2014 ARTSLINK FELLOWS

CEC ArtsLink is pleased to announce 2014 ArtsLink Fellows in visual and media arts and their host organizations throughout the US. This year’s fifteen participants in the ArtsLink Residencies program come from any of thirty-seven eligible countries.


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HARUTYUN ALPETYAN, ARMENIA
Host: Residency Unlimited, New York, NY

Arts Manager—Alpetyan is co-founder of AJZ space, an independent art venue in Yerevan which hosts diverse cultural activities from exhibitions and screenings to workshops and theatrical readings. One recent project, Economy of Hope, was included in the Gyumri Biennial of Contemporary Art in 2012. He also initiated a community center and residency program through the Institute for Contemporary Art Yerevan, and a street intervention, no art in public space, that called attention to urban transformation. Alpetyan is interested in gaining new perspectives on how social and political conditions affect artistic development.


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NENO BELCHEV, BULGARIA
Host: Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

Artist—Working primarily in video, Belchev creates contemporary “koans” by combining contradictory visual and ideological elements that provoke reflection. He has also created interactive pieces including Immigration in Suitcase, which invites audience members to identify with immigrants. He is one of the founders, organizers and curators of the annual Videoholica International Video Festival in Varna which serves as a video art forum with international participation. He hopes to immerse himself in the American contemporary art scene and take part in experimental projects with US artists. Website>>


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ALEXEY BULDAKOV, RUSSIA
Host: College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

Artist—Since 2011, Buldakov, an artist with a degree in social anthropology, has been working together with architect Anastasia Potemkina on the Urban Fauna Laboratory. A research platform, the Laboratory studies the relationship and adaptation between parasites and humans in urban environments. He has been a member of other artist collectives including the Radek Community and the Supostat Agency, and has had numerous solo exhibitions in Russia. Buldakov would like to exchange ideas with artists, students and others who share his field of research especially in zoology or ethology.



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LARISA DAVID, ROMANIA

Host: Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City, MO

Artist—David’s site-specific, interdisciplinary projects develop through artist collaboration and community interaction. Through this process she investigates the nature of society’s everyday practices, codes and behaviors. In an ongoing project, An Alternative Guide, she completes actions that are given to her by tour guides as a way to reveal alternative perspectives on local history and social structures. She hopes to create a similar project within a community in the US which will invite people to engage in dialogue and reflect on their surroundings. Website>>


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VICTOR DIA, ROMANIA
Host: Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, IL

Artist—An art and documentary photographer, Dia focuses on the urban environment, in particular on the transformation of cities through time. As the best entry from a Romanian photographer, he was recently shortlisted for the International Street Photography Competition, and nominated as a photographic ambassador for Romania by Fotoura. He is interested in the phenomenon of urban sprawl in the US and wants to learn more about America’s photographic history. Website>>

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MAIDA GRUDEN, SERBIA
Host: Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

Arts Manager—As a visual arts programmer at the Students’ City Cultural Center (SCCC) in Belgrade and a member of the curatorial duo maramaida, Gruden is active in both the academic and alternative scenes. She’s interested in involving the student community in art projects that can serve as a powerful tool for understanding society. At the SCCC, she is currently working on a residency program for international photographers to create projects with students, and she has also developed collective works involving artists, students and citizens. She would like to cultivate connections with American cultural institutions and gain first-hand knowledge of residency programs and fundraising strategies. Website>>


YEKATERINA NIKONOROVA, KAZAKHSTAN
Host: California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Artist—With a background in architecture and urban planning, Nikonorova aims to transform urban spaces by enriching the cultural environment of the city. She works primarily in street art and video, but has also recently taken on the role of curator, spearheading an ambitious project to revitalize a major pedestrian route in Almaty through community participation and tactical design. She looks forward to exchanging ideas with contemporary arts professionals in all disciplines who work in the urban environment and is particularly interested in learning how DIY projects are organized and implemented in the US.


