Introducing the two FLAD/AiR 351 grant recipients for 2021-2022: Adriana Ramić and Keren Benbenisty

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest in this open call, to the selection committee members (Nathalie Anglès, Isabel Carlos and Sébastien Pluot), and to AiR 351 for making this opportunity possible.

We look forward to having Adriana and Keren in Portugal, at the AiR’s 351 Cascais headquarters, during 2021 and 2022, for an artistic residency of 4 months.

Adriana Ramić (b. Chicago, 1989) is an artist based in New York working with poetics of lexicons, translations, and reconfigurations among human and nonhuman existences. She has had one and two-person exhibitions at places such as the Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson; Kimberly-Klark, New York, and Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam; and also exhibited at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris; New Galerie, Paris; LUMA/Westbau, Zürich; Kunstpalais, Erlangen; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, and many others. Her work has been covered in publications such as Artforum, Flash Art, and the New York Times, and she has spoken at Signal Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö; American Medium, New York; homeschool, Portland; Yale School of Art, New Haven; and University of the Arts, Helsinki.

Adriana Ramić

Memory Intensified by Hand of Manual World (2021)

Installation view

Keren Benbenisty (b. Israel, 1977), is a multidisciplinary artist based in New York, working mainly with video, sculpture, and works on paper. In her artworks, she scrutinizes loss and displacement, evident in various historical narratives and myths, and identifies their impact in other disciplines, including archeology, biology, and linguistics. Recently, she began to examine the long-term implications of migration, colonialism, and exile in her homeland Israel, a territory charged with continuous conflicts that fuel the perpetual geographical, political and social crisis of that area.

Benbenisty graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris (2004) and attended Cal’Arts (2003). She has been an artist-in-residence at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture; International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP); Residency Unlimited (RU); Arts Maebashi, Japan; Open Sessions, The Drawing Center, NY. She is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Grant (2019); Foundation for Contemporary Art (2019); ARTIS, Contemporary Israeli Art Fund (2011/2020), Ostrovsky Family Foundation Grant (2011), Foundation for Contemporary Art among others. Recent exhibition venues include The Johnson Museum, NY; The Drawing Center, NY; Petach-Tikva Museum, IL; Mishkan Ein Harod, IL; A.I.R Gallery, NY; CUNY Graduate Center, NY; Tel-Aviv Museum of Modern Art, IL; Arts Maebashi, Japan.

Keren Benbenisty

Tristeza (2021)

Still from a video

About the grant

The FLAD/AiR 351 grant is an opportunity for US-based/American artists, at any stage of practice, to participate in the AiR 351 residencies, for a total period of 4 months.

The AiR 351, located in Cascais, Portugal, is an independent international visual arts residency program that works individually with each resident, by providing supportive curatorial and technical assistance.

For more information about this opportunity, click here.