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.
Ashkal Alwan is a non-profit organization based in Beirut, Lebanon, founded in 1994. Its programs include the Home Works Forum on Cultural Practices, curated projects in Lebanon and abroad, the publication of literary works and artists’ books, artists-in-residency programs and a video production and screening program. In 2011, Ashkal Alwan launched Home Workspace dedicated to arts education and production.
Beta-Local is an organization in San Juan, Puerto Rico, dedicated to supporting and promoting aesthetic thought, visual arts and cultural practices through three main programs: La Práctica, a research and production program; The Harbor, an international residency program; and La Iván Illich, an experimental pedagogical platform. Beta-Local’s work takes the form of an active and critical workshop focused on knowledge production and exchange, open to many collaborators and based on the conditions of the tropics, the Caribbean and the present time.
Chto Delat (What is to be done?) is a collective that was founded in 2003 in St. Petersburg, and counts artists, critics, philosophers, and writers from St. Petersburg and Moscow among its members. The collective came about following the urgency of merging political theory, art, and activism. Its activity includes art projects, educational seminars, public campaigns, and ranges from video and theater plays, to radio programs and murals. The collective also publishes Russian-English newspaper Chto delat? which covers questions of culture and politics in an international context.
Clark House Initiative is a curatorial collaborative and a union of artists based in Bombay. Strategies of equality have informed their work, while experiments in re-reading of histories, and concerns of representation and visibility, are ways to imagine alternative economies and freedom. Clark House Initiative intends to actively recall political and artistic figures into contemporaneity and to question the situation in India. Membership arises from basic tenets of humanism – Friendship, Anti-Racism, Sexual Freedom, Anti-Homophobia, Anti-Islamophobia, Feminism, Secularism and understanding the project of Modernism as an economic and political reality outside the occident. Amol K Patil and Yogesh Barve are the current directors.
La Red Conceptualismos del Sur (RedCSur) is an initiative bringing together researchers and artists from the various regions of Latin America, Canada and Europe, establishing itself as a platform for collective thought and action in the contemporary relations between art and politics. It was founded in 2007 by a group of researchers concerned with intervening politically in the processes neutralizing the critical potential of ‘conceptual practices’ that had been developing in Latin America since the early Sixties. The RedCSur has been involved in 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.
TEOR/éTica is an independent space in San José, Costa Rica, dedicated to art and thought. Both its name and its mission imply theory, aesthetics and ethics. TEOR/éTica operates as a platform for research and circulation of contemporary artistic practices, with an emphasis on Central America and the Caribbean, through its exhibition program, editorial project, public activities, programs of study and education, grant and support program, archive, library, and the custody and activation of the Virginia Pérez-Ratton collection. Since 2018 the institution is being directed in a collective manner by five members of the team to reflect how it operates: a shift towards decentralization, horizontality and collective participation both in the decision-making process and in the distribution of responsibilities.
The Laboratory for the urban Commons (LUC) is a collective of scholars, activists, cultural producers and artists for the co-production of militant research, radical pedagogy, activist practices, art and culture situated in Athens. LUC explores innovative experiences of social and solidarity economy, radical pedagogy, self-management and commoning for a post-capitalist future. LUC facilitates the documentation, archiving and narration of histories of popular struggles and of counter-hegemonic social and artistic movements and aims to develop a common narrative of social transformation.
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.
Fernanda Carvajal is a sociologist, teacher and researcher at Buenos Aires University. She is working on the crossroads of art, politics and sexuality in Latin America since the 1970s. She is part of the group Micropolitics of Sexual Disobedience in Contemporary Art, directed by Fernando Davis, and alongside Mabel Tapia, she coordinated the group Red Conceptualismos del Sur, within which she formed the curatorial team of the exhibition Losing the Human Form: A Seismic Image of the 1980s in Latin America at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid in 2012 (also shown in Lima, 2013, and in Buenos Aires, 2014).
Xenia Kalpaktsoglou is a curator and a writer. In 2005, together with artist Poka-Yio (Polydoros Karyofyllis) and art-critic Augustine Zenakos, she founded the Athens Biennale, a non-profit independent organisation, which she co-directed until July 2016 when she stepped down. During this time, she co-curated two editions, AB1-Destroy Athens (2007) and AB3-MONODROME (2011). Her curatorial practice has evolved to focus on two primary functions: that of an initiator of artistic platforms and networks, and that of a facilitator of artists’ projects while her process is heavily rooted in collaborations. Currently she is involved in the set-up of LUC (Laboratory for the Urban Commons), an Athens-based research laboratory constituted by local and international researchers, activists, and cultural producers which aims to operate as platform across different solidarity economies, grassroots movements, knowledge and cultural communities.
Pınar Öğrenci is an artist and a writer based in İstanbul. Her works address subjects such as migration, war, collective movements, nationalism, cultural assimilation and urban transformation. She is the founder of MARSistanbul, an art initiative launched in 2010. Since the late 1990s, Öğrenci has extensively written on contemporary art and architecture.
Zeyno Pekünlü is an artist and lecturer based in Istanbul. Her artistic interventions mostly take the form of videos and installations. She is also part of several grassroots political networks; Müştereklerimiz (Our Commons) that aims to create both temporary and permanent alliances around the ideas of commoning practices and Dünyada Mekan (A Place on Earth) a multi-functional, self-organized solidarity space for white-collar and freelance workers.
Raluca Voinea is a curator and art critic based in Bucharest. She is co-director of tranzit.ro, an institution dedicated to contemporary art and its contexts, and she is part of the editorial collective IDEA arts + society. She has been engaged with issues related to public space, cultural workers’ rights, collective forms of ownership and management, Eastern European post-1989 art and political developments, and more recently, perspectives upon an ecological, feminist and optimistic future.