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MICHAL NOVOTNÝ, CZECH REPUBLIC

Host: Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans, LA

Arts Manager—Novotný is project manager and curator at FUTURA Center for Contemporary Art in Prague, which presents exhibitions by Czech and international artists and runs a residency exchange program in cooperation with 15 other art centers in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. In 2011, he took part in the Curatorial Intensive Program in New York organized by Independent Curators International. In the US, he would like to learn about funding strategies and educational programs as well as share his experience negotiating a cultural organization's structural changes and producing large international exhibitions economically. He would also like to meet US artists for possible inclusion in future exhibitions.

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GHENADIE POPESCU, MOLDOVA
Host: Rochester Institute of Technology
School of Film and Animation, Rochester, NY

Artist—Popescu works primarily in stop-motion animation, and is involved in the entire process from creation of the characters to post-production. He has also carried out projects including Public Private, in which he took on the role of a public servant, collecting dispersed coal in a wheelbarrow in order to heat public bus stations during the winter. He hopes to visit studios and attend workshops and screenings related to stop-motion animation. He is also interested in learning methods of using art and community engagement to reflect on environmental issues.


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LANA SOKOLOVA, AZERBAIJAN

Host: Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO

Arts Manager—As local projects manager at YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Sokolova oversees creative projects with a focus on urban revival and cultural dialogue. In 2013, she organized a major public art festival with a theme of interactivity featuring ten works by artists from Azerbaijan, the UK, Russia, the US, Georgia and the Netherlands at sites throughout Baku. She seeks to bring contemporary Azerbaijani art to American audiences and to forge new collaborations with art institutions, galleries and cultural centers. She also welcomes the opportunity to meet artists and arts professionals and to improve her managerial skills.

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IRINA ŠPIČAKA, LATVIA
Host: SPACES, Cleveland, OH

Artist—As an audiovisual media artist, Špičaka creates three-dimensional forms that are overlaid with audiovisual compositions using projection mapping. Using conceptual geometry and real-time performance with media, she doesn't finish her work conventionally but rather allows for the audience to use their imagination. She also curates and produces collaborative events and workshops in the Nordic-Baltic region. She would like to partner with US artists and communities to create an art installation or performance that responds to a particular space or environment. Website>>

 

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NEJA TOMŠIČ, SLOVENIA
Host: University of Maryland Baltimore County
Department of Visual Art, Baltimore, MD

Arts Manager—Tomšič co-founded the Museum of Transitory Art (MoTA) in 2008 and has been involved in strategic planning, international collaborations and development of an artist residency program. MoTA is a multidisciplinary platform dedicated to the research, production and presentation of Transitory, Experimental and Live Art forms. For the past two years Tomšič has also been in charge of MoTA's educational programming and has developed an online platform, together with various Polish organizations, to archive and share public programs such as artists talks, workshops, discussions and symposia. She hopes to research practices of archiving transitory works and strategies for audience development and engagement.

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VITTO VALENTINOV, BULGARIA
Host: University of Cincinnati
College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, Cincinnati, OH

Artist—Recently Valentinov has moved from being a studio artist to one who works primarily with a particular space, timeframe and conditions and through interaction with the audience. His main interest is in science and technology and many of his site-specific or public works incorporate pseudo-scientific apparatus or methodology. To produce his installation MITOSIS, for instance, he used a “diagnosing apparatus” to record the pulse waves of 144 participants on lasagna sheets which were then arranged as a grid to illustrate a living system. He would like to create a site-specific work through interaction with community members and to learn more about the use of new technologies such as sensors and robotics in the field of art. Website>>


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NATALIJA VUJOŠEVIĆ, MONTENEGRO

Host: University of Colorado
Department of Art & Art History, Boulder, CO

Artist—Vujošević uses installation, video, drawing and performance to explore the archeology of identity produced in a particular social, technological and ideological environment. Her works combine objects from everyday life with animate elements and sound at different speeds and dynamics to create an atmosphere of frozen time that is connected to emotional memories. She has exhibited widely and was the representative of Montenegro at the Venice Biennale in 2005 and 2011. She hopes to realize a project in cooperation with US artists and community members and to expand her network of professional contacts.