Another group of international artists arrive at the capital Bahia this April to participate in the Artist Residence Program Vila Sul hosted by the Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia. For two months, they will experience the routine of the city, interact with their practices and cultural agents, to deepen their artistic research and exchange knowledge, situated in apartments built on the last floor of the headquarters of the Institute. There will be four residents this season: Filmmaker and visual artist Annika Kahrs (Germany), curator and visual artist Georgina Maxim (Zimbabwe), composer Patrick Giguère (Canada) and the musician and filmmaker Segundo Bercetche (Argentina).
Officially opened in November 2016, the South Village is the third artistic residence in the general scope of 159 units of the Goethe-Institut existing on the planet, and the first and only of the network in the Global South Ecuador. Its proposal is to strengthen cultural interaction between Brazil and other countries in the southern hemisphere. Between 2016 and 2019, 68 artists and cultural agents have already experienced this opportunity.
Georgina Maxim (Zimbabwe) has more than a decade of experience in artistic management and practice. Together with Misheck Masamvu, she founded Village Unhu in 2012, a collective space for artists, providing studios, exhibitions, workshops and residence programs for both professionals and young talents. From 1999 to 2013, she worked at the Gallery Delta Foundation for art and the humanities as a galleries manager, acquiring her first experience during and after her studies at the Chinhoyi University of Technology in Zimbabwe. As an artist, her work combines weaving, sewing and textiles, creating objects that escape definition. Clothing is desconstructed and sometimes rebuilt to find new ways to pay tribute and reflection on the person who possessed the original clothes. Maxim describes this as "the memory of". She was nominated for the Henrike Grohs Award (Goethe-Institut Abidjan) in 2018, exhibited extensively international and regionally and is currently represented by Sulger-Buel Gallery in London. Maxim studies verbal arts and African visuals - languages, and curating at the University of Bayreuth, in Germany.
To read more about the Vila Sul Residency Program please navigate to the Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia website here