Are memories collectable? How can we collect an artist residency? In a unique collision of past and present, artist residents from the last 10 years at Delfina Foundation are reflecting on their experiences in the house, and invite you to explore their personal and creative memories through a two day live programme and exhibition, ‘Open House’. Featuring a series of commissioned artworks encompassing the digital, performative, gastronomical and sculptural, ‘Open House’ fosters new lines of creative enquiry into the role of residency programmes in the UK, as well as the intersections between public and private in contemporary art today.
Ahmed Badry Aly
School of Humanities
MA Curating Contemporary Art, 2017
+44 (0)7821 443143
My two great interests before starting the MA were on one hand residency programmes and on the other hand artists collectives and collaborative projects. It is truly amusing to realise that even if I did not relentlessly insist on these two topics during these two years, my practice organically adapted in favour of them: OOO is a collective I have founded with three fellow curators with the aim to develop and deliver exhibitions with a collective approach to every step of the process; Open House investigates the ephemeral legacy of residency programmes.
Simultaneously, I developed my interest in private collections – my dissertation focused on the features and challenges of privately collecting Digital Art. In the process of researching, I became interested particularly in the role of the collector within the current ecology of the Contemporary Art system and the worldwide shift towards the shape of the collector as a creative role and towards a renewed definition of its practice.
- Laurea Triennale in Economia dei Beni Culturali e dello Spettacolo, Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milano, IT), 2014