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Budapest hotel art residency project supported by Visegrad Fund

The project proceeds the historical research and artistic reinterpretation of the cultural heritage and historical memory of the Drahobrat region. With the support of the Visegrad Fund, it reaches an international scale.  

Our project partners are cultural organizations from abroad: Zahorian & Van Espen (the Czech Republic and Slovakia), Budapest Showcase Hub (Hungary), Východné Pobrežie (Slovakia), and Kalektar (Poland). 

This format provides a new point of view on the topics of international interplay and historical development, which are of key importance for the researched region. Consequently, it will form a background for a new alternative cultural and artistic narration, attractive to knowledgeable visitors from different countries. Also during the residency, we are planning to involve local authorities, businesses, and active citizens. We are going to discuss an issue of Drahobrat’s sustainable development and its protection from the negative impact of globalization. 

During the XIX-XX centuries, Yasinya village – the point of our interest – had been the center of multiethnic and multinational development, obtaining several cultural layers. The central location of our research is the wooden Edelweis hotel.    

The name of this project –  Grand Hotel Budapest – alludes to the historical name of the hotel – Budapest. Despite its architectural uniqueness, the hotel is not included on the historical heritage list. Its research has begun from our project only. Nowadays, the Edelweis hotel is considered to be an infrastructural object that does not have any cultural and historical value.     

The project involves a thorough historical study in all the participating countries, followed by creating the artworks by artists from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Ukraine.

Goals of the Project: 

1) to develop a better understanding of the common space in history by the research and elaboration of the collective memory;

2) to provide instruments to work with lost or forgotten history;

3) to suggest a new scenario of local area protection from the threat of globalization and consumerism through joined art residencies; 

4) to create an alternative narrative about tourism in the region; sustainably and moderately send the flow of knowledgeable visitors from the participating countries to the researched place. 

Stages of the Project:

1) Historical research of Yasinya village and the Edelweis hotel. 

Dates – November 1, 2020 – March 1, 2021.

The result of the first stage will be a published historical study. The initial historical research consists of collecting relevant memories about the hotel and the Yasinya village, as well as working in the Czech, Slovak, Polish, Hungarian, and Ukrainian archives to explore the Dragobrat region.

2) Art Residency – visual and sound laboratory based in Edelweis hotel. 

Dates – May 1-14, 2021.

16 artists will be invited to participate in the residency: 8 from Ukraine and 8 from partner countries (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary). 

Participants will be selected through an open competition, announced in early March 2021. Selected participants will be provided with travel cost reimbursement, accommodation, and meals. They will receive an art scholarship for the implementation of their creative pieces within the framework and duration of the residency. The curators of the residency are Ukrainian sculptor Zhanna Kadyrova and musician Andriy Savinykh.

3) Presentation of the results in Yasinya village and Uzhhorod

Dates – May 15 – June 30, 2021.

The presentation in Yasinya will include information about historical sources and an exhibition of the artworks, made during the residency. The presentation in Uzhhorod will introduce a new cultural and tourist location, aiming to:

  1. to discuss the potential role of art residencies in the local and international development of the cultural community;  
  2. to define the following steps of the residency’s development in cooperation with local authorities, businesses, artists, historians, travel companies, and guides. 

The project is co-financed by the Governments of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.