Fellowship

Fellow 2018/2019

Jeanne van Heeswijk

Jeanne van Heeswijk is an artist who facilitates the creation of dynamic and diversified public spaces in order to “radicalize the local.” Her long-scale community-embedded projects question art’s autonomy by combining performative actions, discussions, and other forms of organizing and pedagogy in order to assist communities to take control of their futures. Her work has been featured in numerous books and publications worldwide, as well as internationally renowned biennials such as Liverpool, Shanghai, and Venice. She was the 2014–2015 Keith Haring Fellow in Art and Activism at Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY; received the Curry Stone Prize for Social Design Pioneers, 2012; and the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change, 2011.

Fellowship Research Trajectory

Artist Jeanne van Heeswijk’s research Training for the “Not Yet” develops a curriculum of community learnings through theoretical frameworks, performative workshops, creating “learning objects,” and developing test sites to enact trainings for the “not yet.”

How to collectively shape the places we live and engage in deep cultural exchanges among different communities? How to influence the processes of design, regulations, policy making, and take responsibility? These are political questions of how people live in the city. How to construct something according to desires whilst transcending the individual and attaining the collective needs? To do this requires open, conflicting, and radically inclusive processes, learning from multiple methodologies that amplify and connect the various ways in which communities practice acts of resistance and create alternative forms of participation and negotiation in response to the political, social, economic, and emotional conditions of the city. By bringing collective exercises together, it is possible to build the foundation for a preparatory training program for entering into new relationality with one another, to become accountable to caring, and to engage in different forms of solidarity.

March BAK 2018/2019 Fellows Intensive with activists, artists, and theorists in Barcelona

BAK 2018/2019 Fellows Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh and Jeanne van Heeswijk co-convened the March Fellows Intensive with critic, writer, and curator Ethel Baraona Pohl in Barcelona. The Intensive focused on, among other things, collective practices and facilitation, housing movements, artistic action, and neighborhood initiatives. The Fellows had the privilege of getting to speak in depth with members of La Borda, Calàbria 66, Can Batlló, La Ciutat Invisible, La Col, Coòpolis, De Veí a Veí, Espai en Blanc and Marina Garcés, Fil a l’agulla, La Lleialtat Santsenca, and La PAH.

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