perfocraZe International Artist Residency- [pIAR] hosted by “crazinisT artisT studiO” is an interdisciplinary artists' program and a performance ‘hatchery’. It serves as an incubator, laboratory and an interactive platform for artists, activists, researchers, curators and thinkers to develop and engage with one another on a rich variety of artistic research projects. The studio is located in the hub of Kumasi, the second largest city of Ghana and the capital of Ashanti Kingdom.
Exploring the performative energy of the body and the soul
pIAR has been designed as a site and point of contact for promoting cultural exchange between international and local artists, writers, curators photographers, film makers, video artists and many more. Participants are encouraged to explore the contemporary spirit and rituals of performativity in our multigenerational societies and cultures, as well as question the complexities of race, gender, social justice, marginalisation and identity politics. The residency runs from January to end of August each year. We invite and accept proposals from international and local artists to stay and develop their projects over a period of 4 weeks while focusing on processes, collaborations and experimentations rather than products. Participants will be given the opportunities to share their experiences through discussions, research, workshops, presentations, talks and lectures. Projects developed in the residency will be eligible for exhibition at Chale Wote Art Festival, the Alliance Francaise Kumasi and Accra, public spaces, schools and other alternative art spaces.
Our focus is on performativity while aiming to merge contemporary art, culture and the people through collaborative practices. The Ashanti Kingdom is full of
performative expressions, rituals, festivals and cultural practitioners that we hope our artists in residence could collaborate and engage with.
"I believe performance is an embodiment of life, perhaps subtle but intensive and ephemeral, which could provide an intimate dialogue between the performer/s and the audience (co-performers). It is important using performance as a potent medium to re-examine our own colonial and post colonial history from dynamic experiences and views." crazinisT artisT
Due to logistical inability to fully fund our diverse and talented selection of participants, international artists are advised to seek for sponsorships or fundings from their home countries or alternative organisations for return flights and any high budget production cost. We will nevertheless provide free accommodation, free wifi, and cover limited materials cost.
Selected Participants are eligible to stay ONE MONTH FREE at pIAR once in their lifetime (without paying any fee). However, artist who wish to be invited in future after exhausting their free one month will have to contribute ($150) per month at their next stay. All artist who also wish to extend their stay after the first free-one month during an ongoing residency, will have to contribute ($100) per month to continue for at most three months stay in total. (FEE WAVER AVAILABLE FOR ARTISTS FROM AFRICAN COUNTRIES)
NOTE: pIAR DOES NOT CHARGE FOR RESIDENCY FEE- Fees paid as ALUMNI are to support the effective running of the space covering costs of utilities (water, electricity, gas etc BUT NOT for accommodation or your stay). We are glad and honoured to accept any donation in kind or cash to help us run a smooth program. See below this page how to support pIAR
NOTE: Conditions and Eligibility
We are appealing to individuals, groups, organisations and institution for gap funding. With this gap funding, pIAR will be able to move forward and enhance Kumasi and surrounding regions with an influx of creative energies, projects, and dialogues from fellow artists working in the African continent and beyond. Without this support, the residency program will be heavily burdened on the organising and supporting institutions. We would be glad to accept any funding offer so that we might enable as many artist as possible to participate in this critical cultural project of artistic development and cultural exchange.
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The participants will work under the curatorial collaboration with crazinisT artisT (Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi), a multidisciplinary international artist, who is also the director of crazinisT artisT studiO and performance curator. With the assistance of interns and guest curators, the participants could engaged in community based researches and projects highlighting their interest in cross-cultural experimental works, connections and networks with communities in Ghana and abroad. However, the residency is a self-directed and a non-instructional program to allow artists the freedom to expand boundaries and possibilities. Participants will work independently in our spaces but could also engage with schools, institutions, the local artists, traditional and cultural groups and non artist to revive the artistic and performance vibes across the city of KUMASI and beyond. There will be an open day for studio visit once every two weeks for the artists in residence to discuss their projects, encounters, processes and ideas with the visitors and critics.