RESIDENCY
AIMS

South Africa’s traumatic social history, its remarkable transformation and its diversity of culture and landscape, is a crucible for creative engagement. NIROX offers residency to international and local artists, providing insight and access to the region’s extraordinary cultural and environmental heritage. Conversely, artists bring their spotlight into the region. The program has no predilection for style or dogma, emphasizing work that is relevant, challenging and uplifting.

FACILITIES

Principal Residence: Large two-bedroom house with 100 sq meter double volume studio and office, lounge, dining area and entertainment facilities.

Cottage: Comfortable two bedroom self-contained cottage with 40 sq meter adjoining studio.

Sculpture workshop: An 80 sq meter workshop adjoining the principal residence.

Coolroom Studio: A 170 sq metre independent garden studio with screening room.

Services: Fully staffed, full board accommodation with internet connection and all modern conveniences.

Khatlhampi Private Reserve: Resident artists have access to the Reserve with qualified game rangers and, if they require, arrangements can be made for assistance from palaeontologists, geoscientists and speleologists who are able to give a deep insight into the unique surroundings.

Cradle of Humankind: Access to palaeontology and archaeology: Within 47,000 hectares of protected UNESCO approved Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. World renowned Sterkfontein Caves, Malapa and many other significant active hominid working sites.

LOGISTICS

NIROX provides free full board, fully serviced accommodation and studio facilities. Managerial and curatorial staff assist artists to fulfill their residency objectives.

Artists are required to provide their own international and local travel & production costs. The foundation will assist in efforts to obtain sponsorship from country culture desks & other interested institutions.

NIROX is 45 min from central Johannesburg and Tswane; 60 min from OR Tambo Airport; and 20 min from Lanseria Airport.

CURRENT AND UPCOMING ARTISTS
Realness Screenwriting Residency 2017

ABOUT

Urucu Media, under the mentorship of Berlinale Talents, in partnership with Nirox Foundation, Durban Filmmart, The Durban International Film Festival, Durban Talents, Ten10 Films, The French Institute of South Africa and Institute Français’s Cinémas du Monde, Torino Film Lab, EAVE Producer’s Workshop, Midpoint Feature Launch and Locarno Filmmaker’s Academy proudly presents REALNESS, a screenwriters residency for a new generation of African cinema.

REALNESS is a pioneering residency initiative that affords five emerging African writer/directors the opportunity to cultivate their screenplays in a supportive and nurturing space. Its aim is to not only nurture and train five filmmakers per year but to foster a New Wave of Authentic African Cinema. It is a year round support system to the alumni, helping them to bring their scripts from the page to the screen.

For 6 weeks, the residents work from the beautiful home and gardens of the Nirox Foundation in the Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg. The programme culminates with participation at the Durban Film Mart where the residents are able to publicly present their projects and take one-to-one meetings. They then have a further 6 weeks to complete their drafts from home, whereafter they are submitted to our partners for awards consideration.

Each project is eligible for scholarships to attend Locarno Filmmakers Academy, Torino Film Lab Meeting Event, EAVE Producer’s Workshop, Midpoint Feature Launch and La Fabrique des Cinemas du Monde in Cannes.

Meet the Realness 2017 Residents Here

RECENT PAST RESIDENT ARTISTS
Todd Gray | 6th May to 2nd June 2017

Residency

The seeds for the ideas I planned to pursue at Nirox were planted in Italy, at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency I attended in 2016. The perfectly maintained 16th century gardens on the villa property I photographed represented the values, aesthetics and desires of a western colonial power. Making photographs of the natural habitat in the Cradle of Humankind at Nirox would be a significant contrast and counter point — especially so when combining the images I took of Michael Jackson, the most recognized man of African dissent, while working for him in the 80’s.

 

The impact of my residency in Nirox was nothing short of profound. While there I read a book by Francis Nyamnjoh, “Drinking From the Cosmic Gourd: How Amos Tutuola Can Change Our Minds” about Nigerian writer Amos Tutuola and his seminal work “My Life in the Bush With Ghosts”.  I opened up and cultivated previously untapped streams of creative energy, responding to the land and art works in the sculpture park, as well as considering my own connection to the continent as an African American. I started to draw. Drawing became a new way to investigate meaning making and finding alternate creative pathways (apart from Cartesian logic) that did not all start and end with synapses firing in the brain.  At Nirox I started vibrating and harmonizing with the ancestors.

 

http://www.toddgrayart.com/

Cool Couple | 4th Apri to 2 May 2017

BIO

The Cool Couple (often shortened TCC) is an artist duo based in Milan, Italy, and established in late 2012 by Niccolò Benetton (1986) and Simone Santilli (1987). Their research focuses on the friction points that generate daily in the relationship between people and images. The idea of images as active hubs in a network, combined with a strong planning attitude, result in the use of several forms of expression, ranging from fine art photography to electrostatic wipes, from meditation rooms to Chinese cover-bands. TCC’s work has been exhibited internationally at institutions such as: Center for Contemporary Strozzina (Florence), Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice), Unseen Festival (Amsterdam), Centquatre (Paris), Les Rencontres des Arles Festival and MACRO Museum (Rome). Among the prizes they won are Francesco Fabbri Award for Contemporary Photography, Fondazione Bevilacqua scholarship, Graziadei Prize, Euromobil Under 30 Prize. They have been selected for Plat(t)form Program at Fotomuseum Winterthur and shortlisted for the Discovery Award at Les Rencontres des Arles festival. The Cool Couple have been lecturers at: NABA (Milan), IUAV University (Venice), AplusA gallery (Venice), University of South Wales (Newport), IED Turin. They are founders of trendsetting cover band Rui & the Rainbow Dragons, members of POIUYT, a platform for image-based research, and among the editorial team of Genda Magazine. SELECTED EXHIBITIONS Solo exhibitions 2015 Premio Graziadei, Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, MACRO, Rome, Italy; Discovery Award, Les Rencontres des Arles, Arles, France. Group exhibitions (selection) 2017 ANTOLOGIA, METRONOM, Modena, Italy; Short Circuit #03, OK Corral, Copenhagen, Denmark; Dadaclub.online: the exhibition, Spazio Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy; POIUYT. Punto Zero. Critical practices in Italian contemporary photography, MLZ Art Dep, Trieste, Italy; Short Circuit #02, Palazzo Malipiero, Venice, Italy; 2016 Sublimina, Museo delle Mura, Rome, Italy; Premio Graziadei, FOTOGRAFIA. Festival Internazionale di Roma, MACRO, Rome, Italy; Short Circuit #01, Stryx, Birmingham, Great Britain; Good night, and good luck, A plus A gallery, Venice, Italy; On new Italian Photography, Viasaterna, Milan, Italy; TOAST, Atelier Salzamt, Linz, Austria; La disfatta dell’immagine, TRA Treviso Ricerca Arte, Treviso, Italy. 2015 I borsisti della 98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice, Italy; Chaotic Passion, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genova, Italy; Unseen festival, Barber, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Progetto Nord-Est, F4 Un’idea di fotografia, Treviso, Italy; 6PM Your Local Time, Link Art Center, Brescia, Italy; Fotopub festival, Novo Mesto, Slovenia; ArTS, Piazza dell’arte pubblica, Trieste, Italy; Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market in Venice, A plus A Gallery, Venice, Italy; Italia Happening, Salon für Kunstbuch, Wien, Austria; Circulation(s), festival de la jeune photographie européenne, Centquatre, Paris, France. 2014 Urban Symphonies, Careof, Milan, Italy; 98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy; Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary photography, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo (TV), Italy; Kassel Photobook Dummy Award, Athens, Cologne,Dublin, Madrid, Milan, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Derby; DIY 2.0, A photographic Issue, Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium; Leading personality disease, MLZ Art Dep, Trieste, Italy; Twist in the tail, METRONOM, Modena, Italy. 2013 Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary art, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo(TV), Italy; Unstable territory. Borders and identity in contemporary art, CCC Strozzina, Florence, Italy. SCREENINGS 2017 The Third Chimpanzee, Vajont 2014, Biennale del cortometraggio di Vicenza, Vicenza, Italy; 2015 The Third Chimpanzee, Treviso 2012, Washing by Watching, Jefferson Laundry, Lecce, Italy; The Third Chimpanzee, Treviso 2012, FIF, International Belo Horizonte Photography Festival, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 2014 The Third Chimpanzee, Treviso 2012, CulT – Salone della Cultura, Venice, Italy; The Fuffy Wipe Case, episode II. Chemtrails (homage to Beck), CulT – Salone della Cultura, Venice, Italy; The Third Chimpanzee, Bari 2014, MIC, Milan, Italy; The Fuffy Wipe Case, episode II. Chemtrails (homage to Beck), TRA Treviso Ricerca Arte, Treviso, Italy. GRANTS AND AWARDS 2017 Winner, Euromobil Under 30 Prize, Artefiera, Bologna, Italy; 2016 Selected Artist, Level 0, Museo del ‘900, Milan, Italy; Nctm e l’arte, scholarship, Milan, Italy; Shortlist, Artevisione prize, CareOf, Sky Arte, Milan, Italy; 2015 Shortlist, Premio Icona, Artverona, Verona, Italy; First prize, Premio Graziadei, Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Rome, Italy; Nomination, Discovery Award, Les Rencontres des Arles, Arles, France; 2014 First prize, 98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy; First prize, Premio Francesco Fabbri per le arti contemporanee, contemporary photography section, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo (TV), Italy; Shortlist, Kassel Dummy Award, Kassel, Germany; 2013 Shortlist, Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary art, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo (TV), Italy; RESIDENCIES AND STUDY PROGRAMMES 2017 Artist in residence program, Nirox Foundation, Nirox Park, Johannesburg, South Africa; 2016 Artist in residence program, Careof, Milan, Italy; 2015 Artist in residence program, workshop with artist Lara Favaretto, Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte, Banna, Turin, Italy; Plat(t)form program, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland; 2014 Artist in residence program, Urban Symphonies, Exposed Project, DOCVA, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy; PUBLICATIONS Monographs The Fuffy Wipe Case I. A handful of dust, self published, 2013. Book Publications Generazione Critica #2, Danilo Montanari Editore, Ravenna, Italy, April 2015; Catalogues Dadaclub.online: the exhibition, LINK Art Center, Brescia, March 2017; Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Quodlibet, Roma, October 2016; Sublimina, LUISS, Rome, October 2016; La disfatta dell’immagine, TRA, Treviso, March 2016; VX30 Chaotic Passion, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa, April 2016; I Borsisti della 98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, January 2016; Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Quodlibet, Roma, October 2015; Fotopub, Fotopub festival, Slovenia, september 2015; Les Rencontres des Arles, Les Rencontres des Arles, Arles, France, July 2015; Away, Archive Books, Berlin, Germany, April 2015; 6PM Your Local Time, Link Art Center, Brescia, Italy, Italy, July 2015; Circulation(s), Festival de la jeune Photographie Européenne, Fetart, Paris, France, January 2015; 98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy, December 2014; Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary photography, Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, Treviso, Italy, November 2014; Leading personality disease, Campanotto editore, Trieste, Italy, May 2014; Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary art, Fondazione Fabbri, Treviso, Italy, November 2013; Unstable territory. Borders and identity in contemporary art, Mandragora, Florence, Italy, October 2013; Combat Prize, Sillabe, Livorno, Italy, September 2013. COLLECTIONS Les Rencontres des Arles, Euromobil, Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, Studio Legale Graziadei, Collezione Campiani.

