Melbourne artist to take up residency in Prato

Rosetzky work

How to Feel, 2011, by David Rosetzky

Melbourne-based David Rosetzky, one of Australia’s foremost video artists, has been named the 2013 Monash University Prato Centre (MUPC) artist-in-residence.

The first participant in the new program, now hosted by MUPC in partnership with the Monash Faculty of Art Design & Architecture (MADA), Mr Rosetzky will spend three months in Prato from September.

“I am very excited to be chosen as artist-in-residence at Monash University in Prato. It is an inspiring place where I will be able to develop new ideas and processes as well as work on current projects,” Mr Rosetzky said.

“I am looking forward to engaging with the Monash students and local arts community, visiting museums and galleries and building on my professional networks in Europe.”

In creating his installations, videos and photographs which often focus on the theme of identity, Mr Rosetzky works with practitioners in theatre, dance, film and sound. His new works will be exhibited at the end of the residency. 

Dean of MADA Professor Shane Murray said the collaboration was a fantastic opportunity for engagement across the University's Caulfield Art Precinct, the Prato Centre and local communities.

“I am delighted David has been selected; his ongoing explorations of identity, culture and belonging are particularly relevant to the spirit of the residency,” Professor Murray said.

“I am sure his residency will inspire MADA students undertaking the fine art and architecture programs at Prato.”

The MUPC Visual Residency Program offers established and emerging creative practitioners the opportunity to further develop their skills, undertake research and engage with local institutions and industry in Prato for three months. The residency aligns with MADA’s Prato programs for fine art, design and architecture students.

Director of the Prato Centre, Dr Cecilia Hewlett, said the program was designed to foster cultural exchanges between the Prato community and Australian, and international, artists.

“Prato's location in Europe, its rich artistic patrimony and the city's multicultural community make a highly inspirational setting,” Dr Hewlett said.

"I look forward to welcoming David to Prato and observing his creative process."

Mr Rosetzky has an extensive exhibition history both in Australia and overseas. His ‘Portrait of Cate Blanchett’ (2008) was exhibited in The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video at the International Centre for Photography in New York.

Previous artists-in-residence at the Centre have included photomedia artist Jo-Anne Duggan, Chinese painter, Cai Kequn, and Maree Clarke who created a traditional Indigenous ‘possum skin’ cloak using Prato textiles.

Predominantly aimed at Australian artists, the program will involve a competitive selection process from 2014. Applications will open on 1 June 2013. For more information about the program, visit the MUPC website.