Using the residency model as a point of departure, the Residency Project encompasses a range of activities from nesting college departments within downtown Los Angeles to hosting artists and art initiatives.
Programming will be specifically designed for each project iteration and can take the form of exhibitions, performances, lectures and other cultural presentations.
Photo credit: Hanieh Khatibi, The Thread, digital video still, ArtCenter DTLA, 2020
Inaugural ArtCenter DTLA Residency Project
Founded by Los Angeles artists BRD (Bridget Rosalia Driessen) and Hannah Varamini, the Love’s Remedies initiative embodies the idea of collaboration as an act of care and presents the artist/institution interaction within the framework of performance. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic closing the gallery right after the launch of the project, the residency pivoted online and to street-view only exhibitions that will conclude in the Spring of 2021.
Over the course of eighteen months, in the guise of Love’s Remedies and through the shockwave of COVID-19, BRD and Varamini supported five micro-residencies, seven group exhibitions, two solo exhibitions and one solo project in addition to their own. All told, over sixty artists and artist networks were invited to benefit from the residency. With the substantial support of Christina Valentine, Program Director at ArtCenter DTLA, and the enactment and expansion of institutional relationships, BRD and Varamini were emboldened to exercise significant agency, both for themselves and on behalf of all participating artists.
Please note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, exhibitions in ArtCenter's galleries are currently unavailable for visits by the public.
About ArtCenter DTLA
A satellite location in downtown Los Angeles, ArtCenter DTLA engages the local arts community through exhibitions, workshops and cultural programs.
The body draws what the mouth cannot say
July 15 – October 11, 2020
Presented in conjunction with Up All Night, this exhibition presents drawings, video, sculpture and performance by core collaborators Brd, Hannah Kim Varamini and their micro-residency artists Carolina Hicks and Hanieh Khatibi. The title references the way that drawing acts as a form of transmission: from one to another, from internal to external – a bodily manifestation that brings form to Being.
Carolina Hicks video piece, Fractured Intimacies, 2020 offers a time-based meditation on the relationship between bodies’ gestures and “spooky” action from a distance. Hanieh Khatibi’s Some Drawings from Far and Near, 2020, presents drawing as a practice that investigates ways of seeing across temporal collapse.
March – June 2020
An experimentation based on the idea of sharing resources as an act of care, Love’s Remedies nested a micro-residency within their own residency at ArtCenter DTLA.
Through open invitation, artists were scheduled to work within ArtCenter DTLA in parallel with Love’s Remedies. With the closing of the gallery and studios due to the pandemic, the micro-residency project shifted to a virtual form of interaction and community.
February 20 – March 20, 2020
Curated by Fiona Yun-Jui Chang and Babsi Loisch, the exhibition draws attention to the politics and dynamics of domestic space.
Love’s Remedies and their collaborators present a collective investigation into care-providing labor, adaptation, and home-building; activities crucial for humanity yet so often regarded as insignificant.