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Taking place in Luanda, the Nesr Art Foundation's residency program is open to all Angolan emerging artists and the selection is made by the foundation's artistic committee following an open call for applications.

The residencies' mission is to establish deeper engagement between artists and curators, and to create opportunities for practical and theoretical mentorship. It has a commitment to facilitating connections with the social and cultural scene in Angola, as well as maintaining strong conversations between the residents and international arts professionals.

The Residency program welcomes 8 artists per year, in 4 sessions of 2 to 3 months, with 2 artists at a time. Residents receive a fully furnished studio and living space, as well as a monthly stipend and production grant.

Open Call

Coming soon.

Details

Requirements:
Any artist based in Angola aged 18 and over
Artists seeking an opportunity to develop their practice, able to explain how the experience of a residency may benefit their career development
Emerging artists who have not benefited from international exhibitions and institutional support will be prioritized in the selection process.
The residency program cannot unfortunately receive artists collectives at this time.

Each of the selected artists will receive:
fully furnished artist studio
Private bedroom in shared facilities (kitchen, bathroom etc.)
Stipend of 300 USD per month
Production grant of 1000 USD, and support in sourcing of materials
Traveling costs covered (for artists outside of Luanda)
Daily support from the Foundation’s Project Manager
Mentorship with one of the Artistic Committee’s member

Note: all costs not mentioned above are the responsibility of the candidate.



Applicants are expected to submit the following elements in English or Portuguese:
CV detailing recent projects, exhibitions, workshops, and residencies
10 lines text explaining the practice (PDF)
At least 10 high-quality images of your previous projects or exhibitions, which could include unrealized proposals. Each image must include captions and a short 5 lines description of the work. For videos/films, please provide links - DO NOT SEND AS ATTACHMENTS.


Please submit electronic copies of the above documents to the following email address:
info@nesrartfoundation.com with subject “Nesr Art Foundation Residency – Application 2022”.
The total size of the attachments should be below 4MB. Many free websites can be used to send heavy images such as WeTransfer.

Any submission received after March 20 will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by April 12, 2022.

Residents

Osvaldo Ferreira Osvaldo Ferreira

Residency: November - December, 2021
Osvaldo Ferreira explores the relationship between generations within Angola's social everyday life.

Juntos pela mesma causa, 2021

Portrait

Pamina Sebastião Pamina Sebastião

Residency: November - December, 2021
Pamina Sebastião is an artist and activist whose practice focuses on gender and sexuality, as well as the (de)construction of the body as part of the decolonization process.

Drawings from the Cadernos de colagens Series, Collage and pen on paper, 2021

Pamina Sebastião, Portrait

Open Call

Requirements:
Any artist based in Angola aged 18 and over
Artists seeking an opportunity to develop their practice, able to explain how the experience of a residency may benefit their career development
Emerging artists who have not benefited from international exhibitions and institutional support will be prioritized in the selection process.
The residency program cannot unfortunately receive artists collectives at this time.

Each of the selected artists will receive:
fully furnished artist studio
Private bedroom in shared facilities (kitchen, bathroom etc.)
Stipend of 300 USD per month
Production grant of 1000 USD, and support in sourcing of materials
Traveling costs covered (for artists outside of Luanda)
Daily support from the Foundation’s Project Manager
Mentorship with one of the Artistic Committee’s member

Note: all costs not mentioned above are the responsibility of the candidate.



Applicants are expected to submit the following elements in English or Portuguese:
CV detailing recent projects, exhibitions, workshops, and residencies
10 lines text explaining the practice (PDF)
At least 10 high-quality images of your previous projects or exhibitions, which could include unrealized proposals. Each image must include captions and a short 5 lines description of the work. For videos/films, please provide links - DO NOT SEND AS ATTACHMENTS.


Please submit electronic copies of the above documents to the following email address:
info@nesrartfoundation.com with subject “Nesr Art Foundation Residency – Application 2022”.
The total size of the attachments should be below 4MB. Many free websites can be used to send heavy images such as WeTransfer.

