Description of Residency Program
We are pleased to announce a new series of artist residency expeditions into one of the richest biomes on our planet, inside an autonomous indigenous province and community. La Wayaka Current’s, Tropic 08°N program presents a rare opportunity to research and develop new artistic & creative practices in a remote natural environment between rainforest and sea, in collaboration with an autonomous, indigenous group at the gateway between South and Central America, Guna Yala province. Respect for community and nature remains at the heart of this place and culture despite increased connections to the globalised world.
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.
Our programs are run for a duration of 3 weeks with an option to extend to 6 weeks on specific dates. (Enquire for shorter or longer residency availability)