Today New York-based non-profit Creative Time announced the artist recipients of its Global Residency program for 2012-13, which will send the artists Theaster Gates, Andrea Geyer, Suzanne Lacy, Naeem Mohaiemen, Lisi Raskin, Duke Riley, and Mika Tajima to various locales around the world, from Colombia to Cape Verde, to engage with communities on issues as broad and varied as memorials’ functions as vessels for telling (or not telling) war stories and the relationship between artistic practice and activism.
“Although the image of the globetrotting artist has become a cliché of the contemporary art world, it is rare for an artist to have the opportunity to become truly immersed in other places, cultures, and communities, or to have the resources and time to think deeply about issues that are at the heart of their work,” Creative Time artistic director and president Anne Pasternak said in a statement. “With its Global Residency program, Creative Time enables artists to do just that, stepping off the treadmill of their everyday lives and obligations, ignoring the art market, and, perhaps, taking an entirely new direction. We are deeply grateful to the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and our individual donors for their visionary support of this initiative.”
The Global Residency program is in its second edition; in 2010 Sanford Biggers, K8 Hardy, Emily Jacir, Maya Lin, Walid Raad, and Swoon were selected. The 2012-13 edition will send Gates to Haiti, Geyer to Australia, Lacy to Colombia and Ecuador, Raskin to Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan and other countries of the former USSR, Riley will visit Cape Verde, Ghana, Nigeria, and other sites in Africa, and Tajima will go to Ahmedabad and Bangalore in India. Mohaiemen, who already began a project last year by traveling to Bangladesh in 2012, plans to continue his project in Pakistan and the Netherlands during the year ahead.
— Benjamin Sutton
(Image via Creative Time/Facebook.)