Pāvilosta Residency is an international interdisciplinary place of residence for creative people that provides artists-in-residence and other creative professionals with time, space and other resources for research, experimenting and professional development. The Residency is willing to promote the emergence of various new, world-exploring and reflective art forms, bringing together specialists from various fields for development of intercultural cooperation, interdisciplinary knowledge and promotion of location-related artistic research.
You can find out more about the mission of the residency on PAiR homepage.
Socioeconomic and geopolitical challenges, as well as ecological and humanitarian problems, raise increasingly more questions about the sustainability of humankind. Is science the only tool that helps us understand the existence of the world? Or maybe it is art? It seems that the possible solution can be found in the interaction – when ideas of different fields meet and when new tools for exploring the world are synthesised from them. Besides, not only in the interaction between the representatives of the human species, but by connecting with the rest of living nature – the planet’s biosphere, one of the participants of which are also human beings.
PAiR Residency cycle 1. Nature and man
The first cycle of the residency in the Spring and Summer of 2021 will be dedicated to the nature phenomenon of the surroundings of Pāvilosta and the question – how can art develop from philosophy, and philosophy – from art, while at the same time adhering closely to the processes of plants, territory and life? The separation of human beings from this natural environment has been the beginning of the fulfilment of the metaphysical dream of philosophy, since as far back as Plato’s time. Plants constantly create and reproduce themselves, in spring they grow anew and are thus associated with the performative or artistic function.
Linda Boļšakova* has been selected as the first artist of the residency. Linda is a visual artist, whose practice includes installation, performance, photography and writing. The artist is interested in questioning people’s relationship with nature as a result of in-depth research, as well as creating parallels between the human body and the bodies of plants. The goal of Linda’s practice is to demonstrate this connection and to develop a stronger sense of belonging to a common ecosystem. The artist’s practice is based on collaboration with philosophers, researchers, biologists, composers to create research-based, interdisciplinary projects. Thus Linda’s practice corresponds to the interdisciplinary model of PAiR Residency. Along with the call of the first residents we would like to try to find the answer to the question of how it would be possible to bring into art practice and our model of residency, a transition from individualism and the superiority of humans to an inclusive and conscious model, in which human beings are a part of the entire ecosystem. How can we transform from a consuming and cultivating model to caregivers serving the needs of nature? We want to explore the diversity of flora and fauna in this city and region, to identify its community and history, and to think of an end result of artistic research that respects all these values.
PAiR is located on the shore of the Baltic Sea in Pāvilosta. The 500 km long coast has played a significant role in the geography, politics and culture of Latvia and has influenced both local occupations and culture. PAiR is situated on the edge of the Grey Dune nature reserve that covers 42 hectares of land and was established to protect the Latvia’s widest dune.
The residency is located in a historical wooden house, built in 1901, and completely renovated and refurbished in 2021.
PAiR residency will offer rooms and resources for artists, writers, researchers and other creative professionals in various fields for experimentation, research and professional development. It houses four individual rooms for residence, two studios for creative work, a library with several open workplaces, an art gallery, and a weaving studio, where the local weavers of Pāvilosta will work. Each individual room of the residents is equipped with amenities, and there is a shared kitchen and separate dining room with a common table.
The residency will feature artworks from the collection of VV Foundation.
The artwork of Katja Novitskova will be on public display on the north facade of the building.
Application and Processing of Applications
Once the PAiR residency is open, there will be several open calls each year – one of the places in the residency is reserved for a resident of Latvia, while the other three are intended for individual professional artists, writers, translators, curators and critics of all disciplines and all nationalities for the purpose of realizing a project proposal presented in advance.
Applications will be processed by the team of the VV Foundation in collaboration with experts in the field or sub-discipline under which the application has been submitted.
PAiR* Pilot Project
In Spring 2019 an Open Call was announced, within which VV Foundation received 70 applications from both local and international representatives of the creative industries. A total of 14 representatives of the creative industries were selected, who were provided with the opportunity to reside at PAiR residency in Pāvilosta in July, 2019. Project’s aim was to gather experience for building a fully equipped multidisciplinary residency at the site in the future.
Representatives of diverse creative industries participated in the residency project – artists, musicians, writers, playwrights, curators and others. During the particular period two different representatives of the creative fields resided in Pāvilosta, providing the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary forms of future cooperation. Several residents or representatives of resident groups have now developed creative collaboration, demonstrating that the introduction of an interdisciplinary residency model can become an important factor in promoting a culture of interdisciplinarity.
In Summer 2020 internationally acknowledged artist Edith Dekyndt became the resident at PAiR, where she worked on an installation “Visitation Zone” – a series of glass vitrines from Riga Zoo filled with fermented products of the Baltic pickling tradition, complemented by an occasional performance where a specific section of the exhibition space floor is carefully swept clean – created specially for Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art.
The residency programme is supported by: