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April 14, 2012 6:41 PM Subscribe
Where is the art world now?
posted by Sara C. to media & arts (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm applying for a travel writing fellowship that would require me to spend at least 10 weeks in a foreign country (I'm American, so anywhere outside the USA) writing longform creative nonfiction centered around social, political, and cultural issues in said country.
My focus as a (prose nonfiction) writer is on the arts.
If you could go ANYWHERE in the world to write about art, where would be the most exciting place to do it RIGHT NOW?
I'm also interested in places with indigenous folk/craft scenes that haven't been completely tapped out by the wider media already. For example I'm not sure there's much else to say about Mongolian throat singing.
While there's a stipend involved, I would be footing the bill for most of my three month stay abroad. Which takes places like Zurich or Dubai off the table.
There is no visa support as far as I know; otherwise I'd be making a beeline for Iran.
Language barrier is somewhat of an issue. My work would require me to meet, develop connections, and interview local artists (and would probably not fund a full-time translator). I speak reasonably OK Spanish and French, and I know that in places like Berlin or Amsterdam, this is not really going to be a thing since the people I'll be meeting will be well-educated cosmopolitan types who'll probably speak some English. But I probably can't go to Laos and start interviewing Hmong weavers or something like that.
Korea, Cambodia, Poland, and a lot of Latin America have been heavily represented among previous winners of the fellowship, enough to make them tapped out unless someone has a killer angle for me.
The fellowship would require me to travel between August and December. Based on my personal schedule, I'm most likely looking to do this from October - December. So anything that hinges on a festival (Edinburgh Fringe, Festival au Desert, the Venice Biennale) is out.