Amant Foundation hosts an annual program of exhibitions with international and local artists that highlight critical discourses connecting art with other cultural disciplines. We host public programs designed to be a discursive extension of our residencies and projects, including workshops, films, lecture series, readings, and performances. Amant also previews upcoming projects and research by our artists-in-residence that intend to provide valuable insights into the nature of art production and development.

Artists are invited to either present a single solo exhibition or to develop projects that will continue to evolve over a longer period. In doing so, it permits them to “slow-down” the art-making process, experimenting with, or shifting formats, while also reflecting on the meaning and context of their work through time.

Amant Foundation hosts an annual program of exhibitions with international and local artists that highlight critical discourses connecting art with other cultural disciplines. We host public programs designed to be a discursive extension of our residencies and projects, including workshops, films, lecture series, readings, and performances. Amant also previews upcoming projects and research by our artists-in-residence that intend to provide valuable insights into the nature of art production and development.

Artists are invited to either present a single solo exhibition or to develop projects that will continue to evolve over a longer period. In doing so, it permits them to “slow-down” the art-making process, experimenting with, or shifting formats, while also reflecting on the meaning and context of their work through time.

Mette Edvardsen, Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine (2010 - ). Photo: Antero Hein. Courtesy of the artist.

Amant envisions a publications program unfolding at a slower pace and over longer timelines than our exhibition and residency programs. Its intent is to move from one form of communicating to another: from the more informal oral tradition of storytelling to the more formal, structured oratorical style of speechifying and, finally, to writing itself.

Inasmuch as it follows our first four seasons of exhibitions and residencies, Amant views its publication program as something akin to a “fifth season,” once described by the ancient Roman poet Albucius as undefined and movable time devoted to reflection and integration of the past into the present. Through storytelling and narration, our publication program will use unofficial public stories from the past as an exercise in “projective imagination,” a prefigurement, if you will, of the type of society we would prefer to live in now, if we could, not in some distant future. One of the enduring strengths of the literary imagination is its ability to rearrange and reorganize time/space coordinates at will, thereby creating a new “disposition,” where the presently prevailing consensus that capitalizes and underpins our lives can be questioned and perhaps refuted.

The program emphasizes practitioners coming from the disciplines of theory, poetry, literature, and critical art writing, with “legacy” contributions from writers and poets such as the late Jayne Cortez, Carolina M. de Jesus, and Alexandra Kollontai, to mention just a few. All will help shape future projects and exhibitions.