For the UK residency, the Royal College of Art has partnered with Delfina Foundation to provide an opportunity for an artist who is interested in working with people in the context of cultural intolerance and those who feel marginalised in London. The aim is to facilitate a close interaction with communities and audiences who are not usually engaged with the existing cultural offer and do not have a voice in it. The work of Aimée Zito Lema (Amsterdam, 1982) addresses the dynamics between individual and collective memory, with a particular focus on the recording and intergenerational transmission of events, both through material history and through the human body as a mnemonic repository. Placing aesthetic and social practices side by side, her work inhabits a world of critical interaction between the material and the human.In September-November 2018 one Egyptian artist and two Lithuanian artists will spend two months in the partner institutions in Egypt and Lithuania. The residency is part of a new collaboration between MASS Alexandria and the VAA Nida Art Colony, made possible by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and the Founding Director of MASS Alexandria Wael Shawky.From September to October 2018, an Egyptian artist Amira Hanafi will be residing at Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts (NAC) in Lithuania as part of the residency exchange between NAC and MASS Alexandria. During the two months in Nida, Amira will produce new work on the topics related to conflict, rootless communities, migration, displacement, ways of making strange territories your own, conviviality, identity and related experiences. A roundtable discussion with Isabel Capeloa Gil and Filipa Oliveira on Conviviality and the Institutional, a publication based on a conference of the same name held as part of a European cooperation project coordinated by the Universidade Católica and co-financed by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme 4Cs – From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture. The Baltic Sea: A Liquid Memorial proposed by German artists Horst Hoheisel and Andreas Knitz.
The workshop will take place at VAA Nida Art Colony on 16-23 September 2018. Students and professionals are invited to participate in the workshop "The Baltic Sea: A Liquid Memorial"