During the project lifecycle, four residencies were envisaged to be organized and implemented across the Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Spain each with the duration of 12-days. 


EMPACT Artistic Residencies took place at: 

Nature, Art & Habitat Residency (NAHR) Artistic Residency
Air: Commons, Chaotic Fluid, Inspiration
4 – 15 of July 2023 | Taleggio Valley, Italy

In Italy five artists were selected to explore the topic of Air: Commons, Chaotic Fluid, Inspiration. The artists included Ana Pečar, Andria Zachariou, Kaja Rakušček, Lea Petrou and Mirian Kolev. Fellows explored the function, mechanism, importance and state of air from a range of natural, ecological, social, political and ecological perspectives, and reflect on the impacts of air pollution and air quality degradation. To do this, the participating artists visited high and low pastures, walked across the mountains, attended dedicated lectures by specialists in the area, and were guided across the surrounding landscapes (natural and built), as well as offered the opportunity for site-specific investigations.

The artists
Ana Pečar

Ana Pečar’s video-based practice revolves around intangible, subtle, yet expressive scenes of nature. Spanning installations, photographs and ambient interventions, Pečar works to offer contemplative spaces, buffered from the outer fast pace world.

Andria Zachariou

During the residency Andria Zachariou intended to work based on the walks in Italy and collect the memories of it, resulting in creating art directly inspired by the significant walks around the landscapes. Andria did an installation with the natural materials collected.

Mirian Kolev

Mirian Kolev​ residency project envisaged field recordings of the general sound background characterizing the area and specific sounds from the environment. As a final result, Kolev resented both a sound installation and a live musical performance.

Lea (Evangelia) Petrou

During the residency, Lea Petrou intended to investigate the natural, geographical, historical, social, and political characteristics of the Taleggio Valley in Bergamo and incorporated different materials and techniques, like drawings, writing, collage, embroidery and interviews, based on walking techniques, in order to create a series of imaginary maps of the Valley.

Kaja Rakušček

During the residency, Kaja Rakušček​ took Taleggio valley as a case study, focusing on air and the locals’ relationship towards it; and initiated conversation about the air that they breathe and how it affects them. This resulted in a sound installation showcasing different conditions that can arise from breathing polluted air.

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Vorres Museum Artistic Residency
A Paradigm of Mediterranean Gardening
31 July – 11 August 2023 | Athens, Greece

EMPACT’s Greek partner welcomed three diverse visual artists, Veredas LopezAlva Moca and Venelin Shurelov – working in all media – and presented them the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of Greek modern art through their engagement with the museum’s permanent collection and immerse themselves in developing artworks relating to the given subject. Residents were able to take full advantage of its scenic natural environment – a paradigm of Mediterranean gardening redefined in the light of climate change, focusing on a sustainable approach.

The artists
Veredas Lopez

«Within this universal greenhouse, marked by multiple crises and war conflicts, the small bubble that she managed to control was the germ of the project. A bubble that encompasses her daily routine, her fears, her questions, her secrets… The chosen title, Eshora, focuseed on the importance of ACTION.»

Alva Moca

During the residency Alva Moca​ painted/printed with the sun as a tool and produced a portrait of our civilization for an unknown and unfiltered look through a list of characters on the edge of the human, in a society paradoxically more inhuman. From the technique of cyanotype and screen printing, Alva’s work arises from the observation of the reality that surrounds him.

Venelin Shurelov

Venelin is inspired by the notion of walking (as art) as a means of exploring the relationships between time, distance, geography, and scale. He stats «I am curious about the local specifics of the place. I believe that aesthetics is a social event rather than a visual one.» The media that Venelin used is video, performance, drawing, custom electronics.

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National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts “Kr.Sarafov” (NATFA) Artistic Residency
Water: Memory & Movement
26 August – 6 September 2023 | Sozopol, Bulgaria

NATFAs residency welcomed three talented artists Dimitris Savva, Andrea Davanzati, and Giulia Pellegrini, who committed to the creation of a performative story. The artists focused on their own resilience and sustainability. The residency took place in the town of Sozopol on the Black Sea and residents drew their inspiration from the beauty of the sea, rivers, and mountain areas in the region, as well as by the rich cultural heritage of the ancient city. The residency was organised in collaboration with the Apollonia Festival of the Arts and participants were able to attend a number of arts and culture events during this period.

The artists
Andrea Davanzati

During the residency Andrea Davanzati​ planned to celebrate the structural geometry of animals such as insects and bird nests and introduced the nature in its construction, built using natural wood or stainless steel or other materials.

Dimitris Savva

Dimitris Savva​ accomplished a live-electronics performance «Watering» that explored the impact of underwater sound pollution on aquatic species. The project featured live water sounds and underwater recordings from Sozopol’s seas and rivers.

Giulia Pellegrini

Giulia Pellegrini​’s work titled Benthos (o bentos, from ancient Greek βένθος, «depth»). Her work talked about the Black Sea, its marine ecology (now threatened by the degradation of its biodiversity and habitats) and how we can preserve it. The aim is to bring this environment back to life.

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Espacio Rojo (ER) Artistic Residency
Nature, Health and Care

18-29 of September 2023 | Madrid, Spain

The three selected artists who joined ER for the EMPACT Residency programme were Konstantinos Kotsis, Rebecca Sforzani, and Margherita Isola, produced artworks around the topic of Nature, Health, and Care.  Each of the resident artists engaged in an artistic research process with the goal of fostering change and social inclusion. The artists successfully positioned themselves as key agents in the promotion of empathy and sustainability within their respective communities. To this end, artists interacted with diverse, vulnerable and social collectives in the Carabanchel area of Madrid. These collectives span from schools, community kitchens, and neighborhood associations to women’s groups, climate change movements, activists, artisan networks, and artistic collectives. Each artist selected a specific group to collaborate with on their research.

At the end of each residency, participant artists gave a two-hour presentation of their work to the public and students.  

The residencies offered the artists the chance to work with international collaborators (curators, cultural professionals) and make new work at their equipped venues. The residencies culminated in the host partner presenting the work to the public. 

The residents have been selected through an open call.

The artists
Konstantinos Kotsis

During the residency Konstantinos was interested in investigating and focusing on the challenges that Madrid is facing considering the public space in terms of accessibility, inclusivity and communal spirit, pointing out the relationship between human and non-human entities and the bodies of water within the urban environment of the Spanish capital.

Margherita Isola

Artist and performer of Mediterranean origin, trained in contemporary dance, since 2007 she works as a visual artist mixing different practices and media: textile art, embroidery, performance, dance, collage, installation, public art and community works. Isola addresses issues related to feminism, migration, capitalization of Gaia, in order to rethink new forms of coexistence and interconnection.

Rebecca Sforanzi

Rebecca explored the local territory and traditions through walks, interviews, sound mapping, drawings, and videos. The community had the opportunity to create an (im)plausible local constitution that takes into account the rights of nature and its needs and desires about the society.

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