On Hiatus (2016-2017)
Wayne On Hiatus is a quasi-self-portrait that comprises of a few memorabilia and a series of short diaristic-contemplation texts written for a "virtual yet functioning residency" called Residency for Artists on Hiatus (RFAOH), that is actually based in Montreal, Canada. RFAOH is "available to artists who, for one reason or another, are not currently making or presenting art". And "regardless of the diverse understanding of 'artistic' engagement in our time, many artists endure varying levels of anxiety and pressure of meeting the demand to be productive. They seek the tacit approval or at least acknowledgement of their peers and an artworld economy, deemed necessary to maintain their artist status. RFAOH will allow artists freedom from the obligations of being an artist."
Happened between August 2016 to June 2017, the residency coincided with the period of my second year of studies at the Dutch Art Institute (DAI), where I have faced (and still not completely resolved) ambivalence towards art making/production and just thinking about art making. Although, in some sense, the work addresses the failure of the artist who ultimately succumbed to the "demands of (art) production," it is however, also true that the "works" created became evident of the artist's negotiation of position and role in a society. Moreover, within this binary of work and life, On Hiatus seeks to understand the importance of "taking care" before a presumptuous exhaustion.
The stipend from the 10-months-long residency has mainly contributed towards books, and amongst that, a ticket to the 57th Venice Biennale, and the cost of this website subscription.
Click here to read my contributions to RFAOH.