The operational idea behind the residency program is artist mobility, which acknowledges the impact of globalization in the practice of contemporary art. Through making contacts, sharing studios, and working with local artists, there is an opportunity for visiting artists to be exposed to different art scenes and to present their work to communities whose feedback can prove critical to their practice.
From August to December 2016, I took part in three consecutive artist residencies in Penang, Paris, and Seoul, with a number of side trips in between, adding up to a total of eight countries in five months. These residencies included Rimbun Dahan Southeast Asian Arts Residency at Hotel Penaga in Penang, Don Papa Rum Artistic Residency Sojourn in Paris, and the Seoul Museum of Art Nanji Residency Program. I am sharing a few narratives from my journey here, to give artists a glimpse of what these programs offer and what I have gained from them, directly and indirectly.