Andrea Canepa and Amor Munoz awarded the Bauhaus Residency 2017.
Here in the complex of Masters’ Houses, Walter Gropius, Oskar Schlemmer, Georg Muche, László Moholy-Nagy, Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee lived next door to one another with their families and wives and frequently enjoyed the company of friends and guests. Artists’ collectives, married artists and artist friends – they all lived in the open structure of semi-detached houses placed in a park. The complex of Masters’ Houses came to epitomise the 20th century artists’ colony.
But with the departure of the Bauhauslers in 1933, the Masters’ Houses also lost their role as creative centres. With the Bauhaus Residency, the artists, the art, return to the Masters’ Houses. The focus is on a contemporary discourse about creative work in this very special place, which in many respects has of course changed to the greatest possible degree over the Bauhaus’s 90 years in Dessau. Every artist’s residency is therefore always also an investigative working residency.
The artists are selected by means of an invitation and an open call. Because the programme is still in development, the first guests are artists who were invited in association with “shared residencies”, that is, in cooperation with a partner.
The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation awards two places for the annual Bauhaus Residency programme in the Masters’ Houses by means of an internationally advertised open call. In the jury meeting in October, the two places were awarded to Andrea Canepa, Lima/Peru and Amor Munoz, Mexico City/Mexico.
The Residency programme envisages that during their stay, the artists will work on themes related to the Bauhaus and to the annual theme of the Foundation. All those who participated in the open call submitted a concept sketch based on the next annual theme, ‘Materials’. The internationally active artists Andrea Canepa and Amor Munoz won over the jury with their approaches. While Amor Munoz combines performance and experimental electronics with drawing and textile design, Andrea Canepa works with organisational models, which she allows to form and dissolve between real and virtual worlds using diverse media including installations, sculptures, drawings, photographs and video.