Saturday, 28 March 2015

Call for Application: Artist in Residence at the Swedish National Museums of World Culture

Call for Application: Artist in Residence at the National Museums of World Culture

The Swedish National Museums of World Culture in Stockholm and Gothenburg are opening their archives for an artist in residence. The residency includes a grant as well as workspace and access to collections and exhibitions at the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm during September through November 2015.

The residency is positioned within the EU-project 'Sharing a World of Creativity, Inclusion and Heritage' (SWICH), an initiative of ten museums of ethnography and world culture that aims to develop collaborative and inclusive practices which investigate the potential of shared authority in the museum context.

We encourage artists with a diaspora background who want to develop historical as well as inventive relations to the archive and its (im)possible futures. The artist is selected on the basis of his/her social engagement and critical reflection, and his/her awareness of power imbalances embodied in the museum archive. Potential material fields of knowledge and experimentation are for example photography, textile and body ornaments.

The residency is offered during September through November 2015. The Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm provides a workspace on site along with technical assistance in explorations of the fragile collections.

We need your application at the latest on 1 May 2015. Please send a 500 word project description with your CV and six art works in digital form to The selected artist will be announced on 1 June.

See this document (PDF-document, 219 kB)for a full description of the residency.

About the collections at the museum of ethnography

The Museum of Ethnography manages a wide variety of collections mainly from regions outside of Europe. Consisting of 220,000 objects, more than 500,000 photographs and substantial archival material, the collections pertain to academic disciplines like archaeology, anthropology, ethnography, ethnology, art history and history as well as to diverse collectors active in colonial military/administrative, missionary, trade, diplomatic, scientific and adventurer/explorer contexts.

The collections are to a large extent searchable in an online digital database (mostly in Swedish, use google translate).

Search the collections

Information about searching the collections

Some of the museum's permanent galleries are also available online

The Storage - An Ethnographic Treasury

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