Artel 2018

Open Call

5th January to 5th February, 2017

Accepting applications until

Extended deadline: 15th September, 2017

TIFA Working Studios invites applications for Artel 2018, an annual four-week residency of ten practitioners housed in an erstwhile Art Deco hotel in Pune, India. This open call is dedicated for, but not limited to, artists, artist collectives, writers, filmmakers, book-makers, game-designer, coders, performing artists, sound artists, architects, academics, photographers, cartographers, archivists, activists, researchers and other interdisciplinary practitioners to contextualize, challenge and further their practice during their time here.

  • The residency offers a production budget, per diems, food and shared accommodation.
  • Travel expenses are not covered by the residency.
  • Each participating artist is expected to contribute one artwork to the residency. 

During the residency each artist will participate in curatorial interventions, critique sessions, public presentations, open studios, guest lectures, field visits, collaborative happenings, among other events. The residency culminates with an Open Studio and a closing program on 3rd & 4th February, 2018.



“To participate in the Archive” invites to consider the Archive, as a narrative, a repository, a state-tool, a fact, a fiction, both as a site and trope for artistic inquiry and art production. Projects that are produced as research or interventions into existing archives, or make new collections that can be archived, will be considered. Artists looking at theorizing everyday through archives and the engagement of communities and sites ignored or excluded from conventional art/ archiving are encouraged to apply. We will address the questions around authorship, organization, access, intentions and socio-cultural roles of some public and personal archives in the historical present.

At this residency we look at the role of the artist as a participant, interventionist, collaborator, rather than a heroic individual. We will work towards production of art objects, while also question the fundamental social nature of their making. Intersectionality plays an important role in the content we produce; hence the artists are expected to be in tune with contemporary matters of the body, labor, the commons, democracy, and technology among other urban ecologies.

To frame this Open Call and Residency, TIFA has invited artist-curator Vidisha Saini who would also be in-residence with the practitioners to offer critique, interventions and a curatorial framework. Vidisha’s practice engages with artist processes (theory+ praxis+ ethics+ empathy), conceptual art and pedagogy, she is interested in the queering of hegemony.

Please upload the following documents in a single PDF to the application link below:

  • Project proposal/ Response to the call (300-500 words)
  • C.V.
  • Portfolio with 3-5 projects with descriptions and weblinks (Past 4 years)
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation