Residency Unlimited

DIALOGUES - Academic Research

Academic Research | Apr 2018

Artist Residency Programs in Rural Areas in Serbia: New Organizational Models

39th Art Colony of Jalovik, Serbia. Image courtesy of artist Silvia Lorenz


Sanja Lazić, researcher and co-founder of DRITO – a new residency program located in Rovinj, Croatia – has recently focused her attention on the issue of art colonies in rural Serbian areas and their great potential in areas of art production, creation of cultural content in rural areas, decentralization of culture and education. Art colonies in Serbia have a long history and tradition which go back to more than one century. However, these concepts have stayed on the level they were initially established and somewhere along the way lost their initial purpose and failed to follow contemporary art trends. Consequently, art colonies have remained very traditional, still connected to Socialist times during which most of them flourished, keeping their original organizational models. Over time, artworks created at these colonies reached numbers that are difficult to estimate, with the result that art colonies lost their main purpose. At the same time, the concept of artist residencies became popular, especially in the West and, while the two terms have undoubted similarities in concept and idea, art colonies in Serbia failed to recognize these resemblances and to adjust their programs to the exciting and interesting artist residency models which have originated from the idea of art colonies and raised it to a higher level.

Her research explores the current situation of art colonies in rural areas of Serbia today, their internal structure, financial stability and organizational models, as well as their potential for sustainability, general stability, and the possibility to get closer to the current artist residency models.

Read more

More Academic Research:

The Potential Politics of Urban Artist-Run Residencies (UARRs) as Public Art in East Jerusalem

The Artist Residency: Intersections of Self and Place at Artpace

Fifty Years of Patronage: The Frances Hodgkins Fellowship and its Impact on Contemporary Art in New Zealand

Artistic Autonomy in Non-Autonomous Contexts: Reframing Collective Agency and Insurgence from Caribbean Artist-Managed Spaces

Black Plays Matter: Watah Theatre, Creating Safe Space for Black Artists in These Dangerous Times

Embedded Aesthetics: Artist-in-Residencies as Sites of Discursive Struggle and Social Innovation

Old Furnace Artist Residency: Art is a Conjunction

International Artists-In-Residence 1990-2010 : Mobility, Technology and Identity in Everyday Art Practices

Artist-in-Residencies as Places of Continuity, Mutuality, Free Thinking and Independent Research