Residency programs for artists and other practitioners are our origin and are our continued mission. We believe that residency is a useful tool for artists to introduce a much needed change of environment where they can focus on their production, research, or more. As we experimented with the residency form, our residency has grown to embody an expanded form. The residents can be from any discipline, including but not limited to artists. The goal can be research, a series of tasks, or a purposeful lull. The duration can be between 2 and 6 months or more. All parameters of the residency are subject to being mutually defined by the resident and ba-bau. By pursuing a fluid form, we hope to give the residents the best environment to achieve their objectives.
Resident-đi is a multi-city residency program in collaboration with Then Cafe (Hue), Sao La Collective (Da Lat), and Nhat Q. Vo (Ben Tre), sponsored by the Japan Foundation. Through an open call, Kieu-Anh Nguyen and Duong Thanh Quang were selected to be the inaugural resident artists for their strong focus on local interactions. Each artist spent one month in each of their three residency options, in the order of their choice. Duong Thanh Quang’s residency concluded with an exhibition at the APD Center for Art Patronage and Development. Kieu-Anh Nguyen residency resulted in artworks and a report on local impermanent materials.