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Stella Kruusamägi about her artistic exchange residency at Veem

23 May 2023 — by Veem House for Performance

Early 2023, MDT in Stockholm and Veem House for Performance in Amsterdam had an open call for two research residencies for dance artists. The chosen artists were Stockholm based artist Stella Kruusamägi and Amsterdam based artist Reza Mirabi. We were thrilled to welcome Stella at Veem House in May! Reza will go to Stockholm for a residency at MDT in October.

Stella about her experience:

The exchange residency I participated in was eye-opening, making me realize the immense value of such programs. It involved immersing myself in a new environment, understanding the rhythms of life, and deepening my connection to the artistic pulse of the place. This experience provided insights into the management, development, and longevity of art scenes and venues.

Furthermore, this residency had a profound impact on my studio practice, as it influenced and shaped my artistic investigations in unexpected ways. The new space I was located in brought forth fresh perspectives and inspired me to venture into unexplored artistic territories.

Additionally, I enjoyed meetings with Reza. Our casual walks and conversations unraveled an unexpected artistic transformation. These exchanges not only added depth to my own understanding but also laid the groundwork for future dialogues. I imagine Reza as a potential collaborator with whom I would like to continue this organic exchange of ideas.

Picture: Stella & Reza in Amsterdam


This artistic exchange residency is a project of the Life Long Burning Network (with the support of the European Union).