presented during the exhibition in the Museum Goch in autumn 2017.
TAVIDAN is sponsored by the Ministry of Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sport of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia. Frauenkulturbüro NRW e.V. (women’s cultural office) and the Museum Goch have been promoting the exchange of artists between Germany, Georgia and Armenia since 2013 and are thus in a personal, friendly proximity to the Caucasus.
Curator: Maria Wildeis Project Assitant: Leksi Sosela, Project Manager CCA
Artists: CAROLINE BAYER (Berlin, DE LARS BREUER (Köln, DE) ANA CHADUNELI (Rustavi, GE) TAMAR CHADUNELI (Rustavi, GE) NINO CHUBINISHVILI (Tbilisi, Ge) HÖRNER|ANTLFINGER (Köln, DE) MAMUKA JAPHARIDZE (Tbilisi, Ge) GVANTSA JISHKIRIANI (Rustavi, GE) NIKA MACHAIDZE (Tbilisi, Ge) MICHAEL POHL (Berlin, DE) KAI RHEINECK (Düsseldorf, DE) PATRICK RIEVE (Köln, DE) PETER SCHLOSS (Köln, DE) SCULPTRESS OF SOUND (JULIA BÜNNAGEL, PATRICIA KÖLLGES, TAMARA LORENZ) (Köln, DE) NINO SEKHNIASHVILI (Tbilisi, Ge) KOTE SULABERIDZE (Tbilisi, Ge) GIO SUMBADZE (Tbilisi, Ge) WATO TSERETELI (Tbilisi, Ge)
Frame Program: 15th June, 4 p.m .: Presentation Hörner|Antlfinger at Free University Tbilisi (tbc) 7.30 p.m .: Gallery Nectar (Project Space): „Soul-tracks“, butoh-dance by Wolfgang Schäfer June 16, 8 pm: Exhibition opening TAVIDAN: GE, CCA – Center for Contemporary Art & Medea Museum of Medicine
The Frauenkulturbüro NRW e.V. started an international exchange program for female artists in 2013. Two artists from North Rhine-Westphalia visit Georgia and Armenia for two months. And in return, a Georgian and an Armenian artist will come to North Rhine-Westphalia for two months. The goal of the scholarship is to promote women artists to an international level, to expand their network and make them more visible on the art market for further international activities. Cooperation partners are WELTKUNSTZIMMER in Düsseldorf and Museum Goch.
Museum Goch: With its collection of late-Gothic sculptures of the Niederrhein up to the young present art, the museum unites 600 years of art history. Its fascinating collection rooms invite you to an interesting dialogue with history and art. Changing exhibitions, especially on contemporary art, enrich the museum.
Maria Wildeis (* 1984) studied art history, philosophy and classical literary studies in Cologne and has been a freelance curator and project manager in Cologne and NRW since her Master’s degree in 2010. Since 2015, she has been directing the International Exchange Program for female artists for Frauenkulturbüro NRW e.V., and in the same year she founded the Kunstraum Tiefgarage at Ebertplatz in Cologne, where she is curating since then (www.tiefgarage.org). Other projects she managed amongst others: Heritage Heroes (a photography exhibition for the German Commission for UNESCO and the Office of Foreign Affairs Germany, 2015), the 3rd Kunstfestival Strom (Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne 2013), project management Videonale.13 at the Kunstmuseum Bonn (2011) and TAVIDAN:Düsseldorf (in the WELTKUNSTZIMMER Düsseldorf, 2014). Www.mariawildeis.com
CCA – Center for Contemporary Art Tbilisi Since October 2010, CCA has been an independent non-for-profit organization for contemporary art. In addition to the international exchange of exhibitions and artists, CCA focuses on its independent study program for Georgian art students.
Frauenkulturbüro NRW (FKB) facilitates two-months-residencies in Armenia and Georgia for women artists from Northrhine-Westphalia, Germany. In exchange female artists from Armenia and Georgia are given a two months residency scholarship in NRW, Germany. The residency partners are Museum Goch (Stadt Goch) and WELTKUNSTZIMMER Düsseldorf who offer the space for living and working during the residencies in Germany.
The selection of two countries in eastern europe bases on the fact that there are no other exchange programs in NRW of this kind. Especially those countries are interesting to the program, where social, political, ethnic or religious situations challenge the on site working situation for female aritsts.
FKB comitts to the support of such an exchange program to raise cultural networks and to create an international bound between our nations. Due to peculiar sensitivity and perception especially young artists can become a promoter for social, political and of course cultural changes within societies. They are contributing to a cultural interchange and deepen our knowledge about the other.
The artists have free choice how they want to fill their time during the International Artist Exchange Program, depending on personal artistic interests and objectives. FKB is happy to support in networking and assists to make contacts who lead to exhibitions, lectures, performances or other art related reflections and presentations. Still, it depends on the interests of the grant holders to find best way to support their individual artistic carrer. Thus, the worth of the International Artist Exchange Program for Female Artists lies in itself.
It lies upon our conviction that art can only grow in freedom. By providing the artists with the greatest possible freedom and still offering a wide range of possibilities, we hope to give the necessary freedom to develop the individual artistic carreer.
It is also a political statement for FKB to support this program. This is due to the idea that only by posessing a deepened knowledge of the Central European culture and its neighbour countries we can guarantee a connection within europe. Culture is the key to face major social changes on the continent.
Tavidan is the georgian expression for „from the mind“. The word introduces the book of Genesis and it describes the starting point of an idea, a project or a process. Tavidan forms the title of this upcoming exhibition, as it wants to describe the thematical frame within the event: to draw attention to the initial point of artistic contemporary practice and the many formal and conceptual ways it goes. Where does art begin? When does it end? In form of a dialogue between a vibrant art scene from georgia and artists from germany, Tavidan examines the origins of contemporary art and questions the significance of cultural, educational and spacial influence on art.
Ursprung und Entstehung
18 October – 29 November 2014