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RESIDENCY PROGRAM

The participants live and work in Casa Lü. The aim of our program is for residents to focus on the production of their work while sharing and creating a dialogue with emerging artists from all over the world. We also encourage residents to visit Mexico City's dynamic art scene. We provide a list of recommendations for museums, galleries, other local attractions and we keep residents in the loop for exhibition openings and other events. 

The residency lasts for 6 weeks. There are fixed start and end dates and residents are expected to participate during the whole length of the program. There are weekly meetings for work critiques, discussions, outings and other activities. Residents are invited to present their work in a group show at the end of their stay.

 

Art residency Rooftop
Art residency Rooftop

Photo by Cody Howell

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Exhibition space
Exhibition space

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Art residency Rooftop
Art residency Rooftop

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Location

Our residency is located in the south part of the city, somewhere between the trendy neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa and the picturesque and peaceful neighborhoods of San Ángel and Coyoacán.  We are close to the beautiful and lush 'Parque Hundido' park that has great running paths and artistic reproductions of pre-columbian stone work. The neighborhood is mainly residential, but it also has some restaurants, cafés and shops. The proximity to the subway and metrobus lines makes it easy to move around the city.

Accommodation

We host five residents at a time. There are four shared studio spaces and one private. The residency house has a kitchen, living room, garden and all bedrooms have an ensuite bathroom. Linens and basic kitchen equipment are provided. The Residency is located in a residential neighborhood, so residents are required to respect the tone and tempo of our neighbors. 


Partners or visitors are allowed for up to 7 nights. If you are an artist duo or you would like to participate in a residency program with your children or family, we recommend our sister residency EL SUR.

Resident artist in kitchen

Photo by Benjamin McVey

Studios

 

The shared studio is divided between 4 residents and each one gets a space of 9m2 approximately. The window faces east so the sun comes in strongly during the morning. Artists can choose their table according to the order of arrival at the residency. 

Shared studio in residency
Shared studio in residency

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Shared studio in residency
Shared studio in residency

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The private studio measures 12m2. There is a sink just outside the entrance door. The window faces west so the studio has a fresh temperature and the sun comes in lightly during the afternoon.

Private studio
Private studio

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Private studio

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​Residency schedule

The day after the arrival date, we typically have a welcome lunch followed by an introduction meeting where we go through the Residents Manual, activities calendar, house rules and a questions and answers session. After the group meeting, each resident has a one on one time with our staff to discuss their projects and needs in order to get settled. 

Every week we take residents on an outing to show them some of our favorite spots in the City. They may include galleries, museums, parks and artists studios. Once a week our residents also gather with our curator in order to have group or individual meetings to talk about their work and prepare for the group show. 

We open our doors twice during the duration of each program so that the interested public can come and meet our residents and their work. Firstly during our “Open X Files”,  moderated by Amado Cabrales, where each resident gives a short presentation of their work followed by a feedback session from guests and members of Mexico City's art scene. The aim of this open studio is to generate a dialogue and constructive criticism around the creative process and ideas of the resident’s projects. Secondly during the resident’s group show at the end of the program. 

All of our outings, activities and meetings have the objective to broaden the themes and interests of plastic production within Mexico City and deepening and sharing between the artists in residence and the local community.

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