Open call: ორთვიანი რეზიდენციები ტირანაში / two month residency opportunities in Tirana

TICA, გეოეართან თანამშრომლობით ხელოვანებს საქართველოდან გთავაზობთ ორთვიანი რეზიდენციის 2 შესაძლებლობას ტირანაში, TICA AIRLAB რეზიდენციაში. შერჩეული ხელოვანები იმუშავებენ რეზიდენციის თემის - „ამბების თხრობის“ ირგვლივ. 

TICA international A.I.R. program, in collaboration with GeoAIR invites artists from Georgia to apply for fully-funded 2 month residency visits at TICA AIRLAB in Tirana, Albania. Selected artists will work within the “storytelling” theme of the residency.

Host organization

AIRLAB at TICA – Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art

Theme of the residency:

Storytelling as artistic practice

Stories may not actually breathe, but they can animate.[…] Stories animate human life; that is their work. Stories work with people, for people, and always stories work on people, affecting what people are able to see as real, as possible, and as worth doing or best avoided. What is it about stories—what are their particularities—that enables them to work as they do? More than mere curiosity is at stake in this question, because human life depends on the stories we tell: the sense of self that those stories impart, the relationships constructed around shared stories, and the sense of purpose that stories both propose and foreclose
—Arthur Frank, Letting Stories Breathe (2010)

Storytelling is one of the few human traits that are truly universal across culture and through all of known history. People in societies of all types weave narratives, from oral storytellers in hunter-gatherer tribes to the millions of writers churning out books, television shows and movies.
Modern storytelling has extended itself to representing history, personal narrative, political commentary, and evolving cultural norms. New forms of media have created new ways for people to record, express, and consume stories, while oral stories continue to be committed to memory and passed from generation to generation, despite the increasing popularity of written and televised media in much of the world. Documentaries, including interactive web documentaries, employ storytelling narrative techniques to communicate information about their topic. A growing number of artists use the story form in contemporary art as a means of comprehending and conveying political and social events.
Storytelling as artistic practice aims at bringing together artists who use the infinite forms at their disposal - traditional and contemporary, literary or visual, technological or oral - to convey their message, raise awareness, and reflect on our time and the social, political, psychological and emotional textures of our global society.

With the support of the Prince Claus Fund, following components will be supported for selected artists: 

•Two month residency in Tirana, Albania (April-May OR September-October, 2014)
•Free accommodation in the residency
•Honorary 500€ per month
•Ticket to and from Tirana
•Production 700€
•Production, interpretation and PR support

NOTE: selected artists will be responsible for obtaining visa for the visit and affiliated fees will not be reimbursed within the program.


•We are searching for two artists from Georgia, who are interested to work in relation with the theme of the residency (in April-May OR September-October, 2014)
•Artist should be able to know English on at least working level (hosting residency will support with the translations when needed).
•One presentation during the residency and final project/exhibition at the end
•Compulsory attendance
•Presentation/public event about the residency project upon return to Georgia

Application instructions:

Interested candidates should submit following documents (all written in English and named as below)

Curriculum Vitae (file name: CV_name_surname)
Portfolio (file name: portfolio_name_surname)
Letter of motivation (file name: LoM_name_surname) maximum one page, stating why you would like to participate in this residency, what do you intend to implement and how will this link with your artistic practice

Deadline: 20 February, 2014 

please send it via email (subject line: TICA/GeoAIR application) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and also include which residency period(s) are you available for - April-May AND/OR September-October, 2014

TICA AIRLAB is supported by Prince Claus Foundation