Description of Residency Program
We are pleased to announce a new series of artist residency expeditions into the vast, otherworldly Atacama Desert, Chile. La Wayaka Current’s, Desert 23°S program presents a rare opportunity to research and develop your creative practice in one of the driest environments on our planet, at the National Nature Reserve of Flamingos. This region closer resembles the surface of Mars than Earth, offers the most optimal conditions for astronomical observations in the world and preserves ancient archeological sites beneath the sand. Within this arid landscape, lives an unbelievably diverse and rich ecosystem that remains due to the knowledge of indigenous peoples who fight to protect the area from exploitative, water-intensive mining.
Our fluid, site-responsive program introduces artists-in-residence to the local ecology, history and culture of the place, as well as exploring contemporary socio-political concerns whilst presenting reciprocal benefits to local communities both socially and economically through our presence and exchange. In our fifth year of operation, we cultivate spaces in remote environments that nourish and encourage space for personal and professional growth, through experiential nodes of learning with a focus on research and experimentation to manifest inspiration in an outdoor creative space, beyond a conventional studio or institutional context.
Through this program, we engage with new ecological and cultural perspectives in a multitude of ways, at a complex time of global climate change and mass extinction. We wish to challenge and expand our ecological awareness as creative practitioners. Promoting necessary dialogues between artists from around the world, indigenous cultures, and the environment around us. We operate as a non-profit, artist-led initiative registered in UK and Chile, working nomadically between South, Central America, and Northern Europe. La Wayaka Current is run by an international collective of people experienced in different fields of arts, cultural and environmental subjects.
Expedition Programs run on the following dates:
- Nov 20 – Dec 11, 2019
- March 3 – March 24, 2020
- June 10 – July 1, 2020
- Sept 4 – Sept 25, 2020
- Oct 5 – Oct 26, 2020