2001 ARTSLINK PROJECTS AWARDEES

TINA BASTAJIAN, LOS ANGELES, CA
Host Country: Armenia
$3,000 to support a two-week workshop in experimental film for young adults at the Hay-Art Cultural Center in Yerevan, Armenia. Ms. Bastajian will teach film-editing techniques to workshop participants and screen a selection of experimental films from the U.S. as well as work from the Armenian Film Archive. Participants will create their own films using found footage, and the resulting work will be shown in Yerevan at the Hay-Art Center and in Los Angeles at UCLA’s Armenian Studies Department.

BRUCE CHECEFSKY, CLEVELAND, OH
Host Country: Bulgaria

$4,000 to support a collaboration between photographer Bruce Checefsky and Bulgarian book artist Kiril Prashkov to create an artist book combining language and photography. The book will include a bilingual text written by Iara Boubnova, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Sofia, Bulgaria and will accompany the exhibition Photo-Text-Photo to be held at the Institute of Contemporary Art in September 2001.

ELIZABETH COHEN and MICHAEL TALLEY, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Croatia
$5,000 to support an exhibition of work by these multidisciplinary artists at the Miroslav Kraljevic Gallery in Zagreb, Croatia in September 2001. The exhibition will include photographs, video presentations and an installation that addresses visions of the future. Ms. Cohen and Mr. Talley will also hold a workshop in Zagreb in which they will create a collaborative artwork with local artists that further explores this theme.

BILL CRANDALL, WASHINGTON, D.C.
Host Country: Belarus
$4,000 to support the participation of photographer Bill Crandall in an exhibition and series of workshops at Nova Gallery in Minsk, Belarus. The exhibition will include Crandall’s black-and-white photos of contemporary life in Belarus, images by Czech photographer Karel Cudlin, and related post-communist work by regional photographers. Mr. Crandall and Mr. Cudlin will also conduct workshops for local photography students, and produce a CD ROM of the exhibition and workshops.

GEORGE CSICSERY, OAKLAND, CA
Host Country: Romania, Hungary

$7,000 to support the production of Songs Along a Stony Road, a documentary film about Romanian folk musicologist Zoltan Kallos. Kallos has spent the last 50 years studying and recording the traditional music and folklore of the multi-ethnic region of Transylvania. Filmmaker George Csicsery will travel with Kallos to villages in Transylvania to document the integral role traditional music plays in the communities of that region and Kallos’s work to preserve that musical heritage.

ALLEN FRAME and FRANK FRANCA, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Russia

$2,500 to support the presentation of Electric Blanket, a photo-slide installation project about the global impact of AIDS, in Ekaterinburg, St. Petersburg, and Kaliningrad. Electric Blanket includes photos by a wide selection of international photographers and slide texts with information and statistics about AIDS. Nailya Allakhverdiyeva, Director of the National Center for Contemporary Art in Ekaterinburg will coordinate the project.

RENE GABRI, LINDA GANJIAN, and TALEEN BERBERIAN, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Armenia
$4,000 to support a two-month residency for these artists in Yerevan, Armenia at the Armenian Center for Contemporary Experimental Art. The artists will give presentations of their past work, conduct studio visits with local artists, and host six colloquia which will bring together local artists, curators, and other community members to discuss issues in contemporary art and culture in Armenia and the U.S. The project will culminate in an exhibition at the ACCEA of work created during the residency.

KATHLEEN GONCHAROV, NEW YORK, NY
Host Countries: Bulgaria and Macedonia

$3,000 to support Ms. Goncharov’s travel to Bulgaria and Macedonia to select artists to be included in a series of artist profiles for U.S. and Italian television. The purpose of the television program is to establish dialogue about art and curatorial practice between the U.S., Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Italy and to expose Eastern European artists to a wider audience. The profiles will explore the social and cultural context in which these artists work and will appeal to art specialists as well as to the general public.

CHRISTINE HILL, YELLOW SPRINGS, OH
Host Country: Czech Republic

$6,000 to support a curatorial project by Chris Hill in collaboration with the Foundation and Center for Contemporary Art in Prague that will investigate how artists use media archives. The project will include a series of artist lectures, screenings, and an exhibition at the FCCA, and a website hosted by the FCCA with critical writing, interviews, and video and audio streaming of works exhibited.

