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Rogelio Salmona Fellowship

Rogelio Salmona Fellowship Archivo Nacional / photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona

Archivo Nacional / photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona

Following the success of the Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship in Brazil, the British Council has initiated the Rogelio Salmona Fellowship, an annual programme aiming to foster links between the UK and Colombia through residencies for British practitioners. The Fellowship gives the opportunity for UK-based architects, designers and artists to travel to Colombia to explore the work of Rogelio Salmona (1927-2007), one of Latin America's most influential modern architects.

Rogelio Salmona is recognised for his use of local materials and his celebration of the civic role of architecture. Born in Paris in 1927, a city that would later shape his work, Salmona started his studies at the National University of Colombia, although he soon moved back to Paris to study and work at Le Corbusier’s workshop while studying Modern Art History with Jean Cassou, and Sociology of Art with Pierre Francastel at the Sorbonne. This period fashioned Salmona’s ideological and political stance on architecture and the city. He returned to Bogotá in 1958, and started working on individual and family housing as well as large urban housing projects; they represent his search for a different rapport to urban space.

Salmona has built an impressive number of projects, and has created what is overall regarded as a coherent body of work. He consistently maintained a series of universal doubts, quests, and intentions, which he decided to resolve and to explore locally. Among those quests was his desire to construct a place beyond immediate determinations, a space moulded by its geographical, historical and social context, suggesting an innovative approach to space.

Torres del Parque, the National Archives, the Virgilio Barco Library, and the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Centre are among Samona’s most influential works. Salmona’s extensive and rigorous professional practice, as well as his new vision of architecture and its urban and social role, have made him a prominent figure in Latin American architecture.

Starting in 2017, the annual programme is organised by the British Council and coordinated by the Colombian cultural foundation Más Arte Más Acción in partnership with Fundación Rogelio SalmonaMuseo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá (MamBO) and Universidad de Caldas.

Location
Colombia

OPEN CALL: Rogelio Salmona Fellowship

OPEN CALL: Rogelio Salmona Fellowship Torres del Parque / photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona

Torres del Parque / photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona

12 April 2017

The British Council is seeking applications from architects and designers who have an interest in exploring the work of Rogelio Salmona and other architects and designers in Colombia for the Rogelio Salmona Fellowship.

Applications from practitioners in fields other than architecture and design are also welcome to apply (e.g. art; curatorial studies; history; social sciences or philosophy as well as architectural conservation and restoration; urban planning, architecture or design history or criticism).

The Rogelio Salmona Fellowship, alongside the Julio Vilamajó Residency in Uruguay, follows the success of the Lina Bo Bardi Fellowship in Brazil.

The Fellowship seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the important contribution of Salmona to architecture, culture and society in Colombia and across the region; to widen and deepen the understanding of his work internationally, to create long-term connections between the UK and Colombia, and between British and Colombian designers and architects, providing a development opportunity for talented British practitioners.

The Rogelio Salmona Fellowship is organised by the British Council and coordinated by Más Arte Más Acción, in partnership with Fundación Rogelio Salmona, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá and Centro Cultural Universitario Rogelio Salmona - Universidad de Caldas.

 The Residency

While in Colombia, the designer in residence will be offered accommodation and access to a network of key contacts. They will be encouraged to visit all of Salmona’s built projects, to study the archive of his work, and to speak with people who have studied his life. A study of the work of other architects and designers, as well as Colombian culture as a whole, is also encouraged. The residency will be split between Bogotá and the Colombian Pacific Coast, and may include other cities in Colombia according to the proposed itinerary by the selected Fellow.

In addition to any specific areas that applicants would like to research, possible lines of enquiry in Rogelio Salmona’s work include:

  • Architecture and citizenship;
  • History and memory;
  • Environment and nature;
  • Craft and materials;
  • Public realm.

Applicants must be able to travel to Colombia for a period of 5-6 weeks between 15 July and 15 September 2017 (arriving in Bogotá before 15 August 2017).

How to Apply

Further information on the Fellowship and on how to apply detailed on the Open Call document

The deadline for submissions is 16:00 (GMT) on Friday 19 May 2017.

6 July 2017

Rogelio Salmona Fellow 2017: Freya Cobbin

Rogelio Salmona Fellow 2017: Freya Cobbin Biblioteca Publica / PHOTO BY ENRIQUE GUZMÁN © FUNDACIÓN ROGELIO SALMONA

Biblioteca Publica / PHOTO BY ENRIQUE GUZMÁN © FUNDACIÓN ROGELIO SALMONA

12 April 2017

New ADF Residencies in Latin America

New ADF Residencies in Latin America Archivo General de la Nación, Bogotá / photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona

Archivo General de la Nación, Bogotá / photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona

12 April 2017

OPEN CALL: Julio Vilamajó Residency

OPEN CALL: Julio Vilamajó Residency Ventorrillo de la Buena Vista/ photo by Nicolas Barriola (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Ventorrillo de la Buena Vista/ photo by Nicolas Barriola (CC BY-SA 3.0)

12 April 2017

OPEN CALL: Rogelio Salmona Fellowship

OPEN CALL: Rogelio Salmona Fellowship UNAL / photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona

UNAL / photo by Enrique Guzmán © Fundación Rogelio Salmona