RESIDENCIES DURING COVID-19

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"Casa Lü was my first art residency and didn't know what to expect, especially during COVID. I was worried about adjusting to a new place but Lupe made sure that I felt comfortable and safe at the residency. She took us around Mexico City to experience it even with everything closed, she still wanted us to see the city as safe and normally as possible. With stores being closed, she tried her best to find a store for us to buy art supplies. The shared studio space is big, great size and with amazing lighting. Casa Lü is located in a great area that is within walking distance to a lot of things that you need. I had a great time during my stay at Casa Lü. I would highly recommend this place!"

Gabi Magaly

"It was important to me to get back to my art practice, and I don't want to sound so dramatic, but I was worried that I didn't have a plan for how I was going to prioritize and re-center art in my life without following through with this opportunity. 

 

So I am in another country, not on vacation, but working away, looking out of a giant window towards the back garden, another artist to my right is starting his maybe 7th painting, another artist is upstairs chatting away doing their part-time remote consulting and behind me in the kitchen another artist who has been in Mexico City for the last two years is heating up some vegan tacos with tortillas from the tortilleria. I would feel like I was more in a bubble if I hadn't been put in touch with a friend with a place that can help me get some Riso affordable prints made, Lupe fired some ceramics for me yesterday and will be doing another firing tomorrow, and this evening while it was raining and I got a text from another person in Mexico City that I can't wait to see texting me back that "the rain is romantic".

I could improve my Spanish if I wanted to, I could work on twenty different pieces if I wanted to, I could take a hike in Parque Hundido if I wanted to, and it's the most realistic way I can imagine being both in quarantine, but also this is a lovely way to imagine what kind of life I want to emerge from after quarantine. On the practical level it's still less expensive than my own home plus studio, and it's ideal if you needed a change of environment from ones own small cramped quarters (sick of your roommates? Then I wouldn't hesitate to consider this option!) I do miss our 4th housemate who I enjoyed going on feminist rants with, who tastefully embroidered an image of herself masturbating onto a curtain, and her show has come down and now I'm getting ready for a socially distanced solo show in 5 days. 

All together, I can't imagine having done anything else (other than maybe protesting with friends in the states, but that's a whole 'nother risk too) and although the speed of time has been weird, and there are yet more things I'm not sure I'll be able to complete before I need to leave, Lupe's been more than accommodating than I expected anyone to be. So this place holds a special place in a lot of artists' hearts, and now mine too, and if you're lucky enough to get in like we were, then by all means take the time, because I don't know any other places that are trying to figure out how to adapt to new circumstances. If you're not already in the works on project X, Y, Z, and you're feeling like you're kind of just floating (like a lot of us here are), this is a great place to ground yourself."
Cedric Tai

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"Spending three months at Casa Lü Tepoztlan, and then two months at Casa Lü CDMX has been an amazing experience that has changed my life- despite happening during a global pandemic. I have felt so lucky to have access to the studios and stylish living quarters during my stay in Mexico City. Lupe has great taste and will do her best to make sure you are comfortable wherever you are staying.  The neighborhood surrounding the residency has a local vibe, with cute cafes, restaurants, and a big park that has been perfect for going on runs.  It is located a short bike or Uber ride away from Coyoacan and Roma/Condesa, but removed enough to feel peaceful.  Highly recommend!"

Sarah Thibault 

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"Casa Lü has been a great place to develop my ideas as an artist. During this past month, I was able to do research and implemented ideas for my virtual exhibition. I had access to a beautiful studio space with an enclosed garden and there are two machines available to do some woodwork. The neighborhood where Casa Lü is located it's really safe, it's surrounded by coffee shops, restaurants, and grocery stores. I highly recommend this residency to any local or international artists."

LesDav Ag 

"Casa Lü has been the perfect place to concentrate on work and formulate a virtual exhibition during this season of physical distancing. The Mexico City location offers ample workspace and a lovely enclosed garden. There is a huge, beautiful park within short walking when breaks are needed and plenty of grocery and art supply options within walking distance (that also offer delivery to the house). The program provided a safe opportunity to continue focused production and a digitally memorialized "virtual show" to take away with me." 

