Our Offices & Partners Abroad

For detailed information please click on the offices and cultural centres below. For further information on the headquarters in Zurich please go to: www.prohelvetia.ch

Artists in Residence

Find more about our Artists in Residence:

3 weeks | Interdisciplinary, Music

Flee Project | Research Trip

After having worked on Kenyan music genre Benga and Apulian trance music ritual tarantism, FLEE is currently organizing, in collaboration with Kuwaiti artist Zahed Sultan, comprehensive research on Pearl Divers’ music in the Gulf.

Country of residency: Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates

5 months

Mariam El Nozahy – Ausstellungsraum Klingental

Mariam Elnozahy is a curator and writer based in Cairo. Previously, she curated eight exhibitions at the Townhouse Gallery as well as an exhibition in Jeddah at the Athr Gallery and in London at the Mosaic Rooms. Her project titled ‘Whose Open Society? Understanding Neoliberalism and the Economics of Artistic Production in the Middle East …

Country of residency: Egypt, Switzerland

four weeks | Literature

Joël László | Research Trip

Joël László was born in Zürich in 1982 and lives in Basel, where he studied Middle Eastern Studies and History. He works as a writer, playwright and translator. For the Basel based Lenos publishing house, he is currently translating a novel from Arabic to German.

Country of residency: Egypt

10 days | Interdisciplinary

Muath Isaeid | Research Trip

An active cultural manager and an urban arts curator working for Al Balad Theater (Amman – Jordan). Mu’ath’s work is mainly known for curating & organizing the “Baladk” Mural and street arts Festival in Amman, as well as being the program manager of Al Balad Music Festival, a regional Arab independent music festival and the …

Country of residency: Switzerland

Lars Willumeit | Research Trip

Lars Willumeit (b. 1974, Frankenthal/Pfalz, Germany) is an independent curator, author, and art educator based in Switzerland. He is currently a curator at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne. With degrees in Social Anthropology (London School of Economics and Political Science) and Curatorial Studies (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste), his interests are in photography, documentarisms, regimes …

Country of residency: Lebanon

Chadi Messmer | Studio Residency

Swiss with Lebanese roots, he’s passionate about music from the Middle East since he’s been a child. Therefore he aims to build bridges between Arabic and Western music. He created the band Menura in 2017 which is a binational Swiss/ Lebanese collaboration. Since then they have been performing and touring all around Lebanon and Switzerland. Chadi is a multifaceted electric and double bass player and also a composer. He regularly plays and tours with numerous bands all around Switzerland and Europe.

Country of residency: Lebanon

Laurence Bonvin | Studio Residency

Laurence Bonvin is an artist working since many years with photography and more recently also with video. She was born in Switzerland and studied at the National School for Photography in Arles, France. Her practice, which has a strong documentary base, has been centered on the transformations of urban peripheries, natural and social landscapes, on …

Country of residency: Egypt

Sonia Kacem │ Studio Residency

Based in Amsterdam and originally from Switzerland and Tunisia, Sonia’s earlier work have been exhibited in Switzerland and internationally since 2011. Also, It has been seen recently in Tilburg “Delirious” the 10th edition of Lustwarande and at Centre d’art Neuchâtel.

Country of residency: Egypt

Paulo Wirz │ Studio Residency

In 2008 Paulo Wirz arrived in Switzerland for the first time in order to learn German. After studying at the ECAL, Gerrit Rietveld Academie and ZHDK, he decided to move to Geneva where recently he completed the MFA program in contemporary practices at the HEAD and received the Prix “New Heads”. Paulo’s work will be …

Country of residency: Egypt

Abdessamad El Montassir │ Studio Residency- Home Not Alone

Born in 1989, lives and works between Rabat and Boujdour. Abdessamad El Montassir is currently resident fellow at IMéRA, Institut d’études avancées – Aix Marseille Université.

After graduating from the Institut National des Beaux-Arts in Tetouan, Abdessamad El Montassir completed the MA Artistic and Esthetic Education at the École Normale Supérieure in Meknès, for which he received the award of excellence.

Country of residency: Switzerland