Any submission received after March 20 will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by April 12, 2022.

Osvaldo Ferreira

Residency: November - December, 2021: November - December, 2021
Osvaldo Ferreira explores the relationship between generations within Angola's social everyday life.

Juntos pela mesma causa, 2021

Portrait

Osvaldo Ferreira,

Pamina Sebastião

Residency: November - December, 2021: November - December, 2021
Pamina Sebastião is an artist and activist whose practice focuses on gender and sexuality, as well as the (de)construction of the body as part of the decolonization process.

Drawings from the Cadernos de colagens Series, Collage and pen on paper, 2021

Pamina Sebastião, Portrait

Pamina Sebastião,

Presentation

Constituting a significant and unprecedented group of artworks showcasing the vitality and diversity of Angola, the collection aims at contextualizing these works within wider practices in Africa and its diaspora.

The Foundation facilitates the circulation of works across the world with an active loan program of its collection.

Artists

Joana Choumali Joana Choumali

Residency:
Born in 1974, Choumali is a visual artist/photographer based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. She works mainly on conceptual portraits, mixed media, and documentary photography. In the series Alba'hian meaning ' the first light of day' in the Agni language of the Akan group in Cote d'Ivoire - the artist meditates on the cityscape during the time and processes of dawn. Works depicting specific individuals encountered on these morning walks, contemplate the core of the human being, capturing their État d'esprit (state of mind). Through her textile interventions and collage, subjects move larger than life through silent cities; faces blurred by motion or by fabric, their figures and gestures remain legible and become universal.

Interconnected, 2020.
Photo credit: Nii Odzenma photography

The crop, Series Albahian, 2019.
Photo credit: Nii Odzenma photography

Kiluanji Kia Henda Kiluanji Kia Henda

Residency:
Born in 1979 in Luanda (Angola), Kiluanji Kia Henda is a Multidisciplinary artist that uses humor and visual storytelling to examine Angola’s colonial history and propose new possibilities for the future. His work has been presented at the Venice Biennale, Bienal de São Paolo, and Gwangju Biennial, and his photo series Rusty Mirage (The City Skyline) (2013) was acquired by the Tate Modern in 2019. Working in photography, video, installation, and performance, Kia Henda connects Angola’s struggle for liberation and pursuit of a postcolonial identity to global histories of slavery and colonization. He employs humor to mediate heavy subjects like oppression, war, and poverty, and he repurposes public spaces charged with historical significance to reshape collective memory.

Migrants Who Don’t Give a Fuck. 2019
Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery

Mónica de Miranda Mónica de Miranda

Residency:
Born in 1976, Mónica de Miranda is a Portuguese artist, living and working in Lisbon, Portugal. Mónica is an artist and researcher. Born in Porto (Portugal) from Angolan parents, she actually describes herself as an artist working in the diaspora. Her work is based on themes of urban archaeology and personal geographies. Across her investigations on the Afro-Portuguese world, Mónica de Miranda’s works creates a space for debate on the historical relation between Portugal and its former colonies, informed by the artist’s own experience. De Miranda draws addresses bodies, ideas, and emotions, hinting at the fact that most of those in the path of the empire did not have the power to change history.

Botanic gardens (Arquipélago Series), 2014.

Botanic gardens (Arquipélago Series), 2014.

Osvaldo Ferreira Osvaldo Ferreira

Residency:
Osvaldo Ferreira (b. 1980, Angola) explores themes associated with the everyday life of Angolan society, evidencing an intergenerational continuity/discontinuity with regard to social experiences. His work, primarily constituted of paintings, often integrates chromatic and material elements that refer to the African textile tradition of exuberant colors. With this, he aims to emphasize the presence of Africa’s cultural and social heritage – a continent that, through colonization and globalization, witnessed successive processes of appropriation and cultural manipulation, triggering involuntary miscegenation and the imposition of a system that degenerates the continent’s identity.

Global Chaos, 2022.

