Ukraine is under siege following a full-scale military invasion by Russia on 24 February 2022

Grounding. Invasion. An open call for applications for a virtual residency program for Ukrainian artists

IZOLYATSIA announces an open call for applications for a virtual residency program for Ukrainian artists dedicated to the research of the environment in the industrial regions of Ukraine and the impact of the aggressive military intervention of the Russian Federation on it.

Since 2019, the IZOLYATSIA Foundation has been working on the Grounding project, which explores the concept of the Anthropocene.

The Anthropocene describes the geological epoch in which modern humanity is located and defines the latter as a central geological force that significantly changes the planet's atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere.

The first program of the project included 19 short-term residencies for artists and researchers in the city of Soledar in 2020-2021, as well as a series of educational events and an exhibition in Kyiv. In 2022, due to the full-scale invasion and occupation of Soledar, the program was transformed and relocated to Newcastle (UK), where Ukrainian artists had the opportunity to explore the context of the post-industrial territory of one of the prominent coal regions of England. 

This year, the program returns to Ukraine to re-examine the impact of the Anthropocene in the face of aggressive invasion and destruction. 

The online residency program Grounding. Invasion invites Ukrainian artists who work with any digital or analog media (sound, installation, photography, painting, video, research, etc.) and are ready to revise the consequences of aggressive military intervention, to pay attention to the ecological state of the country right now. The program will take place in an online educational and artistic format, consisting of a public discussion program with experts in the field of ecology and the post-industrial era, as well as an online residency during which four participants will develop their projects with curatorial and mentoring support. The program will result in an online presentation of art projects and their publication on the website.

Each artist will receive:

  • A fee for participation in the program in the amount of 1500 euros (minus taxes);
  • A production budget (may include materials, equipment rental, software, etc.) to be discussed individually; 
  • mentoring session with an expert
  • curatorial support; 
  • public presentation.

To participate in the contest, you have until October 29: 

  • fill out the form on the platform; 
  • prepare your artistic CV;
  • provide a portfolio relevant to the topic of the residency;
  • be motivated to participate in the program.

A description of the project or research that the artist would like to implement during the program, as well as basic knowledge of spoken English, will be an advantage (some experts will be foreigners).

Project timing:

  • Application deadline: 01.10 - 29.10.2023
  • Review of applications: 30.10 - 03.11.2023
  • Announcement of the winners: 06.11.2023
  • Educational/discussion program: 10.11.2023 - 06.12.2023
  • Work on projects: 10.11.2023 - 16.12.2023
  • Public presentation: December 19, 2023

Requirements for participants:

Participation in the residency program is open to Ukrainian citizens who are located inside and outside of the country.

Due to the National Bank of Ukraine's restrictions on payments abroad and foreign exchange transactions, participants must have an account with a Ukrainian bank. The fee will be transferred to the account in UAH, according to the exchange rate indicated when IZOLYATSIA receives the tranche from the donor.

How to apply?

The application form is available at the IZOLYATSIA Platform. Use the following link to apply for participation in the project. All the applicants will receive a letter notifying the final decision on their submission.  

Due to the number of applications, the project team will not be able to justify the decision, and it will be final

Curator: Liudmyla Nychai  
Project manager: Olena Kayinska

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The Grounding.Invasion project is funded by the Stabilisation Fund for Culture and Education 2023 of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut.