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Residency + Research

The sun-drenched studio spaces at Alserkal Avenue — based in the Foundation’s headquarters and designed by the UAE architectural collective ‘a hypothetical office’— host three residency cycles per year. The residency is research-led, focusing on generating discursive exchange and allowing local engagement with artistic and scholarly research and practice. Working closely with residents, we design each cycle based on shared interest, affinities and research goals, conceiving of the residency as an introduction to the region with the potential for longer-term engagement. Participants contribute to our community by developing and hosting programming accessible to wider publics. Residencies are open to researchers, writers, and artists, and are not limited to visual production. We welcome researchers from all fields of academic or practice-led enquiry with an interest in knowledge production and interdisciplinary collaboration.


Wilf Speller
Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė
Artist Duo
Liao Fei
Heaven Baek
Vitalij Strigunkov
Michela de Mattei
Mahan Moalemi
Writer and Curator
Željka Blakšić
Lama Altakruri
Yaminay Chaudhri
Mona Ayyash
Civil Architecture
Ali El-Darsa
Suzy Halajian
Curator and Writer
Mandy Merzaban
Artist, Curator and Writer
Laura Metzler
Kosmas Nikolaou
Franziska Pierwoss
Jaret Vadera
Michael John Whelan
Artists, curators, coordinators
Aarti Sunder
Artist, writer, curator
Balqis Al Rashed
Sashikanth Thavudoz
Artist duo

Wilf Speller

Wilf Speller (1991) is a visual artist and filmmaker, born and based in London, United Kingdom. Wilf’s work emerges from a research and writing practice that reflects on future imaginaries and their representation. Of late, their work primarily focuses on the ideological and aesthetic dogmas that shape the spatial politics of late capitalism and the anthropocene. Wilf is a 2020 graduate of the Dutch Art Institute (DAI). They have exhibited internationally in both festivals and galleries including Broad Art Museum MSU, Michigan, USA (2018); IMPAKT Festival, Utrecht, Netherlands (2018); the Moscow International Biennale for Young Art (2016); HMKV, Dortmund, Germany (2016); and The Photographer's Gallery, London, UK (2015).

Selection committee:

Pierre Bélanger
Landscape Architect and Urban Planner
iLiana Fokanaki
Curator, Writer and Educator
César García-Alvarez
Founding Executive and Artistic Director of The Mistake Room (TMR)
Raja‘a Khalid
Monica Narula
Member of Raqs Media Collective
Filipa Ramos
Writer and Editor
Uzma Z. Rizvi
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies at the Pratt Institute

Pierre Bélanger

Pierre Bélanger (b 1971, Boston, USA) is a landscape architect, urban planner, author, and curator. He is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He is also a co-director of OPSYS, design-based, non-profit organization and works as an advisor to the US Army Corps of Engineers. He has a PhD in Urban Planning from the Wageningen University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard. He has published several books including Landscape as Infrastructure, Ecologies of Power, Going Live, Risk Ecologies, Wet Matter, Extraction Empire.

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