When 22 Mar 2013 - 25 May 2013
Where School 33 Art Center
1427 Light St
Baltimore, MD 21230
United States
Enquiry (443) 263-4350

Kit Yi Wong, It Take Hundreds of Rebirths to Bring two People to Ride in the Same Boat, video installation, 2013. Rod steel, vinyl, stools, paper box, LEDs, monitor. Courtesy the artist

Residency Dates: January 23 – March 23 2013
Exhibition Dates: March 22 – May 25 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, March 22, 6-9pm
Open Studio: Saturday, March 2, 12-4pm

Press Release:

Although each individual has a unique perspective and interpretation of what ‘home’ means to them, the concept of ‘Home’ is universal and the foundation of our social relationships. EXCHANGE: a home-based artist residency explores the potential for forming intimate and more personal connections between artists and community members. It will do so by transforming the home into a fertile platform of new experience, cross-cultural dialogue, social integration, education, and art.

EXCHANGE is a two-month long project placing emerging international artists with local families in Baltimore. The two participating artists have been chosen from different cultural backgrounds and countries. Kit Yi Wong is originally from Hong Kong, China and Elisa Garcia de La Huerta is from Chile. Two host families have been carefully chosen to accommodate the artists during their stay. While the artists and the host families live together, they share meals, aspects of their daily lives, and their respective worldviews. The artists share a studio space at School 33 Art Center and create new work inspired by their experience with the host families and the city of Baltimore.

Often socially engaging art struggles to achieve sustainability and the gap between the art world and the community at large persists after the project is completed. EXCHANGE confronts this issue directly by taking art and artists into the very foundation of a society, the home. This project pioneers new ways of fostering a sense of interconnectedness through the art, supporting emerging artists, and integrating contemporary art into everyday life.

Kit Yi Wong is a New York-based artist born in Hong Kong. She graduated from the MFA program at Yale University and moved to New York last year. Her solo projects include lā pí tiáo, Woofer Ten, HK (2010). Her group projects include now what, Microscope Gallery, NY (2013); DysTorpia Media Project, Queens Museum of Art/ Local Project, NY (2012). She has been awarded the Susan H. Whedon Award (2012), Cheung’s Creative Award in Hong Kong (2006), and was a Sovereign Asian Art Prize finalist (2005).

Elisa Garcia de la Huerta was born in Santiago, Chile. She received a BFA Universidad Finis Terrae, Chile in 2006. She lived in London, UK in 2007. She received her MFA at the School of Visual Arts(SVA) in 2011. She currently lives in New York City where she develops her interdisciplinary art practice independently and as a member of the feminist art performance collective The Push Pops.

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