Artist residency

We are inviting artists to join our Officina community for 2 months starting in November/December! You will receive free use of our workspace and creative support from our members. All types of artists are welcome to apply. You will be invited to give us a workshop and we will organize an event to exhibit the final results of your residency (respecting COVID regulations).

Please send an email to residency.officina@gmail.com before November 1 with a description of the project you would like to develop during the residency and a mini portfolio or link to your website with previous work.

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Our residents so far

Neda Ahmadi

Neda Ahmadi

Feb & Mar 2020

Amygdala is a hand-made short animation, based on personal and true events. The quest is to narrate a story of fear and attachment, loss and identity through the physical act of painting and drawing many frames. It has been awarded the grant for women artist in film/video from by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe
Berlin in 2020.
Neda Ahmadi is an animation maker and visual artist from Tehran. She experiments with different material under the camera since she started her artistic practice and an animator and had a passion for mythology, humane psychology and music as subject matters.

During her residency in Officina she started working on her short animation, using the dark room to start bringing the Neda Ahmadi Amygdala backgrounds of her film to life.

Alia Zapparova

Alia Zapparova

Dec 2019 & Jan 2020

“How Not To” - This project misuses photographic paper and processes to explore some senses of a “not”:not doing, not printing, not making, and end up with a collection of traces that speak of failures and absences. It is a way to approach not only of the literal but also the metaphorical and poetic sensitivity of the photographic paper, its openness to light, its response to exposure as darkness, the play of transparency and opaqueness on its surface, and the ambiguous, unreadable images that result. For traditional photographic purposes, the paper is rendered unusable, and yet something emerges that would be inaccessible when it is used correctly.
Alia Zapparova is an artist and writer. She makes books, installations and occasional performative workshops from images, text, paper and thread in various configurations. Her work is a search for strategies and poetics of transformation through the everyday.
During her residency at Officina she used the chemigram process, where images are formed as result of a reaction between photographic paper, chemicals and light.

Julia Castel

Julia Castel

Oct & Nov 2019

La Grande Motte is a French city in front of the Mediterranean Sea characterized by a unique architectural context. Many of the prominent buildings are built in narrow contact with the sea coast and are designed in pyramidal forms - a failed architectural dream of modernist times.
With 2 million tourists per year it is one of the favorite resorts in France. The buildings are not visible in the pictures, but their presence can be easily detected. This series is about unsucess, a city dream that 30 years has been futuristic, which now seems to be frozen in the past.
During the residency at Officina Neukölln, Julia Castel used the cyanotype process to develop her pictures of the everyday routine in La Grande Motte. This technique allows the experimentation of mixing analog & digital development and offer a strong visual support to the ‘blue’ atmosphere of La Grande Motte.