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+ Who is Farside Collective?

We are an artist run independent project space & gallery based out of Leh. We are working and living in Leh since 2012 working in contemporary arts, graphic design, architecture, furniture design and photography. We create artist books and support independent publication.

+ What is the residency about?

Humans civilisations have grown by coming together of great civilisations. Exchange of cultures have made us grow and understand our world better; when humans from different cultures meet and share lives, barriers are broken. Leh is fortunate to have lived a long history of Silk route trade bringing together Punjabis, Kashmiris, Central Asians, Tibetans and Chinese under this roof of the world. Amidst this sea of travellers, the local population grew and benefitted from the world around. Leh has grown tremendously in last 20 years and tourism has changed the lives of people. While communication has grown, and one can reach Leh in less than 1 hour from Delhi; today, the multi-cultural ethos of Leh find itself challenged. The division of ‘us’ and ‘them’ is seen evidently and migrants - like Kashmiris, North Indians, Nepalis - either white or blue collar, do not fit in the modern Ladakhi narrative. The migrant working class is unable to find a voice in this new Ladakhi narrative of blue skies and wide lakes, pashminas and heritage buildings which is built on the hard work of themselves.

The second part of the residency is to travel to Turtuk, the last Indian village on the Pakistani border. This special place has changed hands from Pakistan to India in 1971, Pakistanis became Indians. We have traveled many times to this village and understood that people have so many stories to tell! Stories of borders, separations and belongings. We will travel to this oasis looking over the Pakistani mountains, questioning the ideas of nationalism, borders and partition.

Migrant manual labours from Rajasthan in Thang village, overlooking the LOC, 2018.

Migrant manual labours from Rajasthan in Thang village, overlooking the LOC, 2018.

+ What is the plan for the month long residency? What is the schedule like?

We are inviting 4 artists/designers and 1 curator or art researcher (each session) to join us for 30 day residency in July or September 2019, living and working from our modest studio/house in Leh. All artists can give preferences for Session 1 (July) or Session 2 (September). We are looking for passionate people who can draw, film, shoot, write and create art works around the curatorial note/preliminary idea discussed above. To know and understand day to day plan for both sessions; please click here(July) and here (September)

+ What kind of artist/designers/researcher should apply?

We are not looking at any specific discipline, but rather people who can create. We invite applications from visual artists, photographers, printmakers, filmmakers, writers, zine makers, researchers etc, who can come together to create art. If you love contemporary arts, graphics, illustrations, creative writing, image making processes, and experimenting with printmaking, you should apply !

+ What are the deliverables?

Each resident artist/curator/art researcher is expected to create an artist book or a zine by the end of the residency. We expect artists to work individually or in some cases in groups to come together and work towards it. Farside team will curate and design the artist books, working closely with each artist in developing it. We are trying to push the limits of modern printing technology, primarily because its difficult to print in Leh. We are looking at creating the artist books/prints by alternative printing technology like analog photography, etching, photocopying, screenprinting, collages, type-writing etc. Farside will support each artist in above mentioned printmaking techniques, prior knowledge is good, but not mandatory. Curators/Art Researchers will actively support the artists by periodic critique sessions and will be responsibile to write art critique for each artist by the end of the residency.

Additionally, we will have an exhibition opening in our gallery space to close the residency. Along with it, as we always do, we take our works to the Leh bazar to exhibit in the public, organise zine shows and a small make-shift shop selling artworks. All artists are free to work independently for the exhibition in the gallery or in the market around illustrations, films, photos, writings etc. Our studio can support image making, B&W manual photo-development, basic printmaking and externally supported woodwork, metal work etc

+ What are the costs involved?

The total cost of the month long residency including logistics (living, food, internal travels etc), production cost (prints, equipments, exhibition etc) and support to the art space is Indian Rs. 45,000 (Euro 650 for international participants). The amount is payable in two instalments. To understand in detail about the cost, what all it covers and instalment dates please refer to the details here

Important dates

‘SWIM ACROSS’ Residency Dates (Session 1): 1st-31st July 2019 and

‘SWIM ACROSS’ Residency Dates (Session 2): 1st-30th September 2019

Application Open: 5th January 2019
Application Closes: 15th February 2019
Notification to selected artists: 28th February 2019  (Due to volume of applications, emails will be sent to selected artists only)
Exhibition dates in Leh: 30th July onwards & 29th September onwards (tentative)


+ Who are the curators/coordinators of the residency?

Debasish & Hélène, founders of Farside Collective are the curators and coordinators of the residency. Both of them are living & working in Leh since 2012 and have experience of attending, curating & organising workshops/residencies in India, Europe & Korea. To understand them in details, please see the about section of the website.

+ Can i work independently or I have to adhere to the guidelines provided by the curators?

While we expect you to work independently, we have to agree on the basic ‘theme’ of the residency which is discussed above in the curatorial note and about section. You are free to work with tools and resources you are comfortable with, but we would like to curate and edit when we work together to create the artist book/exhibition. We expect you to trust us in our editorial/curatorial and logistical experience.

+ Can i see some of the previous works done by Farside Collective?

Yes of course ! please follow the links as mentioned.

  • to see our all works click here ; to see our publications, click here
  • to see the latest work from Korea click here
  • to have a look in the summer program hosted by us in Kargil, 2015 click here
  • to have a look in the works done in the Border settlements of Turtuk, please click here
  • to have a look in our Leh Public Art Project, watch the short film here
  • to see our exhibitions in Delhi click here & here

+ What will I get from the residency?

You will get to benefit from our experience in living in Ladakh and attend curated travels in some of the most interesting destination. You will be conducting interviews, visiting people who have hundreds of stories of migration, separation, borders and wars. You will live and eat with the local family we live in Leh. You will get all the support you need to create work and by the end you will be able to make an exhibition in our gallery space, make a small pop-up shop in Leh market and create an artist book. Depending on your interest and involvment, you can learn to develop B&W photographs, self-made publication design, narrative photograpy, creative writing, screen-printing etc. We can also offer you recommendation letters or certificates on request.

+ Do I get to travel during the residency?

Yes, We will curate multiple days of travels for you to visit some of the most engaging and interesting places in Ladakh. You can also make short trips on your own depending you stick to the timeline and deliverables. To understand please refer back to the month plan here

+ Can I skip some days and travel on my own?

Yes & No. We will already curate travels over multiple destinations, spread over the month. You can still make day trips or weekend trips to places you might want to visit, but keep in mind that we are dedicated to make each minute count and we will be working as a close group of 4/5 people from day 1. You are free to travel on your own before/after the residency program. To understand please refer back to the month plan here

+ How do i reach Leh? Please provide a travel advisory?

For basic information about travels and how to reach, please download the file here. We will issue a travel advisory to all selected artists on a later date.

Queries should be directed to farsideindia@gmail.com