Blanca Gracia is the artist selected for residency at Gasworks between April and June 2023. Blanca Gracia's work uses myths, folklore and popular culture to construct new cosmologies that seek to address various contemporary socio-political and philosophical issues. The construction of utopias, using language as a form of creation and nature as a space for transformation are all recurring themes within her practice. Gracia's work uses drawing, audio-visual materials, installation and scenography to transform space and construct her own contained heterotopic worlds.
During her residency at Gasworks, she will continue ongoing research into the term wolfshead, which appeared in England in the Middle Ages as a term for outlaws banished from the community. Those who transgressed social taboos were often driven into the woods as it was commonly thought that they had lost their 'humanity'. She will explore the setting of the woods as an enchanted wilderness, home to these outcasts and a place of possibilities and new beginnings.
Gasworks and Accion Cultural Española (AC/E) are working in partnership to offer a fully- funded residency at Gasworks in London from 11 April to 26 June 2023.
Gasworks programmes up to sixteen residencies each year, inviting emerging international artists to work alongside a community of nine London-based peers for three months. Residencies are non-prescriptive and process-based and focus on enabling artists to research and develop new work.
Made public through Open Studios and events, these opportunities encourage interaction, dialogue and professional networking. Gasworks provides significant pastoral and curatorial support throughout the residency, however, artists are also expected to be proactive and self-motivated and lead the research and production of their work while in London.
|Deadline: 28 November 2022|
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