ARTIST WORKS AND ACTIVITIES

Artists have no fixed work imperative but are required to leave an artwork for the Foundation’s collection; and participate in building the archival records of the residency

Artists are exposed to, and are encouraged to exchange ideas with, local artists, scientists, institutions and communities. Collaboration and establishing mutual networks, is encouraged.

NIROX’s reach into local life provides meaningful contact across all cultures and stimulates engagement with museums, galleries, institutions and academia.

PREVIOUS ARTISTS

Jake Aikman
Sophia Ainslie
Akindiya Akirash
Zuleikha Allana
Anna Nordquist Anderson
Beth Diane Armstrong
Steve Bandoma
Valerio Berruti
Atul Bhalla
Peter Bialobreski
Caroline Bittermann
Michael Blake
Sean Blem
Dineo Bopape
Willem Boshoff
Eric Bourret
Franki Burger
Carla Busuttil
Mira Calix
Mia Chaplin
Clifford Charles
Rebecca Chesney
Mat Chivers
Zuleika Chaudhari
Priyanka Chaudhary
Marco Cianfanelli
Alain Clement
Hannelie Coetzee
Steven Cohen
Ruann Coleman
Christian Courreges
Ingrid de Kok
Katharien de Villiers

Thomas Demand
Godfried Donkor
Antoine Donzeaud

Auke de Vries
Barend de Wet
Tatjana Doll
Chris Drury
Marlene Dumas
Michel Duport
Paul du Toit
Alinka Echeveria
Victor Ehikhamenor

COLLABORATION

NIROX collaborates with local museums, galleries and academic institutions. It has good working relations with leading local curators. It augments the commercial arts community, without competing and without favor. It is intimate with the local arts media and has good knowledge of the local market.

NIROX CHEFS

NIROX collaborates with local museums, galleries and academic institutions. It has good working relations with leading local curators. It augments the commercial arts community, without competing and without favor. It is intimate with the local arts media and has good knowledge of the local market.