Joana Choumali

Born in 1974, Choumali is a visual artist/photographer based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. She works mainly on conceptual portraits, mixed media, and documentary photography. In the series Alba'hian meaning ' the first light of day' in the Agni language of the Akan group in Cote d'Ivoire - the artist meditates on the cityscape during the time and processes of dawn. Works depicting specific individuals encountered on these morning walks, contemplate the core of the human being, capturing their État d'esprit (state of mind). Through her textile interventions and collage, subjects move larger than life through silent cities; faces blurred by motion or by fabric, their figures and gestures remain legible and become universal.

Interconnected, 2020.
Photo credit: Nii Odzenma photography

The crop, Series Albahian, 2019.
Photo credit: Nii Odzenma photography

Joana Choumali,

Kiluanji Kia Henda

Born in 1979 in Luanda (Angola), Kiluanji Kia Henda is a Multidisciplinary artist that uses humor and visual storytelling to examine Angola’s colonial history and propose new possibilities for the future. His work has been presented at the Venice Biennale, Bienal de São Paolo, and Gwangju Biennial, and his photo series Rusty Mirage (The City Skyline) (2013) was acquired by the Tate Modern in 2019. Working in photography, video, installation, and performance, Kia Henda connects Angola’s struggle for liberation and pursuit of a postcolonial identity to global histories of slavery and colonization. He employs humor to mediate heavy subjects like oppression, war, and poverty, and he repurposes public spaces charged with historical significance to reshape collective memory.

Migrants Who Don’t Give a Fuck. 2019
Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery

Kiluanji Kia Henda ,

Mónica de Miranda

Born in 1976, Mónica de Miranda is a Portuguese artist, living and working in Lisbon, Portugal. Mónica is an artist and researcher. Born in Porto (Portugal) from Angolan parents, she actually describes herself as an artist working in the diaspora. Her work is based on themes of urban archaeology and personal geographies. Across her investigations on the Afro-Portuguese world, Mónica de Miranda’s works creates a space for debate on the historical relation between Portugal and its former colonies, informed by the artist’s own experience. De Miranda draws addresses bodies, ideas, and emotions, hinting at the fact that most of those in the path of the empire did not have the power to change history.

Botanic gardens (Arquipélago Series), 2014.

Botanic gardens (Arquipélago Series), 2014.

Mónica de Miranda,

Osvaldo Ferreira

Osvaldo Ferreira (b. 1980, Angola) explores themes associated with the everyday life of Angolan society, evidencing an intergenerational continuity/discontinuity with regard to social experiences. His work, primarily constituted of paintings, often integrates chromatic and material elements that refer to the African textile tradition of exuberant colors. With this, he aims to emphasize the presence of Africa’s cultural and social heritage – a continent that, through colonization and globalization, witnessed successive processes of appropriation and cultural manipulation, triggering involuntary miscegenation and the imposition of a system that degenerates the continent’s identity.

Global Chaos, 2022.

Osvaldo Ferreira,

The Nesr Art Foundation is an independent art foundation founded in 2021 by Hiba and Wissam Nesr. It focuses on supporting Angolan artists through a platform for dialogue and exchange within Africa and internationally. The foundation provides a space for artistic research, production, and critical discourse through its residencies, collection, and educational projects, centered around a creative hub located in Luanda, Angola.

Founders

Hiba and Wissam Nesr are philanthropists and founders of the Nesr Art Foundation; a foundation born out of their wish to support the dynamic creative community within Angola and promote it internationally. The Nesr family has been based in Africa for the last 40 years and operates the largest agri-industrial group in Angola. For the last ten years, Hiba and Wissam have focused their philanthropic efforts to promote quality education, zero hunger, clean water and sanitation in the country.

Project Manager

Edna Bettencourt

Artistic Committee

Fernanda Brenner Tandazani Dhlakama Paula Nascimento Azu Nwagbogu

Advisory Board

Diana Campbell N'Goné Fall Samy Ghiyati Hala Khayat Jozef Smets Suzana Sousa Mercedes Vilardell Nora Mansour