Open Call for Residency at the Ethnological Museum in Berlin

Dec. 16, 2022

The Ethnological Museum as well as the Museum of Asian Art invite visual artists and designers to engage with the exhibition “Discovering the West” in the galleries on North Africa, West and Central Asia. The show deals with the reception, appropriation and reinterpretation of ideas associated with the ‘West’ in the Ottoman and Persian Empires at the end of the 19th century. Reports from the world exhibitions in Vienna and Paris were received with interest, but also critically in Tehran, Istanbul, Damascus or Cairo. Using the examples of urban redevelopment, fashion and furniture design, the exhibition focuses on how the new impressions took shape in the material and visual cultures of these cosmopolitan urban centres and how they led to concrete and far-reaching political steps. Changes in gender roles and social change are also manifest in the objects.

Photo of a detail of an oil painting showing Shah Mohammed Kajar

Detail of an oil painting showing Shah Mohammed Kajar (1846/47) // Courtesy of Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Ethnologisches Museum

As part of the residency, artists are invited to engage with the themes and objects of the exhibition and explore their meanings for the 21st century. Artists of all media are invited. Due to the thematic orientation, but also the spatial conditions (high showcase back walls and an open space with daylight and a view of the cityscape), painting/graphics, video or installation works, including design works, are particularly welcome.

The art residency is awarded for a period of three months during the first half of 2023. During this time, the artist will further develop the submitted project and create a work that will be exhibited at the museum in 2023, with the possibility that the work will be purchased. The artist will be asked to participate in a public event at the museum in a format of the artist’s choice. Concluding the residency, a small publication will be made that documents the work process including sketches, photographs and small texts. The working language will be English.

The residency includes a stipend of 8.500 € (including taxes and health insurance), travel expenses to and from Berlin, production budget depending on the project and the possibility of a purchase, a small working space, access to the museum’s collection, archive, library and sound studio, curatorial supervision and technical support. Applications should contain a CV, short artist statement, concept and work plan, summary of work plan and contact details. Applications and inquiries can be sent to The deadline is January 6, 2023.

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Deadline: Jan. 6, 2023

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