The Islands Arts Writing Residency



Fogo Island Arts and Art Metropole are pleased to announce that Joseph del Pesco has been selected to participate in The Islands, a two-part residency that aims to encourage arts writing and criticism in contemporary art.

The Islands invites emerging and established arts writers and artists with a writing practice to think about the various roles of writing in the arts across two unique locations. Almost 100 applications were received for the Spring 2017 call, out of which ten outstanding candidates were shortlisted.

Del Pesco will spend a month on Fogo Island as part of Fogo Island Arts’ residency program, followed by two weeks on Toronto Island at Artscape Gibraltar Point. The project will culminate in a small publication funded, published, and distributed by Art Metropole.

Joseph del Pesco is a curator, writer and publisher. Since 2009 he has been Director, and in 2016 became International Director of KADIST (Paris and San Francisco). At KADIST del Pesco established a fast-paced program of weekly events that position art as a vehicle for discussion about social and political issues internationally, and started the first residency for international art magazines. Previously he was adjunct curator at Artists Space, New York. As an independent curator he has organized exhibitions, projects and publications at The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; The Banff Centre; Articule, Montreal; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; and the UC Davis Museum among others. In 2015-16 he was in residence at SOMA in Mexico City, Beta-Local in Puerto Rico, The Luminary in St. Louis and ArtPort in Tel Aviv. His recent short stories about speculative museums have appeared in Art21 Magazine and White Fungus magazine. Previously, he has contributed writing to the catalogue for SFMOMA’s exhibition Six Lines of Flight, as well as Manifesta JournalX-TraNEROFillip, and SFAQ. 

The Islands is a residency partnership conceived and organized by Art Metropole and Fogo Island Arts, with support from Artscape. A call for applications for the second iteration of The Islands will be launched in July for a residency in November-December 2017.