On March 27, 2022, curators of various residencies and artists gathered for the inaugural meeting at the Pomidor Residency, held with the support of Reside/Sustain and Adele Kim.
We invited our colleagues from other residences to talk about the world we had found ourselves in, to discuss how we shall work in the new circumstances, what has changed in our practices, and how we can support each other and those who need help more than we do. The meeting was held “behind closed doors” which helped us create a safe space where
we could have a candid professional conversation.
And it was one great discussion, so inspiring!
Event of the Pomidor Residency
"Every few years, the artist residency community runs large professional events
in the form of Forums of Association. Alas, there is typically no organized communication in the times between those events. An informal meeting at the Pomidor art-residence has inspired us to set up the following (including online ones).
For me personally, the Sunday meeting at Pomidor was very timely, because
at that time, I was feeling very lost and needed a conversation with like-minded people".
We’d like to thank the participants:
Adel Kim@keemade curator of @peredelkino_dt, editor of Air of Russiaand @residesustainKristina Gorlanova
curator, cofounder of Association
of Artistic Residencies of Russia http://airofrussia.ruKristina Pestova @christine_pestova_
curator, CCI FabrikaOlga Ivannikova @ivannikovaolgayurievnacurator of MaxArt Foundation @maxart_foundation Sasha Kovaleva@call.me.calmartistKristina @kristinskaja curator
P.S. It’s clear we hardly had time to discuss half of the things we wanted to. Kristina Pestova suggested we should hold more meetings like this one at other residencies. We agreed and so we’ll have more curators’ weekends in the future. We hope this will be possible.
“Ahead of the meeting, I was thinking a lot about the gradual demise of the old vocabulary and the lack of a new one that has yet to appear, about the liminality
we all got caught up in. The format of “dialogues with friends” became something
to fall back on because I suddenly realised just how few and far between like-minded people are, but on the plus side, connections have become much stronger. It is quite a challenge to keep talking when the language decays and the act of speaking became something of a practice for me. And our curators’ meeting was all about this practice: we talked about the experience of the present and the jelly-like future, and we discussed possible ways to continue producing art. And we found out there are such ways — we exchanged stories of solidarity and shared scenarios with each other. I believe in horizontal structures and I think that both stable and spontaneous ones work. And the spontaneous structure that came into being at the meeting didn’t dissolve; I think every one of us learned something useful that would help us build new structures in the future — after all, this is how they work, spreading like mycelium.”