Visiting Artist Residency

Upcoming cycle: July - December 2017
Application deadline: May 1st, 2017 (25$ Fee)

About the Visiting Artist Residency:

The Visiting Artist Residency allows artists to explore their practice and share their artistic experience with the Brooklyn Art Space and Trestle community. Each cycle,  one artist receives free Brooklyn Art Space Semi-Private studio membership for six months. The Visiting Resident Artist leads one art talk and one critique or workshop during the residency. 

Who this residency is ideal for:

Established artists who would like to have a space to make work, while interacting with the Trestle & BAS community.

*Please note: we do not provide housing*

A self-portrait of Tahir Karmali

Current Visiting Artist

Tahir Karmali

Tahir Carl Karmali, born and raise in Nairobi, Kenya now based in Brooklyn, NY. He began him as an ink painter, combining abstract painting with portraits. Tahir picked up the camera as a creative outlet while he traveled and worked in Asia and Europe. In 2013, he moved into a studio at Kuona Trust in Nairobi to concentrate on his practice and began mixing his painting and photography practice. His first solo exhibit “Value” was a provocative show in Kenya, where he depicted male sex workers that was later shown at Brooklyn College. Working closely with found object artists and sculptors, Karmali was inspired to create his exhibit “Jua Kali” – that won the POPCAP ’15 Prize for Contemporary African Photography and shown at Art Basel. His work is also part of the “Making Africa” Exhibit currently showing at the Guggenheim in Bilbao. Karmali attained his Masters of Digital Photography at SVA and continues to experiment with mixed media and digital photography. He continues to explore themes around socioeconomic and ethnicities - his practice now includes paper making and photo transfer. In 2016 he completed Visual Artist Residency at BRIC in Brooklyn and MacDowell, where he explored identity through pre and post-independence national identification documents. He continues this project in 2017 at the Trestle visiting artist residency.