Chen Haishu was born in 1986 in Fuzhou, China and is now based in Berlin, Germany. Chen focuses on the critical analyzes of condition of existence, social perception and collective memory in our modern society, especially under specific geo-political and natural conditions, and the role the media of photography plays in these situations. As a photographic artist in the era of image, Chen uses not only photography but also other medium, such as text, video, installation, performance, film and photobook in his works to recontextualize photography and leave it to the future as a visual document. Chen’s works have been shown in different exhibitions such as Istanbul Photobook Festival, PhotoIreland Festival, Festival for Photography Leipzig, Photobook Week Aarhus. He has been selected as the Finalist of New Talent Award 2016 and the 9th Three Shadows Photography Award. His photobook has been selected to the shortlist of Kassel Dummy Award 2017 and won the Project Funding with Spector Books.
For his residency, Chen Haishu will continue paying attention to the relation between nature and human. Chen plans to explore and experience the connection between water and the local society in Switzerland, and then based on this, to create new works reflecting this relation.
The residency of Chen Haishu is supported by Pro Helvetia Shanghai.
International artist mp Warming researches leading-edge ideas alongside prominent scientists, architects, and scholars. The American Museum of Natural History, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History and the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin have participated in her projects. Warming's art has been in exhibition at the 2009 Venice Biennale détournement and is in the permanent collections of the Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg and Foster + Partners’ Library at the Freie Universität Berlin. She is the founder of Art Science Exhibits artists' cooperative and has curated large-scale exhibitions on Nature Science at Yale University and, most recently, at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. While in residence at Villa Straeuli she is creating her art for the Art/NaturSci Pavilion that her group will exhibit at Palazzo Albrizzi for the 2019 Venice Biennale.
Bunu Dhungana discovered photography after leaving the world of academics and research. However, her background in sociology informs her photographic work. A graduate of JNU, Delhi, she is interested in questioning notions of gender and patriarchy. While she focuses on personal projects that centre around women’s issues, she has worked within a wide range – from visual ethnography, NGO/INGO work to commercial work. She is based out of Kathmandu, Nepal
Her residency is supported by Pro Helvetia in Dehli.