THE ALPINA GSTAAD LAUNCHES ITS FIRST EVER ARTIST'S RESIDENCY THIS WINTER SEASON, HOSTED BY TO.ORG AIMED FOR INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS, DESIG- NERS, AND ARCHITECTS WITH A SERIES OF CREATIVE WORKSHOPS THAT WILL TAKE PLACE IN A RARE DEMOUNTABLE HOUSE DESIGNED BY JEAN PROUVÉ IN THE 1940s.
This initiative conceived by Nachson Mimran, (CEO of to.org and Creative Director and Chairman of the Board of The Alpina Gstaad), will curate a series of creative workshops, with artists from Europe, Africa and the Americas, in the grounds of The Alpina Gstaad, set in the exclusive Oberbort area of Gstaad, in the heart of the Bernese Alps.
The first of these creative workshops commenced on 8 December with the renowned Burkinabè architect, Francis Kéré. The lineup of creatives involved in the series includes numerous friends of to.org, such as Smithsonian Institute fellow, and Washington, D.C.-based artist, Victor Ekpuk; US artist and film- maker, Doug Aitken; award-winning designer Ini Archibong; architect for NASA’s 3D Printed Mars Habitat Challenge and Principal & Head of Design at Hassell, Xavier De Kestelier; Johannesburg-based Serpentine Pavilion architect, Sumayya Vally; Uganda-based Congolese refugee and self-taught architect, Patrick Muvunga; Swiss artist Raphael Hefti; and Rasmus Nielsen of Danish art collective Superflex.
The creative workshops will explore themes around equalising opportu- nity and refugee empowerment - missions that are at the core of To:Foundation’s work, and the resi- dencies can help to “devise solutions to vital challenges and drive inspiration." stated Nachson Mimran, noting that the Foundation's “aim is to level the playing field and equalise opportunity for all."
The local community and guests of The Alpina Gstaad will be able to interact with these designers and artists and their works. “This artist's residency brings together a selection of the world’s most brilliant minds in art and architecture" said Nachson Mimran. The series will end in March 2022, see more at thealpinagstaad.ch.