Open call Kaá



FROM MARCH 20th TO APRIL, 20th 2019

Deadline for registrations: January 24th, 2019
4 vacancies for Brazilians and foreign artists

Kaá, the Yvy Maraey Institute’s International Artist-in-Residence program, will be carried out from March 20th to April 20th, 2019, and opens an artist call to select 4 visual artists. The call is open to artists living in Brazil and foreigners and who have been professionally active for at least 5 years. One of the vacancies will be given to an artist residing in Rio Grande do Sul.

The project was awarded in the call #juntospelacultura_2_ of Rio Grande do Sul Fund for Cultural Support, with additional funding from COINCIDENCIA – Swiss & South American Cultural Exchanges.


The institute is a green territory in continuous evolution that occupies an area of 25 acres in the rural area of Porto Alegre. The institute’s mission is to experience art with nature, at the same time that promotes innovative and interdisciplinary actions that take the environment as a space at risk and permanent conservation, the ideal place for experimental and sustainable artistic practices.


Kaá (‘bush’ in Tupi-Guarani) names the first edition of the international residency program promoted by the Yvy Maraey Institute. The residency has a practical, interactive and immersive character, focusing on the multiple and sensitive relations between contemporary art and nature.

The program understands that the art residency is not only about the artist’s presence in a certain context but, above all, it’s a moment of development and exchange between the subject and the space around it.

During the four-week residency, selected artists will create contemporary art works and installations – permanent and / or temporary interventions – around the 25 acres of the Institute. The program seeks to give visibility to the artistic practices that question the contradictions and ambivalences of the complex relationship between art and nature.

As a way of promoting the rural area of Porto Alegre, Kaá intends to create a circumstantial connection between the rural zone and contemporary art, encouraging community members to actively participate in the cultural dialogues concerning the town.

In the Guarani worldview, Nature is not seen from outside as in the Western thought – in which Nature and the Human Being are distinct things in their essence, importance and aims. The Guarani perspective embraces the interdependence of all that exists and the destiny shared between the place and those who inhabit it. So everything that happens on earth also overmaster the people of the earth. Caring for the land would then mean take care of ourselves. We want to share this ancestral vision of interdependence with the residents and Institute’s visitors.


  • U$ 500 (five hundred American dollars) which includes artist’s payment, research and production costs of at least one new art work;
  • Travel costs (round-trip) from the artist’s place of residence to the Institute and back;
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner;
  • Accommodation in a shared room;
  • The residency will have a visiting program with international and Brazilian curators and will also host visits of established artists who have researches and experiences on the approach of the residency;
  • The visiting program includes Fernando Limberger, Jorge Menna Barreto, Leonardo Remor and curators Ane Rodríguez Armendariz (cultural director of Tabakalera, San Sebastian, Spain), Bruna Fetter (independent curator), Michelle Sommer (Independent Curator) Richard Le Quellec (Director of Embassy of Foreign Artists, Geneva, Switzerland).


Deadline for registrations: January 24th, 2019, at 11:59 pm, Brasília.

  1. Fill out the online application form available HERE;
  2. Portfolio submission as PDF file with up to 15 pages, not to exceeding 10 MB.
  3.  2.1. In addition to the visual portfolio, the PDF must include the following information: full name, place of birth, place of residence, email, cell phone, RG and CPF (for Brazilians), passport number (for foreigners) and three photos of the candidate (10X15 cm, 300dpi), plus biography with up to three paragraphs;
     2.2. Artists working with video, sound and / or performance can include up to 3 links to be accessed by the jury;
     2.3. Only links hosted on YouTube and Vimeo platforms will be considered. Links that demand downloading will not be considered;
     2.4. Portfolios in format or size different from what is here requested will not be considered.
  4. Submission of CV (resumé) in PDF format with up to 2 pages;
  5. STATEMENT in PDF (up to 1500 words). Presentation of the work’s conceptual guidance, in a way that enables the jury to understand the artist’s working themes and research interest;
  6. Applications will be accepted in Portuguese, Spanish or English. The artist must have knowledge of one of these three languages, as they will be the languages spoken during the residency.


The ten candidates with the highest scores will be interviewed by Skype between February 7-12, 2019, by the organizers of the residency.

The selected artists will be announced on February 13th, 2019 in the Yvy Maraey Institute website and social networks.

The jury’s decision will not be reviewed after published.


The selected artists authorize the use of their work images and personal images and biography for announcements and documentation purpose.

The selected artists will participate in two discussion panels in two cultural institutions in Porto Alegre. At the first panel, the artists will present their current work and research; in the second panel, they will present the work developed during the Kaá residency.

Selected artists will make available the images and video materials made during the residency so that the material can be added in publications, digital editions, website and other means of announcement and documentation.  Each artist must make available at least 10 images of the work done during the residency and 10 images that document the residency period, meaning 20 files as JPEG, 1800 x 1200 pixels.

Selected artists commit to submit, each, an article describing the residency experience. Articles must have a minimum of 2500 words and must be sent up to June 1st, 2019.

Selected artists working with video / sound are required to provide two links with the works on the YouTube or Vimeo platform within 21 days of the end of the residency.

By applying to this open call, the artist agrees to all the participation requirements and must present a valid visa (when necessary) and a valid passport for the length of their stay. The artist must have travel documentation within 10 days after the announcement of the selected artists. When documents are not provided, the artist will be disqualified for the program.

Artists are responsible for acquiring health insurance for the period of residence.

About the open studios, the selected artists will be visited by the local community, which will follow the development of the artists’ works and practices.



Instituto Yvy Maraey


Denis Rodriguez


Pauline Julier (CH)
Ayrson Heráclito (BR)
Leonardo Remor (BR)


Fernanda Pujol
Leonardo Remor


Maria Amélia Bulhões and Denis Rodriguez


Denis Rodriguez and Irineu Garcia


Ane Rodríguez Armendariz (ES)
Maria Isabel Rueda (CO)
Richard Le Quellec (CH)
Michelle Sommer (BR)
Bruna Fetter (BR)


Ariela Dedigo


Isabel Waquil

The program is funded by “#juntospelacultura_2_” Rio Grande do Sul Cultural Fund and COINCIDENCIA – Swiss & South American Cultural Exchanges.