Maramureș Residency

The residenciy in Maramureș, Săcel, focus specifically on the creation of art through traditional weaving, embroidery and tapestry as an artistic expression in terms of environmentally sustainable artistic practices and creating a link between local traditions and contemporary artistic practices through textile artworks. Through these residencies, artists will have the opportunity to learn traditional techniques from local craftsmen in weaving, sewing and dyeing textiles and use them to create contemporary artworks, thus contributing to their conservation and the protection of local intangible heritage and promoting more environmentally friendly practices.

Tanja Boukal


Humans are the focus of my work – their interactions with the environment and society, and their responses to challenging situations. Rather than focusing on the details of their faces or bodies, my interest lies in understanding their abilities when faced with unique life circumstances. I delve into their methods of problem solving, their determination to achieve goals, and their pursuit of finding happiness. At the core of my artistic journey is a commitment to human dignity that seamlessly integrates ethical considerations into my work.

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Yana Bachynska aka Jan Bačynsjkyj 

Yana Bachynska aka Jan Bačynsjkyj (born 1991 in Lviv) is a Ukrainian visual artist, curator, and film director whose practice focuses on queering grand narratives. He uses the method of induction, which means going from individual experience to reach the collective one, trying to achieve wholeness within contradictions. He is the co-founder of Queer.War.Archive (2024) and Art Platform (2013) through which he was actively involved in inhibiting the processes of gentrification by creating a non-governmental cultural center.

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Željko Beljan

Željko Beljan (Croatia, Zagreb) graduated from the Department of Animated Film and New Media at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts in 2021. Delving into the phenomenon of handicraft and its role in contemporary art practices, he explores textile and craftwork techniques as artistic media. Beljan also researches the connections between manual labor and amateur or hobbyist sports while encouraging audience participation in artwork creation. He was a finalist of the Radoslav Putar Award in 2023 and a WHW Akademija alumnus of 2022. 

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Anetta Mona Chișa

Anetta Mona Chisa (1975) lives and works in Prague. Between 1994 and 2000 she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. In 2006, together with Lucia Tkáčová she was awarded the Oskár Čepan Prize, and in 2011 she exhibited at the 54th Venice Biennale in the exhibition Performing History (with Lucia Tkacova and Ion Grigorescu). Anetta Mona Chisa’s artistic practice often takes place in the form of collaborative exhibitions and installations, and she is particularly concerned with discontinuities and transformation of the East European socio-political context.

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Shadhin Kamruzzaman

Kamruzzaman Shadhin (b. 1974) is based in Dhaka and Thakurgaon, Bangladesh, Kamruzzaman Shadhin’s participatory practice incorporates installation, performance, video, and public art interventions exploring themes of migration, environment, and history. Shadhin’s work is shaped by his interactions with the people and communities he collaborates with, as well as his research of the materials he uses in his process.

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Artists for Artists Residency Network (AFAR) is an EU co-funded project and residency program, aiming to improve the mobility of contemporary visual artists and curators in Romania, Germany, Croatia, and Austria. The project is led by the Romanian Association for Contemporary Art (ARAC) with its three consortium partners – Goethe Institute Network, Croatian Association of Fine Artists, and Künstlerhaus Vienna.

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