Residency Program 2023 – Open Call

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No Lugar – 2023 Artist Residency Open Call

No Lugar opens the call for its artistic residency during the 2023 period. The call opens under the modality of artistic production, research and curatorial practices.

No Lugar’s residency program is an instance of investigation, reflection and production of contemporary art, where artist, researchers and curators from Latin America and the world come together to live and work for a minimum period of 3 weeks and a maximum of 2 months in the city of Quito or for a period of 11 days in the Amazon.

In the residency, artists, researchers and curators have the opportunity to participate in an intensive process of research, creation, production and reflection, which at the end will be shown to the public as: Open Studio for production and curatorial residencies or a talk for the research projects.


Production residencies: This residency is aimed at artists whose practice is linked to contemporary artistic production, and invites them to produce a project that each resident proposes prior to their stay, understanding the act of inhabiting the territory as a possibility of reflection in relation to their own practice.

Residencies for researchers and curators: For curators, critics, theorists, historians and researchers of contemporary art who come to carry out their own curatorship or research that includes Ecuadorian artists or interrelates the local scene with the global one.

The No Lugar residency is focused on those who want to: Carry out independent research/production. Develop theses in progress, essays or publications related to contemporary art. Create a new body of work or explore and experiment with new means of production.

The residency aims to develop proposals that relates to: The city, its variables and chharacteristics. Latin American Critical and Radical Thought. Latin American Diaspora. The Global South. Diacritic to Capitalize, Ecocriticism and Regeneration. Body and Gender. Center, Periphery and Community. Art and Technology. Hypertext and Metaverse. Blockchain and NFTs. Decoloniality, Postcoloniality and Anticoloniality. Indigenous Ancestral Knowledge or Precolonial Thought. Land Art. Generative Art. Cultural and Visual Studies. Afro-descendants. Territory, Migration and Coloniality. Human rights. Algorithm decoding. Metaphysics and the Intangible Ancestral. History, Memory and Historiography. Art and Neuroscience. Endurance. Art and Spirituality. Technocolonialism, Smartphones, Social Networks and the Era Without Sense. Magical Thought. Socially Committed Art. Memew. Fiction.

About the residency in Quito

The city is a concrete, symbolic and political space, a stage for contemporary art. We understand the possibility of inhabiting and transiting this space as a critical exercise that stimulates the capacity for reflection in contemporary artistic practices.

No Lugar’s Residency Program is configured as a space for residents who visit Quito to develop research and production processes. This processes will be accompanied by activities such as touring the city, observing and understanding local urban dynamics, conducting field research, and generating contact with local cultural agents establishing exchange spaces.

Within the framework of the Program, artists, researchers, and curators will have the opportunity to participate in an intensive process of research, creation, production, and reflection, which will ultimately be shown to the public. This means, for example, setting up and taking down small ephemeral “exhibitions”, as part of the rehearsal process, portfolio presentations, workshops, open studios, etc.

Image of No Lugar’s Residency in Quito

The residency in the Amazon

The Sapara people belong to one of the 14 nationalities recognized by the Ecuadorian Constitution and State, in 2000 UNESCO proclaimed their culture, knowledge and orality as Intangible Heritage of Humanity, however they are about to disappear, there are only 400 Sapara people in Ecuador and 200 in Peru, only 3 elderly people know their language. The struggle of the Sapara people is to keep alive their language and culture, based on lucid dreaming and the spirits of the rainforest.

This residency takes place in Sapara territory, in the community of Ripanu. It’s related to the processes of cultural revitalization and defense of the territory of the Sapara people against oil-dependency and natural resource extractivism. The residence proposes to generate a space for reflection through the act of inhabiting a natural space that is constantly threatened by contemporary extractivist practices.

The residency process will be documented to show the processes in Quito since, if applicable, the works that take place in the Sapara territory will remain with the community. The funds from this residence are destined for the well-being of the community and the Association of Sapara Women of Ecuador, Ashiñwaka.

Entrance to the Ripanu Community, Ecuadorian Amazon

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Terms and Conditions

Application deadline: March 31st, 2023


  • Quito: Maximum 5 people per month.
  • Amazon: Maximum 10 people. One edition per year.

Residency period:

  • Quito: April to June or September to November
  • Amazon: August

Residencies start on the 1º of every month.


  • Quito: USD$200 per person, per week, for a period of 3 weeks maximum.
  • Amazon: USD$1.800 per person, for 11 days in the community of Ripanu (Sapara Territory) + 4 days in Quito to start the residency and finishing with the Open Studio. Total: 15 days.


  • Quito: Accommodation in private or shared rooms. Wifi. Dining room. Private bathroom. Kitchen. Production space (workshop/studio). Accompaniment and curatorship of residency processes. Promotion and dissemination of residency processes. Face-to-face meetings in Quito and online with cultural agents: artists, curators, researchers, academics, cultural managers and other relevant agents within the scene. Public presentation of the processes such as the closing of the residency (open studio, discussion, etc.).
  • Amazon: Roundtrip travel by bus, plane and small boat (canoe) from Quito to Ripanu (Sapara Territory in the Amazon). Immersion in the Sapara culture. Single tent. All meals. Shared bathroom. Tours in the rainforest and the river. Guiding. Following, curatorship, promotion and circulation of residency processes. Space for land art production, in situ or site specific. Public presentation of the process in the community and in Quito. Souvenirs from Sapara people.

Not included:

  • Quito: Transportation costs to and from place of origin to Quito, Ecuador. Per diem, meals and materials.
  • Amazon: International transfer cost to and from Quito. Per diem. Meals in Quito. Materials, rain boots and water poncho.

INVITATION LETTERS will be issued for fund managing and permits.

Payment Methods: Western Union or MoneyGram

All the activities carried out within the framework of the residency are represented and managed by No Lugar – Arte Contemporaneo.

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