Matthew Anderson

Museums, galleries, restaurants and stores are starting to reopen. Activities are slowly going back to normal  but since we are taking all the safety precautions to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus very seriously, we will continue with a few modifications on our program until further notice. 

 We require that all residents and Casa Lü staff sign and adhere to the following rules: 

 Traveling To Casa Lü

  • Please take self-quarantine measures for 14 days before your departure date from your outside home.

  • During your travels follow the sanitary measures: wear a face mask, avoid close contact with other people, carry antibacterial gel and utilize often, wash your hands as soon as you arrive to Casa Lü. 

 At Casa Lü

  • Stay home as much as possible and only go out to for essential matters; buy groceries or art supplies and any other activities related to your project or Casa Lü activities. 

  • When going out, follow the sanitary measures: wear a face mask, avoid crowded places and close contact with other people, carry antibacterial gel and utilize often, wash hands as soon as re-entering the residency. 

  • During weekly meetings or other activities, wear a face mask and take a safe distance of a minimum of 1.5 metres apart from each other. 

  • Outside visitors to the residency are limited and only with the consent of fellow residents and Casa Lü staff. 

  • Wash hands frequently, especially before and after entering common areas.

  • Clean after yourselves in all common areas, especially in the kitchen, do not leave dirty dishes in the sink, kitchen counter and tables.

  • Avoid using public transportation and only utilize Uber when necessary. 

RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The house is set in a residential neighborhood and can host up to 5 participants. We have 2 private studios and a shared one for 3 participants. While working on their personal projects, artists are encouraged to present their work to fellow residents and staff members for feedback at our weekly meetings. We also provide logistical and technical support for the successful realization of projects.

The weekly activities include outings to visit some of Mexico City's most beautiful neighborhoods, parks and monuments with all the necessary precautions. Galleries are also starting to pen by appointment only so we will be visiting a few shows. 

 

This program lasts for 4 or 6 weeks and has flexible start and end dates. Artists are invited to show their work in a solo virtual exhibition.

 

RESIDENCY SCHEDULE

4 Weeks program 

 

Week 1 

  • Welcome Mexican dinner (maintaining safe distance).

  • First meeting: Residents will give 10 to 15 min presentations of their work to fellow residents and staff members. 

  • Individual appointments with our house manager to discuss projects and needs. 

  • Weekly outing. 

Week 2

  • Second meeting: Residents will present their projects to fellow residents and staff members for feedback. 

  • Weekly outing. 

Week 3

  • Individual appointments with house manager to discuss exhibition details: date, title, text, installation, etc.

  • Weekly outing. 

Week 4

  • Installation of exhibition, photo shoot and discussions.

  • Weekly outing. 

 

6 Weeks program

 

Week 1 

  • Welcome Mexican dinner (maintaining safe distance).

  • First meeting: Residents will give 10 to 15 min presentations of their work to fellow residents and staff members. 

  • Individual appointments with our house manager to discuss projects and needs. 

  • Weekly outing. 

Week 2

  • Second meeting: Residents will present their projects to fellow residents and staff members for feedback. 

  • Weekly outing. 

Week 3

  • Individual appointments with our house manager to discuss projects and needs.

  • Weekly outing. 

Week 4

  • Third meeting: discuss exhibitions details.

  • Weekly outing. 

Week 5

  • Individual appointments with our project coordinator to discuss exhibition details: date, title, text, installation, etc.

  • Weekly outing. 

Week 6

  • Installation of exhibition, photo shoot and discussions.

  • Weekly outing. 

Notes

  • Program activities are not mandatory but highly recommended.

RESIDENCY PROGRAM EXTENSION 

This extension is only for artists who already concluded our residency program and wish to prolong their stay or come back to Casa Lü. The fee of 14,000 MXN per month includes accommodation with private bathroom and studio space (private or shared, depending on availability). Artists are also invited to join the discussions and other activities that occur in the residency. The extension period can last for a maximum of 3 months.

 

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