CAROL HOBSON, SAN DIEGO, CA and LISA MOREN, BALTIMORE, MD
Host Countries Poland, Hungary, and Czech Republic

$6,000 to support a curatorial project by Carol Hobson, Administrative Director at the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, and Lisa Moren, Assistant Professor of Imaging and Digital Arts at University of Maryland Baltimore County. They will travel to Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic and work with local arts organizations to identify artists in the region who are working with technology and intermedia concepts. Selected artists will be invited to participate in a show of contemporary new media and intermedia art to be held in Baltimore and San Diego in 2002.

ANDREA MARKS, CORVALLIS, OR
Host Country: Poland

$7,000 to support the production of The Polish Poster: The Essence of Expression, a documentary video that will chronicle the history of Polish poster art from World War II through the fall of communism. The video will examine the reasons Polish poster art flourished during the communist era and document how the powerful, expressive street posters produced during that time are now being replaced by commercial advertising.

NEVADA MUSEUM OF ART, RENO, NV
Host Country: Croatia
$4,000 to support a collaboration between the Nevada Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Croatia on a photography and video exhibition for the Nevada Museum. The exhibition will focus on artists who have explored issues of human interaction with the environment in their work. Curator Diane Deming will travel to Zagreb to consult with staff at the Museum of Contemporary Art and to conduct studio visits with local artists. The exhibition, one in a series of international exhibitions at the Nevada Museum, is scheduled for the fall of 2003.

DEIRDRE PORTNOY, WELLFLEET, MA
Host Country: Georgia

$2,000 to support a collaboration between photographer Deirdre Portnoy and Georgian artist Lena Kiladze to teach photography and storytelling to children and adults at the Bediani Village/Dzegvi Orphanage in Bediani, Georgia. Bediani is a community of displaced elderly people, single mothers, and former street children. The goal of the project is to provide a means of creative expression to the members of the community and to encourage inter-generational communication. Ms. Portnoy and Ms. Kiladze will organize exhibitions of the work created during the project in Tbilisi, Georgia and Boston, MA.

PAVEL BANED RADZETSKI, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Belarus

$5,000 to support a collaboration between U.S. photographer Pavel Radzetski and Belarusian curator Irina Bigdai to mount an exhibition of contemporary Belarusian photography at the Association of Contemporary Art in Minsk, Belarus. The exhibition will draw from the work of Belarusian artists living abroad as well as those living in Belarus. A catalogue will be produced in both Belarusian and English, and Nova Gallery in Minsk will host a virtual version of the exhibition on its website.

JOANNE RICHARDSON, RIDGEWOOD, NY
Host Countries: Hungary and Romania

$7,000 to support the development of the second issue of Subsol, a collaborative web-magazine venture providing a forum for artists and organizers of independent art spaces to write about their own projects and experiences. This issue, entitled Sovereign Media, Autonomous Spaces, will focus on artist-organized spaces and on different forms of self-produced media including BBS and net communities to create an exchange of ideas about how to start, organize, and maintain a self-organized artistic culture. Ms. Richardson will collaborate with individuals and organizations in Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Croatia on the production of the webzine.

TREBOR SCHOLZ and JENNY PERLIN, TUCSON, AZ
Host Country: Yugoslavia

$6,000 to support a video and web project by U.S. artists Trebor Scholz and Jenny Perlin, Kosovar Albanian artist Sokol Beqiri, and Serbian artist Gordana Stanisic that aims to facilitate dialogue between individuals in Kosovo, Serbia, and the U.S. Scholz and Perlin will travel to Serbia and Kosovo to meet with community members and document their experiences during the war as well as changes and growth that have occurred over the last two years. The website will include on-line dialogues, portraits of people in Belgrade and Prishtina who lived through the NATO bombing, and archival images from the media.

LIDIA SZAJKO and DOUGLAS CONRAD, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Host Country: Hungary

$4,000 to support the creation of a video installation at the Kultiplex Art Center in Budapest, Hungary in collaboration with Hungarian gay and lesbian community leaders as part of Budapest’s annual Lesbian and Gay Dignity Week in July of 2001. The installation will be exhibited throughout the gathering places of the Kultiplex Center.

ERIC TRIANTAFILLOU and CSILLA KOSA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA FlipFest logo
Host Country: Romania

$6,000 to support the participation of the artists in a poster-making project with Firma 9 design collective in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Mr. Triantafillou, Ms. Kosa, and the members of Firma 9 will create a series of posters aimed at alerting people to the necessity of active participation in the democratic process on local levels. The posters, which will contain messages that address issues common to the U.S. and to Romania, will be mounted in public places in Cluj-Napoca and San Francisco. Photos will be taken of the posters in context, and an exhibition will be held in both countries.