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The Mumbai Forest Residency invites artists, researchers and cultural practitioners to a multidisciplinary residency programme at one of Mumbai?s largest green reserves.

Aarey is today one of the most contested sites in the metropolis being coveted by infrastructure projects eager to cut out portions of its 3000 acres and displace over 10,000 people as part of the city?s urban planning vision.

The forest presently hosts a rich biodiversity with over 222 species of birds, reptiles and mammals and plant life. It has also been home to the local Warli tribe from various parts of the country for over a century. With the present risk of eviction, comes the risk of ending a large chunk of the city?s history.

ArtOxygen believes that the site is of great value in terms of its social, cultural and economic history. The case of Aarey reflects also the current urban transformation of Mumbai that continues to marginalise communities that form an important part of the city?s identity.

We encourage cultural practitioners to work in a space that is undergoing constant transformation, in order to preserve the wealth of stories of those who live there.

Artists who apply will live in the forest and will be expected to work together with villagers residing there. The outcome of the experience will be site-specific projects that become a living archive of the diversity present in the space.

Artist interventions can range from photographic works, video documents, performances, relational pieces, mappings, community works, sculpture and installation. Each project will be exhibited to forest residents and the outside public.

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Residency Programme since: 2013
Description of Organisation:

ArtO2 is an independent contemporary art organization based out of Mumbai, India, since 2009. It specializes in curating, planning, and producing art projects which challenge and question the idea of the &ldquopublic&rdquo in all its meanings and uses.

We strive to provide access to and knowledge of contemporary arts, as we strongly believe art can foster creativity, celebrate cultural diversity, promote inclusion and stimulate innovation.

Our flagship event is [en]counters, a yearly initiative launched in 2010 exploring issues related to Mumbai&rsquos urban landscape and encouraging creative ideas & actions that have an impact on and transform the city&rsquos everyday life. The aim of [en]counters is:

a. to include art and creativity as a specific factor to be taken into consideration, along with economic, social, environmental ones, whilst defining urban development plans and policies

b. to push artistic practices to cope with specific problems affecting the city, to approach them from an out-of-the-box approach and, to propose innovative solutions

c. to provide a platform where artists coming from different regions can exchange experiences & generate new ideas.

Organisation founded in: 2009
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
Presentation of artists’ work: Exhibition at end of residency
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 1 – 3
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 2
Studio type and size: Live/work studio
Accommodation type:
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Application process: Postal application
If yes, what is the amount of the fund? (in your local currency): The production residency has a basic fee that covers working studio and living space. The residency fee does not include cost of materials/tools, health insurance, international and local travel, shipping, food, laundry. These will be charged separately. CostՏperՏweek:ՏEUROՏ280 CostՏperՏmonth:ՏEUROՏ1,000
Expenses paid by the artist:
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Supplies
Other activities happening at the space:
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Films
  • Exhibition
Selection process: By committee
Setting: Urban
How to reach by plane: Artists will need to arrive into Mumbai International Airport.
Street & Number: A301, Nestle, 4th cross lane, Andheri Lokhandwala
Postal Code: 400058
City: Mumbai
Country long: India
A301, Nestle, 4th cross lane, Andheri Lokhandwala
Mumbai 400058 IND
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