Making neighbourhood_4_Altered Alterities

New deadline: 17th July, 2016

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Results: August 1st, 2016

Open Call without restrictions of age and/or nationality

Open to all the disciplines

Residency from the 14th of November to the 22 of December 2016


Local artists will recive 500 €


Two full scholarships covering 100% of the cost of residence in Jiwar (with the value of 1.456 €).

One scholarship will preferably be given to a person living in an emerging country.

Meals and travel expenses are not included in the scholarship.

Send your application to


13256163_1134222523322990_5895503947346656197_n-1                                                      Fernando Bravo’s installation “Europe, the end of the journey?” Credits: Mireia Estrada



The project Making neighborhoods was born in 2013 thanks to the collaboration with the South African organization Africa Centre. At the time Jiwar hosted the South-African anthropologist and photographer Sydelle Willow Smith who was carrying out a project called Making neighborhoods, that turned into the name for Jiwar’s project. Since then, the project has benefited from the support of the “Barcelona Acció Intercultural” program run by the city of Barcelona.

With “Making neighborhood” Jiwar proposes a critical and creative reflection on the complex situation of living together in the city. This project analyzes the concept of neighborhood (the main theme of our project and source of inspiration), in order to reflect on an essential aspect of our contemporary world: the concept of mobility. This becomes a universal issue concerning the current firmness of established models. From the displacement of the tourist agencies to forced migrations or exiles, the multifaced aspects of mobility affect the feeling, the idea or the experience of homeland and self identity, bringing about repercussions for one’s self-perception, for “what and whom one could identify as” in a city.

Until today, three projects around the concept of neighborhood and homeland have been developed through an international open call, leading to a series of creative reflections on public space, migration, relations between the neighborhoods and civic identity.

The project has currently developed a personal structure that enables the creation of an inter-citizen fabric. Which allows citizens to approach the neighborhood from a collaborative and transversal perspective, showing that art can be used as a tool of knowledge and social dialogue.


Over the last three years (this will be the fourth), the “Making neighborhood” project has produced a series of works that have been exhibited in spaces with public attendance such as the headquarters of Gràcia district and the Casal de Barri Pou de la Figuera in Ciutat Vella. This is so that this work can reach different kinds of audiences. This year we will also exhibit the artworks in the setting up of an exhibition with curators, in order to highlight the deeper meaning of the project. The goal is to present the connections between the best works developed during the different editions and to showcase how they were conducted in an explicit and detailed way; a creative investigation about who we are and what we become in the communal space of the city.

The exhibition wishes to draw a path connecting the best proposals from the previous 3 edictions and the best ones raised during the 2016 season.


“Making neigbhourhood_1” (2013)

Article in Art 21

Article in The Postcolonialist

Video project:

“Making neighbourhood_2” (2014)

Video Wil Weldon about JIWAR’s garden:

“Making neighbourhood_3_Home” (2015)




Furthermore, we will organise a cycle of conferences which address the project’s main theme. The professionals invited will analyse the issues these works of art have sought to touch upon. In this way, the exhibition will create opportunities for debates among the professionals about the artworks from this and the three previous years. These debates will be carried on by the artists and the professionals invited.

It’s open to the public and the activity has no entry charge. (Not confirmed yet, debates will be programed in 2017).


In view of the 2016/17 season, artists from multiple disciplines are invited to present a project with the aim of investigating the main open call theme for 2016: “Altered Alterities”.


The Franco dictatorship i Spain marked its international opening, inviting people like Eva Peron to travel around the country, in order to praise the great qualities of the nation.

That was the period when tourism in Spain became a symbolic element for both tourists and citizens. For the tourists, Spain was an ideal summer location: cheap (the francoist government lowered the international cost of the peseta ), full of beaches with good weather, quiet and with beautiful landscapes to offer. For Spanish citizens, tourism symbolized breaking with tradition, and the possibility of looking at other realities. Despite that, tourism turned into an economic necessity that transformed the territory, the identity and the relationship with symbols representing this place.

Barcelona, one of the most popular European cities, receives 27 million tourists annually. The City Council has been forced to take certain measures to manage this tourism and its consequences, and to rethink how this affects citizens.


In view of the fourth edition of “Making neighborhood” Jiwar proposes as a main topic “Altered alterities”: mass tourism, immigration, refugees, immigrants from rich and developed countries, creating a new map of the relationships between people, with a consequent impact on the economy and on its symbolic value as a global standard.

Proposals should concern the issue “Altered alterities” in the city of Barcelona, and encourage the participation of neighborhoods, specific groups, associations, etc. The projects proposed should include the expected final result of the project for its presentation (even if it can be modified during the process.)


The artist will document the project. At the end of his stay he will present a report outlining the results obtained and he will describe the process on Jiwar’s blog.

A small-format exhibition will take place in a public space in the neighborhood. A second exhibition showing the best works from all the 4 different editions will take place in a mainstream exhibition space in 2017.



The artist has to present a digital format dossier with the following information:

-Statement (Maximum 1,000 characters without spaces)

– Proposal for the project (maximum 1,500 characters without spaces)

– Personal motivation for justifying the project (maximum 1,000 characters without spaces)

– Plan of action with development stage and approximate dates

– Technique Requirements and specific objectives of the project

– Max. 6 guidance images of predicted results

– Updated CV indicating the studies performed, professional activities, awards and or scholarships obtained

– 3 Previous works (for video formats provide a link)

– Personal information (name, address, email address, year of birth and place of residence).


The participants have to send the dossier according to the invitations’ rules to, including the subject “Making neighborhood 2016”.

After the 1st of August, the center will contact the artist by email and will ask for a face to face meeting or for a video call.

The center could also contact the participant in case of doubts about the project presented



– The entire dossier should not be more than 20 pages A4

– The Dossier must respect the order of presentation of the proposal Point 3

– The File size (in PDF) should not be larger than 6 MB


– Artists have to present themselves individually

– Only one proposal per artist

– Open for collaborations (groupwork)

– Ability to work with English and Spanish (and in the language of the group with which the resident intends to work)



– The Artist will be accompanied by a curator in its production process

– Support and counseling to the artist during the process of production, postproduction and exhibition

– A written text from the Curator

– Publication and digital publicity of the works

– Jiwar reserves the rights to publish or broadcast the results of work through the website and/or any other media that will be considered

– The three artists’ costs of production will be covered for a maximum of 300 € each


5 weeks

From 14 November to 22 December

Exhibition in Gràcia public space from the end of December 2016 to the mid of January 2017

Exhibition with the best works from the 4th editions in 2017 (not confirmed yet).

Debates (2017, not dates confirmed yet).


– The Artist promises to deliver a report (4000 characters including spaces) after the end of the residence (deadline January 15, 2017). It should evaluate the results obtained through the experience, as well as images of the final results of the project.

– The artist should inform the center responsible of any incident that affects the project, establishing an agreement between the participant and the responsible of the center in case of termination of the scholarship.

– The artist agrees to carry out the proposed project under the agreed deadlines

– In Case the participant makes changes from the initial proposal that affect the content of the project, he/her will need to formally inform the responsible of Jiwar

– The artist will publish the projects process on the blog “Making neighbourhood”.



The jury:

Thomas Strickland (curator edition 2015)

Daniel Gasol (curator edition 2016)

Mireia Estrada (director of Jiwar).


With the support of: