Residency + Research
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.
Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė
Michela de Mattei
Writer and Curator
Curator and Writer
Artist, Curator and Writer
Michael John Whelan
Artists, curators, coordinators
Artist, writer, curator
Balqis Al Rashed
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).
Landscape Architect and Urban Planner
Curator, Writer and Educator
Founding Executive and Artistic Director of The Mistake Room (TMR)
Member of Raqs Media Collective
Writer and Editor
Uzma Z. Rizvi
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Urban Studies at the Pratt Institute
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.