ZARYA CCA announces an open call for proposals for Russian interdisciplinary researchers interested in working in Asia, as part of the research exchange program, CONTACT ZONES: FAR EAST.

CONTACT ZONES: FAR EAST is realized in the partnership with HOW Art Museum (Shanghai), MNG 360° (Ulaanbaatar) and Para Site (Hong Kong)

Applications will be accepted until July 27, 2018

Zarya Center for Contemporary Art and Zarya Foundation for the Development of Contemporary Art supported by BELUGA GROUP are proud to announce the first open call for proposals for the international research exchange program Contact Zones: Far East, which offers one-month fellowships to up to three individuals from Russia to conduct interdisciplinary cross-cultural research on the Far East of Russia and Asia at one of the partner institutions in Asia in 2018-2019.

The program is designed to further encourage the research and self-identification of the Far East region with its unique geographical and historical features, the development of cultural exchange and cooperation between Russia and the Far East countries.

Alisa Bagdonayte, Zarya CCA Chief Curator: “This territory has a very complicated historical, cultural, social, and political context providing a unique subject for research and discussion. The purpose of our program is to promote and encourage the collaborative work of artists and curators who are interested in working in Primorsky Krai, the Far East and the neighboring countries of the Asia-Pacific Region. The flexibility of the program’s boundaries will allow us to tailor the program to the research interests of our participants, who will help us to set and establish the focal points”.

The program is realised in the format of exchange residencies and a grant for Russian researchers in partnership with HOW Art Museum (Shanghai), MNG 360° (Ulaanbaatar) and Para Site (Hong Kong). Yun Cheagab, Director of HOW Art Museum: “As a region with a complex historical background, Northeast Asia may feature a wide range of political and economic systems, but at the same time it boasts a long history of geo-cultural interactions. Chinese culture has had a tremendous influence through the establishment of eastern culture in the region, while Russia positions itself as a kind of “Land Bridge between Europe and Asia,” integrating the two cultures through a collision and fusion of history on both sides. Since its founding, HOW Art Museum has adhered to the principle of fostering the local art scene while maintaining awareness of the global perspective and making efforts to advance exchanges and cultural cooperation between artists and cultural communities within the region. Continuing this tradition, we are pleased to announce that HOW Art Museum will serve as the Chinese partner of ZARYA Center for Contemporary Art. We are committed to joint efforts to develop artistic and cultural exchanges and provide support for research initiatives within the contemporary era of Northeast Asia”.

As part of the program, three researchers from Russia will have an opportunity to stay in a research residency at one of the partner institutions: in 2018, at HOW Art Museum, and in 2019, Para Site or MNG 360°. Respectively, researchers from Asia will have a chance to work in Russia. International art residence at ZARYA CCA will welcome researchers from Shanghai and Hong-Kong in October and November of 2018.

Alexander Mechetin, entrepeneur and founder of ZARYA CCA and BELUGA GROUP: “Due to its unique location, Vladivostok has all it takes to become the capital of European culture in the East, and a powerful magnet for creative forces from around the world, a place of mutual recognition, which is in high demand. This is evident in the fact that the art residence launched here three years ago has quickly gained professional recognition and international status, becoming a platform for more than 70 projects of artists from 15 countries. The promising results confirm the importance of our work, which is why we have decided to expand our program and provide opportunities not only for artists, but also for a wide range of researchers to work with the unique history and culture of our region”.

The grant welcomes artists and cultural practitioners (e.g. curators, historians, sociologists, geographers, writers, poets, musicians, philologists, and linguists) with research or publication experience focused on the local context of the Far East.

As part of the program, the participants from Russia will be provided accommodation at the partner institution, along with administrative and logistical support; reimbursement of airfare, visa fees and travel insurance; and a research grant of 65,000 Russian Rubles.

Applications are accepted through July 27. The final selection will be announced by the end of August 2018. More information about the requirements and application procedure can be found here.