We partnered with Villa Romana for algerian artists Sofiane Zouggar residency in Florence (February-March 2013) and Atef Berrendjem’s ‘Pas de deux’ residency in Florence with curator Nora Razian (August 2013).
Villa Romana is a place of contemporary artistic production and of international exchange. Only ten minutes away from the city centre of Florence, it combines the peacefulness of a neoclassical villa within a large garden property with the urban reality of a city.
Since 1905, the core function of the Villa Romana has been the Villa Romana Prize. Each year it is awarded to four outstanding German-based international artists and is combined with a stipend and a ten-month stay in Florence.
Through exhibitions and a broad range of events Villa Romana interacts with producers and the public, placing itself on the international artistic scene and promoting communication with the cultures of the Mediterranean area.
Additional international guest artists broaden the spectrum of conditions for artistic production and enrich internal and external discourse. The Villa Romana is a productive place both in its internal structure, i.e. in its friendly communication between the temporary residents, and in its public projects. Competencies, cultural differences and personal backgrounds are connected with each other in cooperation with the local environment (museums, art academies, universities and partners in other artistic disciplines).
With its rich art-historical and intellectual stock as well as its current status as an international campus and destination for mass tourism and migration, the city of Florence constitutes the local matrix for the Villa Romana’s activities.