Arquetopia Foundation is an internationally established, nonprofit arts and cultural foundation with a social scope that emphasizes critical thinking through artistic practices. Our Artist-in-Residence Programs are the largest and most reputable in Mexico and Latin America, with an array of contents anchored in a solid structure of collaborations with prominent cultural institutions, renowned experts, and notable artists.
We are invested in approaching art and art history with a critical perspective by understanding Mexico’s complexity in context and incorporating nuances in narratives and interpretation of Mexico’s 3,000-year heritage of visual culture. Since its founding, Arquetopia has raised the bar in the residency field, becoming a international reference, including all residency program in Mexico, by influencing most of them in approaching artmaking with more rigorous practices, critical perspectives, and high standards.
We approach art making by placing art practices at the center of a critical discussions to reveal the complex relationship between “the ways of seeing,” power, and the production of art and/or the writing of art history. Our methodology is unique for approaching international encounters by understanding performativity while applying Levinasian ethics to the artistic process to respect the integrity of differences and question the desire for totalization.
THEN AND NOW Arquetopia Foundation and International Artist Residency: original, previous, and current center in Puebla, Mexico
THEN AND NOW Arquetopia Oaxaca International Artist Residency: previous and current center in Oaxaca, Mexico
Arquetopia was officially established and registered as a nonprofit foundation in 2009, with a solid Board of Directors comprised of renowned scholars, artists, entrepreneurs, and community members fully committed to social transformation. We are proud to have established through our multiple residency programs a generous and culturally diverse space by hosting every year artists, scholars, and researchers from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Our experience has been enriched by the multiplicity of perspectives of our residents coming from many regions around the world and approximately 60 countries.
Arquetopia is distinguished worldwide for its array of unique residency programs with substantial content. In contrast to various property rental schemes, tourist resorts, B&B’s, and sublets elsewhere, our residency spaces function exclusively for productive art professionals, writers, and researchers and include structured, informative programs; a network of collaborative workspaces, institutions, and studios; and individualized project support.
Artists-in-Residence in technique workshop and special lecture session
After our founding directors, Mexican visual artist and curator Francisco Guevara and American classical musician Chris Davis, invested their hard work and entire personal savings, our small nonprofit arts foundation was born in the majestic, vibrant and historic city of Puebla in 2009. Having initially functioned as an educational art center for inner-city youth, Arquetopia soon expanded its focus to offer international artist residency programs in under a year and then opened a second residency space in the city of Oaxaca in 2011. Arquetopia has since grown to offer the premier artist residency programs of Mexico and Latin America, with extensive collaborative networks in central and southern Mexico. Our Artists-in-Residence have come from dozens of countries on six continents, and we are honored that many have returned for residencies at Arquetopia multiple times.
Arquetopia is run entirely by artists and is not funded by government, corporate, or other outside interests. Operating independently on funds from its self-sustaining programs, Arquetopia remains strictly unaffiliated with any political, religious, or war-industrial/weapon-building entities.
Arquetopia Artists-in-Residence represent nearly 60 countries worldwide and growing.