05/04/2016

Res Artis welcomes three new Board Members

We welcome, Kira Simon-Kennedy, Jean-Baptiste Joly and Tooraj Khamenehzadeh, to the Res Artis Board of Directors and are looking forward to working together with them on the future of Res Artis.

Kira Simon-Kennedy (USA) received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, majoring in East Asian Languages & Civilizations and Fine Arts Photography. In 2013, she co-founded China Residencies, as a way to help artists find out about opportunities all across China, and to provide advice and support for artist residency administrators. China Residencies has grown steadily, forming alliances across four continents, publishing interviews, maps and resources to strengthen the global field of artist residencies.

Kira worked across the music, film and art worlds on projects in China, Iceland, France, Mali, and Mississippi. Since 2001, she produced over 50 music videos, as well as several well-received independent feature and documentary films that toured the global film festival circuit. She frequently leads multi-national and multilingual teams to develop creative projects that shed light on the importance of fostering diversity and sustainability.

Jean-Baptiste Joly (Germany) is the founding director and artistic director of Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany’s largest artist residency program where he introduced a multitude of activities and new initiatives since its inception in 1989. He also served as one of the founding members of Res Artis in 1993.

Jean-Baptiste studied German Studies in Paris and Berlin from 1969 to 1975 and worked as French and German teacher afterwards. From 1983-1988 he was the director of the French cultural institute, creating the very first artist residency ever in a French institute in 1985.
Jean-Baptiste has experience in founding a residency, international support of emerging residencies, invention of new fellowship programs, long term perspective for artists residencies, interdisciplinarity, worldwide overview of residency politics, alumni policy strategies and network activities.

Tooraj Khamenehzadeh (Iran) is the curator and program manager of Kooshk Residency the first artist residency in Tehran. He studied Computer Engineering at Azad University in Qazvin, Iran and received a B.S. in 2002 as well as a Film Shooting Course Diploma.

Tooraj is a visual artist, curator, and program manager currently living in Tehran. As an artist he has shown his photographs, videos and installation works in various festivals and exhibitions nationally and internationally. He is also the co-founder and a member of the board of directors of Rybon Art Center, an independent art institute in Tehran. It aims to create a vast network of different artistic routes and make artistic and cultural connections with the art institutes and organizations throughout the world. Starting serious artist residency programs and developing the first International Artists’ Workshop in the form of Triangle workshops in Iran are two notable projects of Rybon.

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