The Foundation for Arts Initiatives gives grants to individuals for travel and research and to institutions for general activities and projects.
Below are some of the individuals and institutions that we are currently supporting.
CASA DO POVO is an autonomous space in São Paulo that has acted as a place of memory and cultural center in harmony with contemporary art and thought. Parallel to its regular activities, CASA DO POVO has been developing a platform to discuss critical management with social movements and art initiatives (from Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra to Beta-Local) and continues to be the home of neighborhood associations, art collectives, and many others, fostering micropolitical resistance and the rise of a common place.
CASCO ART INSTITUTE: WORKING FOR THE COMMONS, is a non-profit foundation based in Utrecht. Founded as Casco in 1999 Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons cultivates and presents art practices based on study lines on the commons and for the commons alongside communities in the field of art, education and activism. These study lines are presented to the public through biannual exhibition program, quarterly study meetings, an annual assembly and shared in various public programs.
DEPO is a space for culture, arts and critical debate based in Istanbul, founded in 2008. DEPO mainly focuses on art practices that deal with social issues by collaborating with artists, artist collectives, civic and cultural organizations from Turkey, neighboring countries and Europe. It organizes exhibitions, film screenings and discussions on issues related to human rights, politics of memory, cultural diversity, art and activism. Since 2009 DEPO has been publishing the online journal Red Thread.
ESPIRA (Espacio para la Investigación y Reflexión Artística) is an art and education center based in Managua, founded in 2005. As a space of encounter and discussion for younger artists from all over Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama) it creates a platform of collective and critical education based on research, reflection and practice. EspIRA’s “Cernir y discernir” (Sift and Discern) project will inquire the origin, development and outcomes of the current situation in Nicaragua, through discussions, theoretical research and art practice
IDEA arts + society is a magazine based in Cluj. Founded in 2003 by artists, philosophers, writers and curators working from the beginning in an intercultural context and with a desire for shared social sensibilities, IDEA has been a vehicle for establishing critical context, connections, solidarity and a sense of community from the joint commitment for art and a better life.
INSTITUTE OF RADICAL IMAGINATION is a nonprofit organization whose fundamental purpose is educational in nature. The purpose of the Institute is to develop and coordinate programmatic content on post-capitalism by hosting symposia, colloquia, forums, reading groups. The institute focuses on six post-capitalist institutions namely, digital currency/parasitical finance and sharing economy; de-commodification of work and labour commoning; legalization of the commons; citizenship in commons, architecture of commons and alternative education.
LA RED CONCEPTUALISMOS DEL SUR (REDCSUR) is an initiative bringing together researchers and artists from the various regions of Latin America and Europe since 2007, establishing itself as a platform for collective and affective internationalist work on the contemporary relations between art and politics. RedCSur conceives its practice as a way to intervene critically on the forms of deactivation, neutralization and commercialization of the critical power of multiple poetic-political experiences that took place in Latin America from the early Sixties onwards. In more than 10 years of life RedCSur have promoted several initiatives, all of them necessarily collective: research projects, graphic actions, a long-term reflection on the uses and politics of archives, working on the constitution and organization of some of the most significant artist-held archives in South America, an also curatorial and editorial collective experiments, in collaboration with different partner and allied institutions, people and groups.
OFF-BIENNALE 2020 is an international contemporary art event, based in Budapest. As the largest civil, independent arts initiative in Hungary, it is based on self-organization and a collaboration of artists, curators, other cultural and civil organizations, galleries and students. OFF-Biennale aims to strengthen the local independent art scene and it strives to take part in the social discourse on public issues and to enhance the culture of democracy by the means of art.
VIVA EXCON 2018 (Visayas Islands Visual Arts Exhibition and Conference) is an artist-run and organized biennial, founded by the Bacolod City based artist organisation Black Artists in Asia. With no central organisation the biennial is run by a loose confederacy, a community of key organisers connected by a rootedness to the Visayan region. Each edition of VIVA EXCON is organised and hosted by different artist organisations across different islands in the Visayan archipelago. VIVA EXCON 2018 is hosted by Roxas City, Capiz.
WHAT, HOW & FOR WHOM/WHW is a curatorial collective formed in 1999 and based in Zagreb and Berlin. Its members are curators Ivet Ćurlin, Ana Dević, Nataša Ilić and Sabina Sabolović, and designer and publicist Dejan Kršić. WHW directs Gallery Nova in Zagreb and organizes a range of production, exhibition and publishing projects. It has been intensively developing models based on collective way of working, collaboration between partners of different backgrounds and involvement with local advocacy platforms. What, how and for whom, the three basic questions of every economic organization, concern the planning, concept and realization of exhibitions as well as the production and distribution of artworks and the artist’s position in the labor market. Recently, WHW launched a new educational program for emerging artists called WHW Akademija based in Zagreb and about to start in Autumn 2018.
ANA DŽOKIĆ is an architect, artist, and activist, based in Belgrade and Rotterdam. With Marc Neelen, she forms STEALTH.unlimited. Their work is situated between future fiction, spatial intervention and the politics of possibility. Following the 2008 financial crisis, STEALTH engages in reframing practice, rethinking economy through collective citizen’s capacity and creating urban commons.
BILJANA CIRIC is an independent curator based in Shanghai and Belgrade. She was the co-curator of the 3rd Ural Industrial Biennale for Contemporary Art (Yekaterinburg, 2015), curator in residency at Kadist Art Foundation (Paris, 2015) and a research fellow at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (Høvikodden, 2016). In 2013, Ciric initiated the seminar platform From a History of Exhibitions Towards a Future of Exhibition Making with the focus of China and Southeast Asia. The first seminar platform was hosted by St Paul St Gallery, AUT, New Zealand and currently, Ciric is working on a second assembly hosted by RAM in November 2018 related to exhibition histories with a focus on the 1990’s. In 2018 she established educational platform What Could/Should Curating Do.
DÓRA HEGYI is a curator and critic based in Budapest. Between 1996 and 2003, she worked as a curator at the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art Budapest, where she initiated a project space in 1999. Since 2005, she is the director of tranzit.hu in Budapest. She curates and initiates exhibitions, discursive, educational, research and publication projects that consider art as a field of approaches that can mediate between different ways of knowledge production. During the years of its existence tranzit.hu has reflected on structural needs of the art and cultural scene in Hungary and mediated between grassroots and institutional, local and international, as well as across different interdisciplinary contexts. Considering the art field and its actors parts of the constantly re-building civil society, she directs the organization in a self-reflective mode.