Phoenix Artists Can Do a Residency in Guadalajara This Summer

Artists from La Phoenikera have the awesome opportunity to do a six-week residency in Guadalajara this summer. The arts organization Celebración Artística de las Américas (CALA) is offering this in partnership with Programa Anual de Open Studios Guadalajara (PAOS GDL), the organization that will house the selected Phoenix artist.

“PAOS GDL is doing amazing work. They have residencies all year long that are open to artists from different parts of the world,” says Casandra Hernandez, curator and director of CALA. “Their space is the former home and studio of Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco.” Imagine living and working for six weeks in the place where one of Mexico’s most important modern artists thought up his revolutionary murals! I’d die.

PAOS GDL, home and studio of José Clemente Orozco. Photo by Revista Código.

The program wants to give artists opportunities to grow their practice, experiment with new approaches and investigate the culture they’ll be living in (including tortas ahogadas and cazuelas de tequila). If you’re an artists whose medium is painting, sculpture, photography, film, new media, installation, video, performance art, interdisciplinary arts and social practice, this exchange program is for you.

CALA chose to do this with an organization in Guadalajara and not any other city in Mexico because in their view, there are interesting parallels between Guanatos and La Phoenikera. Both cities are visited by people who are en route to L.aLa Land or el DFectuoso and their cultural scene is relatively new. “They are very large cities with a strong presence and at this point in time there are efforts to show that interesting and innovative things come out of them too,” says Casandra.

So here’s how it works if you want to have a shot at it. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on April 10. CALA then chooses three to five finalists and ultimately PAOS picks THE CHOSEN ONE. You’ll hear in early May if that’s you and if it is, you’ll be living in La Perla Tapatía through June and July.

“Right now, this is the only program dedicated exclusively to supporting Latinx artists from Phoenix to do residencies abroad,” says Casandra. For CALA, “because of the political and social context, it’s important to create platforms for the exchange of ideas and to enforce ties Mexico.” While some create walls, others create bridges.

So get on it Phoenikera creatives! This is a pretty unique opportunity. If you want to apply for the residency, you can do it here.