Ras Masqa Artists Residency: meet the artists

”The Museum in the Making” initiated by APEAL with the contribution of Temporary. Art. Platform organized a one month artists- in-residence program that took place from March 18 to April 18, 2016, in the village of Ras Masqa and focused…

Ras Masqa Artists Residency: meet the artists

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”The Museum in the Making” initiated by APEAL with the contribution of Temporary. Art. Platform organized a one month artists- in-residence program that took place from March 18 to April 18, 2016, in the village of Ras Masqa and focused on the theme of “art education”.

As result of an open call, six participants were selected by the jury. The artists in residence conducted research and implemented their proposals by living in the village, giving greater time and depth to explore the local context through the residency format. Proposals addressed the context and used participatory approaches, creating an access point for the public to engage with contemporary art. Taken outside the urban context, the participatory nature of the projects developed an awareness of contemporary art in the rural area while engaging with diverse communities of the village.

In what ways and which kind of platforms can pedagogy emerge through contemporary artistic practice ? How can the projects create a larger awareness of contemporary art within the community, and, in turn, how does the community inform the project?

Parallel events also took place with the residency partner–the Lebanese University, Institute of Fine Arts (North Branch) – located in the village – including a public program of lectures, events, workshops targeting the university students and the communities living in Ras Masqa. This program was shaped to fulfill the needs of both the artists in residence and the university students, creating bridges between the informal education formats of artistic practice / research and the academic program of the Lebanese University.

The residency provided the participants with a proper working environment and support on a production and curatorial levels to develop or complete their proposed projects. Above all, it provided liaison with a network of partners to engage with the different communities. The public program fed the residency with discursive input based and developed according to the proposed projects by the participants.

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Location : Ras Masqa (Koura District), Northern Governorate of Lebanon
Organizers : APEAL – The Association for the Promotion and Exhibition of the Arts in Lebanon
With the contribution of Temporary. Art. Platform (T.A.P)
Main partners : Municipality of Ras Masqa, The Lebanese University – Institute of Fine Arts – North branch, Saint-Joseph University (USJ) , The Lebanese International University (LIU)
Patronage : The Lebanese Ministry of Culture
Curator : Amanda Abi Khalil
Artists : Ali El-Darsa, Youmna Geday, Raymond Gemayel, Ieva Saudargaité, Petra Serhal, and Myriam Boulos
Artistic coordinators and residency tutors : Dr Ali El Ali and Roy Dib

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