At Home in the World

Phoenix Will Rise, Rana Begum and Marina Tabassum, Is This Tomorrow? Alserkal Avenue + Whitechapel Gallery Dubai, 2019. Courtesy of the artist.

OPEN CALL – Please note the application deadline has now passed for this open call. 

The selected artists were announced on 20 May 2020 and are: Shagufta Iqbal, Noel Ed De Leon, Jasmin Kent Rodgman, Jennae Santos (WSABI Fox) and Eiko Soga. Their works will be released digitally between July and September 2020. Find out more about the selected artists in the press release.

The Bagri Foundation is pleased to invite submissions for a brand-new online commissioning series entitled At Home in the World.

The Foundation has been keen to start a digital programme for well over a year, and at a time when postponements and cancellations are taking place across the world, it felt now would be the best time to reallocate funds for a project that ensures Asian artists can continue to make work from home. Since we cannot currently travel to see art, this project explores the myriad ways that creative practitioners can engage with the digital.

For At Home in the World, the Bagri Foundation is inviting artists, writers, musicians, curators, filmmakers, researchers and academics to submit proposals to be one of five new online public commissions, to be presented across its online platforms.

The title is inspired by Vietnamese philosopher and Buddhist Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s collection of autobiographical stories which impart mindfulness teachings, insights and life lessons. Embracing Hanh’s inspiring mindful approach, the online series has been designed for creatives from across Asia and the diaspora to share their own journeys of discovery, knowledge and ideas.

How do we cope, connect and continue to create? How can we explore new ways of thinking about survival, care and solidarity? Perhaps you want to make a work that has nothing to do with this crisis. Perhaps you have always made work that explores subjects which have become ever more urgent.

Being culturally curious, the Foundation is calling out for participants to respond to this brief not only from a place of artistic creation, but that of a place of hope. As we enter a new world, which may look very different from the one we’ve always known, the Foundation invites those who can challenge its thinking, inspire and encourage others.


Noel Ed De Leon in his attic

Noel Ed De Leon’s commission entitled Microcosmic Orbit takes place on 17 July, 14 August and 10 September 2020. Find out more about the project in De Leon’s interview with guest curator Eva Bentcheva here.