Yuri Avvakumov
Farzaneh Bahrami and Shaida Ghomashchi
Talmon Biran (Roy Talmon, Noa Biran)
Chuck Fishman
Assaf Zeev Gruber
Irad Ben Isaak
Jaroslav Kyša
L / B (Sabina Lang, Daniel Baumann)
Ronit Porat
Luca Pucci and Emanuele De Donno
Augustas Serapinas
Assaf K. Talmudi

The residential program is an inherent part of the project in by which a special commission headed by Etgar Keret will invite artists from around the world to visit Poland. Under the international residence program many artists’ lectures and conferences will take place. The participants of the program will have an opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the capital, will take part in the creation of artworks dedicated to Warsaw. The international residence program taking place in the heart of Warsaw’s Wola district will ensure amazing working conditions for art creation and will certainly become a world intellectual exchange platform.

Artist in Residence in Keret House

Void Spaces

We invite young artists acting in different fields of art to artistic residence in Keret House in Warsaw. The basic point of this year’s residence programme “Void Spaces” is the notion of void in the space that surrounds us.

The notion of void in space relates to the artistic installation project, but also to the city where Keret House is located. Rough historical experience led to the fact that Warsaw was practically built anew. A flood of war damage and post-war urban decisions resulted in splitting and smashing of the urban tissue by temporary and random building development. This process created torn places, chaotic empty spaces and wastelands. Incoherent, overlapping historical layers turned the city into an ambiguous and intriguing space.

The presence of void is bound up with the absence of human. Void can be the shortage, but also the excess. Intended void manifests itself in reduction and minimalism of forms. Architecture creates shapes by producing void, vacuum becomes an architectural element. The shape of a building is juxtaposed with empty space.

The development of space in which we live affects the sphere of our dreams. Do we want to fill the void or do we need it? Who should fill the empty space? Can void gain identity? How to interpret void spaces?

Stays at Keret House

An Artist-in-Residence programme for young creative individuals in selected disciplines, such as architecture, literature, visuals art, music or film.
– Duration: up to 21 days.
– Applications: only via
The residency has the character of an artist retreat. In 2013, an open international competition for young artists was announced.

The Jury, comprising Etgar Keret (project’s patron), Jakub Szczęsny (architect), Sarmen Beglarian and Sylwia Szymaniak (project’s curators, Polish Modern Art Foundation). Marcin Jasiński (the City of Warsaw’s Office of Culture), Krzysztof Kopytko (Polish Institute in Tel Aviv), selected the following candidates who were invited for a residency in Warsaw:

• Farzaneh Bahrami and Shaida Ghomashchi, Iran
• Irad Ben Isaak, Israel / Germany
• Jaroslav Kyša, Slovakia / Great Britain
• Luca Pucci and Emanuele De Donno, Italy
• Augustas Serapinas, Lithuania
• Talmon Biran (Roy Talmon, Noa Biran), Israel

Visits at the Keret House

Residencies for invited specialists in selected disciplines.
– Duration: up to 7 days.
– Applications: invitation only.
– The residency has the character of a study visit.
Visits and residencies at the Keret House include:
– the production of an artistic project (e.g. lecture, performance, exhibition, concert, action), which is publicly presented at venues selected by the guest and / or the organisers (e.g. museum, gallery, university, cultural institution);
- meetings with persons and institutions selected by the guest and / or the organisers; - introduction to the Polish artistic and cultural community;
- creative and scholarly exchange.

The organisers of Artist-in-Residence programme at the Keret House invited the following artists for study visits in 2013:

• Yuri Avvakumov, Russia
• Chuck Fishman, USA
• Assaf Zeev Gruber, Israel / Germany
• L / B (Sabina Lang, Daniel Baumann), Switzerland
• Ronit Porat, Israel
• Assaf K. Talmudi, Israel