ADKDW Residency


In 2023, the ADKDW Residency will continue to bring international thinkers and artists to Cologne to join forces with the local actors and make visible the potential of an transcultural urban society. The aim is to give international artists and cultural workers the opportunity to get to know the Cologne region and its art and creative scene in depth, to conduct research and to find new impulses for their own work.

Artists-in-Residence 2023

In 2023, we are especially pleased to welcome artist and curator, as well as ADKDW member, MERV ESPINA from Manila, Philippines, for a residency in Cologne. Espina co-initiated the Kalampag Tracking Agency and Kamuning Public Radio in 2014. His artistic explorations result in installations and film screenings, seminars and magazines, music, choreographies and perfume productions. His art projects were featured in the 2015 Jakarta Biennale and the 2020 Yokohama Triennale.

In addition, at the suggestion of the Board of Academy Members, Haitian curator GISCARD BOUCHOTTE (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) has been invited to Cologne for this year. Bouchotte curated the first pavilion of the Republic of Haiti at the Biennale di Venezia in 2011. His recent projects include Périféériques, a traveling project exploring new artistic and social practices in peri-urban spaces (Benin, Senegal, Haiti), and Nuit blanche in Port-au-Prince, a plea for artists to engage in urban projects. In 2022, Bouchotte participated in the exhibition YOYI! Care, Repair, Heal at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin.

Research work on the subject of HIV/AIDS

Thanks to the support of the Kunststiftung NRW, AIMAR ARRIOLA, NANCY GARÍN, ANTOINE SILVESTRE, and, for the first time, LINDA VALDÉS are invited for a residency in Cologne. The artists and activists collective Anarchivo SIDA (AIDS Anarchive) can thus continue its collaboration with the ADKDW and its research work on living with HIV/AIDS in Cologne in the years 1989-1996. Anarchivo SIDA conducts research on living with HIV/AIDS in the context of geopolitical upheaval and is currently focusing specifically on the case study of Cologne at the time of the transition from the Bonn Republic to the Berlin Republic.

Participatory Residency Program (PRP)

Influenced by intersectional, decolonial, and power-critical approaches, the Participatory Residency Program explores new forms of collaboration and addresses queer persons of color. The goal is to enable marginalized local actors and communities to actively participate in ADKDW's programming over the long term.

The musician, producer and designer SHELLY QUEST is artist-in-residence in the Participatory Residency Program since January 2023. In collaboration with the Jugendwerkstatt Chorweiler of the Jugendfreizeitwerks Köln e.V. she will develop a participatory program for young people from the north of Cologne during the first half of 2023.

Starting in summer 2023, we are happy to welcome YVAN HERVÉ BUTERA (he/they) to Cologne. Yvan Hervé Butera, born in Rwanda, founded the Kaze Film Festival, the first queer film festival in his home country. In 2022, Yvan Hervé Butera also co-organized the first Kigali Pride celebration.

The Participatory Residency Program is realized with the kind support of the Landschaftsverband Rheinland (LVR) and the RheinEnergieStiftung Kultur.

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