WOMCOM will offer 4 residencies with slightly different programs. Imagined as co-working and co-creation spaces, each residency will bring together 12 artists (mostly women) for 2 weeks, under the guidance of mentors. The resident, will have the opportunity to work on their project, to create 5 to 9 pages of comics that will be exhibited during the 2 weeks of the residency, to print their work in the anthology and to share it on the WOMCOM digital platform.
Each program will provide the following:
Co-creation support, mentoring, and networking
Subsistence, accommodation and contribution to travel costs of up to 200€
New contacts and fun
1st Residence: 2023 24 August – 7 September, Novi Sad, Serbia
The residency in Novi Sad will be mentored by Jana Adamović Kordej and Dragana Garic Jovičić.
Jana Adamović Yana is a Serbian comic book author and illustrator. She publishes her comics all over Europe and in the USA. She exhibited at numerous exhibitions, and she is also the author of the group exhibition “Ona se budi / BD Egalite” (“She Wakes / Comics Equality”) promoting visibility of women comic creators. With various initiatives, but also with her works, talent and authentic style, Yana breaks down barriers and advocates for the promotion and empowerment of female comic artists and illustrators in our country. She is the winner of several awards for comics. In 2019 she was granted the title of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Republic of France.
Dragana Garić Jovičić is a curator and art historian. Graduated from the Department of Art History of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade on the thesis entitled “Fashion and emancipation in the female visual culture of Serbia and Vojvodina at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century“ for which she received the Pavle Beljanski Memorial Collection Award for the best work at the Department in the academic year 2006/2007. She worked as a journalist and art history professor. Since 2012, she has been employed at the Museum of Vojvodina as a curator and art historian. She published over 100 articles and curated numerous exhibitions.
After the selection of artists, moderators will define the methodology of residency according to the needs and the profile of artists.
The exhibition of the residents’ works will be open on September 7th, 2023 in the SKCNS Fabrika venue and will be the opening event of the International WOMCOM Conference, which is part of the 17th Novi Sad Comic Book Weekend.
2nd Residence: 2023 17 September – 1 October, Zánka (at lake Balaton) and Budapest, Hungary
Our residency offers a program for comic artists who enjoy creating away from the city, who would enjoy meeting local artists, and who are curious about connecting dance and movement with creation.The residents will work on their comics individually and will connect at regular sessions. They will also have a chance to meet members of the Hungarian comics and zine scene. The 12 residents will share their time between Zánka, a town by Hungary’s biggest lake, Balaton, and Budapest. They will have the possibility to visit the comics related programme of PesText festival in Budapest. The mentors of the program are Márton Hegedűs and Eszter Szép.
Márton Hegedűs is a comic book artist, graphic designer and animation film director based in Budapest, Hungary. He has worked as an illustrator and designer of leading magazines, children’s books and textbooks. Besides his own animated short films, he makes applied animations for television and theatre. He has made several comic strip series for printed and online media. His graphic novel Slussz Kulcs Klán (Car Key Clan) published in 2012 was awarded Graphic Novel of the Year. He worked as a coordinator/moderator and jury member in animation and comic art competitions. He regularly teaches courses on creating comics, wherein he aims to combine professional knowledge with a focus on the creativity and individuality of the students. https://martonhegedus53.wixsite.com/hegedusmarton https://martonhegedus53.wixsite.com/kepregeny
Eszter Szép works for the promotion and advancement of comics in various roles. She teaches comics, visual culture studies, and creative writing at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest and at Milestone Institute of Advanced Studies, Budapest. She is super proud of her students. She has edited two publications of her students’ comics (Igaz volt egyáltalán?, 2022; It Used To Be Easy, 2022). She is the director of the International Comics Festival Budapest and she is usually organizing the next event, be it an exhibition or a discussion. She has been a judge of the Mahmoud Kahil Arab Comics Award in 2023 and is the yearly judge of the Hungarian comics awards for almost a decade now. She often writes about comics for international and Hungarian websites and is the author of Comics and the Body: Drawing, Reading, and Vulnerability (Ohio State University Press, 2020). Further info at eszterszep.com and on Instagram @szep__eszter.
The occasional dance/movement sessions will be held by Márta Ladjánszki, contemporary dance artist. Further info at www.martaatwork.com No training or qualifications in dance are required! We will use movement and music to generate creative ideas.
The exhibition of the residents’ works will open on 30 September at the extraordinary venue of Bakelit Multi Art Center. We cannot wait to work with you!