From left to right: Callum Innes (the mentor), Annabel Duggleby, Zuza Golińska, Katja Larsson and Nicola Rossini (the artists in residence).
The 2017 Artists’ Development Programme (ADP) laureates presented the works produced during their five-week residency in Luxembourg in the course of a series of events organised at the EIB premises on 4 October, targeting respectively: EIB staff; museum directors and high-ranking diplomats in Luxembourg; collectors and the commercial world.
The four beneficiaries of the ADP spent the month of September producing their work at Abbaye de Neumünster, and participated in a mid-residency mentoring session with Callum Innes, having previously visited him in his Edinburgh studio. The four bodies of work produced during the residency will be on show at the EIB premises until mid-November.
Nicola Rossini (Italy) and Zuza Golińska (Poland) were the the winners of the geographic call for applications. Nicola Rossini presented two sculptures, Muschio and Quando il Ferro Rompe la Direzione, and a work on paper, Il fiume dipinge se stesso lavandomi dalla terra rossa, seeking to depict the tension between nature and development in the context of Luxembourg’s iron mining past. Zuza Golinska was the author of the installation Viruses are not to Blame, consisting of a series of photographs and a clip of a performance enacted by a staff member and directed by the artist at the EIB premises. The installation, very much rooted in the context of the EIB premises, explores the social structure of the bank, as seen through the artist’s eyes.
Annabel Duggleby (United Kingdom), the winner of the call for applications on “Beyond Borders – Frontiers, Displacement and Dispersion in Art”, produced the video work The Folly, recording images and impressions of Luxembourg, seen by her as a place where borders between realities, cultures and language merge. She complemented this artwork with another video work, three photographs and a sound installation, installed in the EIB’s elevator shafts.
Katja Larsson (Sweden) created an installation responding to the creative brief “The Imprint of Man – Representing the Anthropocene.” The piece Poem for investment bank, consists of two sculptures and a natural element, investigating the blurred line between nature and industry in the Anthropocene age.
The ADP offers emerging European visual artists (under the age of 35) a residency in Luxembourg mentored by an internationally renowned European artist, enabling them to develop their artistic talents without any material constraint. The ADP was launched in 2013. The programme has two angles, geographic and thematic. Each year the geographic programme shifts its focus within the EU, but consistently seeks artists from countries that are under-represented in internationally recognised European art spheres. The second (thematic) angle addresses two EIB strategic priorities – sustainable development and climate action – and current topical issues in Europe.