VACANT ZONE is an online artist residency project, devised in November 2019.
A virtual space without precise limits, waiting to be inhabited and to take form.
A potential world that becomes something different each time.
During the residency two selected participants – chosen or invited – share the vacant zone experience: being there, dialoguing, reflecting and in the end, supported at a technical level, realizing the form and the shape that the project will take from that moment.
Each residency will last four months, at the end of which the website will go blank, in a latent state until the next inhabitance.
Vacant Zone has no predetermined meanings, and it is both global and local, immaterial and concrete, current and historical; it is a process: pure subjective possibility to build and to share.
Vacant Zone intends to be a space for inhabiting and sharing. Our aim is to stimulate personal visions, to be shaped through technological tools and digital language – so their use is creative. We find interesting, over time, to show the similarities and differences between the ways in which participants will interpret the residency.
All this concerns the themes of identity, citizenship, coexistence. The project is “global” both for the formation of its working group – composed of a curator, an artist and a technical team – and for the way it is propagated; we want to create opportunities for intercultural dialogue, with no limits whatsoever.
Zoya Shokoohi has a scientific and artistic education (Chemical Engineering, University of Isfahan; Academy of Fine Arts in Florence). In her research, in fact, science and art are put in relation, to the point of revealing the paradoxical nature of their connections. One of the main issues of her artworks is the question about her own position in the western and eastern urban context, and for this reason, much of his work focuses on the “necessary socio-political activities of today’s human being”.
Among her recent projects: Zar (performance, International Dance Academy Berlin), Base for dialogue (performance, Museo del Novecento, Florence), Unstable history (book print and sculpture, Stibbert Museum, Florence and Academy of fine arts in Florence), Are you protected? (performance, Palazzo di Acquaviva, Atri, Teramo), This sculpture has no base (Safavi House, Isfahan), 30 hours (Aknoon gallery and Motorkhooneh gallery, Shiraz).
Matteo Innocenti is a curator, art historian and critic. As a curator he has collaborated with museums and institutions (including Centro per l’arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci Prato, Galleria dell’Accademia Firenze, MAD. Murate Art District), with non-profit spaces, Italian and foreign art galleries, artist’s residencies.
Recent curatorial projects include Estuario Project Space, A certain identity (Italy and Lithuania), Conflict Correspondences and A Place to Be.
He is the creator and director of La Portineria, art project space in Florence.
In the critical and journalistic field, he has written and writes for art magazines such as ATP Diary, Artribune, Exibart, Flash Art, as well as for catalogs and magazines. He teaches in academic and specialization courses.
The project is supported by an international technical team composed of Mahmood Bagheri (Technical Lead) and Amin Shahnazari (Software Architecture).
Thanks to their experience in the field of technological tools and applications, the team, working together with the participants and the curators, will ensure that projects, during the various residencies, take a “concrete” and optimized form for the web.