17 June 2016 Kindly invited to the presentation of Residency for Artists on Hiatus (RFAOH), on Friday, 17th June, at 7pm, at the Alkatraz Gallery, ACC Metelkova. The residency program will be presented by RFAOH co-directors Shinobu Akimoto & Matthew Evans.
Residency for Artists on Hiatus (RFAOH) is a virtual yet functioning residency available to artists who, for one reason or another, are not currently making or presenting art. The residency exists in the form of a website only and the residents are selected based on their proposals of “on-hiatus” activities (or nonactivities) through international calls. Represented on a dedicated page within the RFAOH website, selected residents post periodic reports on their “non-art” endeavours, and visitors of their pages can leave comments or share their reports. Each resident receives a small stipend for their participation, and in the end submits a final report on how they benefited or were otherwise influenced by this opportunity.
Recognizing how contemporary art practices have become increasingly institutionalized with the growing number of MFA programs, contemporary art biennales, and the global art market, we were interested in exploring alternative systems to accommodate the very real pressures artists face throughout their careers to keep up with the demands of the art world. Since its launch in 2013 with Taiwanese-American senior artist Tehching Hsieh joining our advisory board, RFAOH has hosted twelve international artists-on-hiatus with a diverse range of backgrounds and proposals. Their non-art endeavours have varied widely, including group meditation, organic gardening, opening up a bar, reshaping a college art program as a department head, and unexpectedly undergoing open-heart surgery. Canadian editor Amish Morrell asked in an interview: “is participating in RFAOH an admission of defeat (as an artist)?" We have been fascinated by how differently all our residents have negotiated this question, while exploring this space between artmaking and other forms of creative endeavour, and the limits and liminalities of professionalism in the arts.
We are thrilled to introduce Residency For Artists on Hiatus (RFAOH) to Alkatraz Galleryʼs community, where one of our inaugural resident artists-on-hiatus Ms. Milena Kosec will join us and talk about her experience at RFAOH. We will also bring RFAOH limited edition multiples (t-shirts, Iphone cases etc) for this occasion. We look forward to meeting and having an invigorating discussion with the local Ljubljana artists and artists-on-hiatus alike.
Shinobu Akimoto / Matthew Evans