Athens Residency Fall 2023

Residency Begins: Monday, October 2nd 2023 – Monday, November 27th 2023


Deniz Kirkali
Carla Maldonado

Deniz Kirkali is a curator and writer based between Istanbul and London. She holds an MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London and a BS in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. She has co-founded topsoil, a transnational curatorial and research collective, and Garp Sessions, a summer programme in Babakale, Turkey. She was the curator of Reciprocity Muscles at Cala, Berlin, My Dear Friends at Depo, Istanbul and Make it Hot, Cool it Down, Turn it Over in London; and the assistant curator of the 10th BACA Award Exhibition at Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, the Pavilion of Turkey at the 58th Venice Biennale, and BAHAR, the Istanbul offsite project of Sharjah Biennial 13. Her writings have been published in international magazines and platforms such as AQNB, Flash Art, this is tomorrow, Art Rabbit, We are Europe, Cogito, Art Unlimited and Manifold. She is the co-author of Otomy, published in 2022 by Onagore and winner of Volumes Book Award 2022. She has edited Fire Walk, an artist book by Ulgen Semerci and Burcu Yagcioglu, funded by the European Union. She is currently working as one of the editors of Garp Sessions Book, funded by SAHA. She is also currently doing her PhD in Advanced Practices at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Carla Maldonado is a multimedia artist and independent filmmaker, working with film, site specific installation and the multimedia experience of their intersection. Maldonado is a 2023 artist resident at The Locker Room Gallery in Brooklyn, a 2021 recipient of the City Artist Corps Grant, a 2020 AIM fellow artist at The Bronx Museum of the Arts and a 2019 recipient of Best of SVA Hollywood Award. In 2023 they collaborated with Lily Lady on a short film for a multichannel installation at the Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY, during Rockaway Art Week. They recently showed work at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, Portugal (2022) ; Revelation Gallery, New York; XYZ Gallery, Brooklyn (2021); Thomas Erben Gallery, New York (2020); Satellite Art Show during Art Basel in Miami and Brooklyn; Barcelona Planet Film Festival, Spain; Fathom Gallery LA, CA; and Nowolipki State Center of Arts, Warsaw, PL.(2019). They have an MFA in Photography, Video & Related Media, SVA in New York, 2019. Maldonado lives and works in New York City.

“I am a Brazilian artist who films, directs and edits short films to be experienced through multiple screen video installations. I create visual narratives influenced by queer ecology and ecofeminism, using it as a means of cultural resistance against oppressive systems.
My work weaves stunning imagery with critical social commentary, bringing to light political issues like the global climate crisis, colonialism, and international politics. By incorporating multiple screens, whether it’s a two-screen or ten-screen installation, I like to bend cinematic boundaries and push the limits of traditional storytelling.”  Read More


Meet the Jury of the Fall 2023 Athens Residency

Linnéa Bake

Linnéa Bake is a curator and writer based in Berlin. She is one of the co-founders and artistic directors of the non-profit art association and exhibition space soft power – a collective curatorial endeavour, appropriating with its name a term that describes and
uses the influence which ”soft” assets such as culture and art can have on political and economic spheres. Alongside her independent practice, she has previously held positions i.a. at the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (assistant curator), KW Institute for Contemporary Art / DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program (project-based), and the Berlin Artistic Research Grant Programme (public programme and exhibitions). Her writing has been published by institutions such as Göttinger Kunstverein, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and Manifesta 13, magazines like Texte zur Kunst, Spike Art Magazine, King Kong Magazine and Nuda, as well as in the framework of exhibitions or artistic projects, exploring the potential of writing and publishing as curatorial forms. In Spring 2023, she was awarded the Curatorial Fellowship of the ARCAthens Residency Program in Athens.

Ash Bulayev

Ash Bulayev has worked for 25 years as curator, producer and artist, at the cross-section of contemporary performance and time-based visual arts. A keynote speech, Freedom & Frenzy, given in 2020 at the Flanders Art Institute, will hopefully give context to his trajectory and thoughts about the current state of our arts sector.

From 2018 – 2022, he was the founding director of Onassis AiR, an (inter)national collaborative research residency in Athens, Greece. Invited by the Onassis Foundation and the Board of Directors in 2016, he has done a preliminary case-study of possible formats of an artistic research residency program. The result was an experimental format that hosted more than 150 art professionals from four continents. A foreword to a four-part publication written in 2022, expands on this experience in detail.

Wayne Gonzales. Photo by Judy Cooper

Wayne Gonzales is an artist who lives and works in New York City. He has solo exhibitions at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga in Málaga, Spain; the New Orleans Museum of Art; and Le Consortium in Dijon, France, as well as thirty-five one person gallery shows internationally. His work was also included in America: Between Dreams and Reality at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec in Québec, Canada; Everything is Connected: Art and Conspiracy at the Met Breuer in New York; Chaos and Awe: Painting for the 21st Century at the Frist Museum in Nashville, Tennessee; Prospect 4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, the New Orleans triennial in New Orleans; America is Hard
to See at the Whitney Museum in New York; and Dark Matter at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.

Notable public collections include the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York; the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, Texas; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC; the Maramotti Collection in Reggio-Emilia, Italy; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts; the New Orleans Museum of Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Gonzales has taught at The Cooper Union and at Hunter College, both in New York. He is a native of New Orleans.

We would like to thank our jurors for their service in thoughtfully and patiently considering the applications.