The New Dictionary of Old Ideas: residencies


Prague, Szczecin
June-August 2019

The Spanish and Georgian artists, selected through a previous open call, are now at a residency in Prague (until July 31). In August, they will
continue their residencies in Szczecin, Poland.

It is intended to expand the ongoing investigation through a residency exchange program directed to curators and artists, and an exhibition that will take place throughout 2019 and 2020.The project comprises three main phases:

  • Symposium (november 2018)
  • Residencies: Erik Beltrán, Verónica Lahite and Elena Lavellés (Spain); Katharina Stadler, Sandro Sulaberidze and Nino Zirakashvili (Georgia), Adela Součková and Jiří Žák (Czech Republic), Irmina Rusicka (Poland).
  • Final exhibitions curated by Alba Folgado (Spain) and Data Chigholashvili (Georgia) that will tour in each of the four countries headquarters in 2020.


The New Dictionary of Old Ideas has been founded as a network by East European partners in 2017. In the course of the centuries, this concept has changed many times its geographic and political dimensions. The main aim of the project is to work around this topic as a direct response to the current cultural and political situation in Europe, with the strong rise of nationalism, EU-skepticism and anti-immigration attitudes. With its expansion, the new goal is to take the project to the next level where the topic of local identity is confronted with two diametrically different perspectives - represented by hablarenarte, Spain and Silk Museum, Georgia.



  • Praga / jun - jul 2019 - MeetFactory
  • Szczecin / ago -  2019 - Trafostacja
  • Tbilisi / sep - oct 2019 - Silk Museum
  • Madrid / nov- dec 2019 - Hablarenarte / CentroCentro

Exhibitions + events

  • Praga  / feb-mar  2020
  • Szczecin / abril - mayo 2020
  • Madrid / jun-sept - 2020
  • Tbilisi/ oct-nov 2020



International: MeetFactory (República Checa) // Trafostacja Sztuki (Polonia) // Silk Museum(Georgia) // Hablarenarte

National: CentroCentro


Spanish curator

Alba Folgado

Spanish curator and researcher based in Uppsala, Sweden. In 2016 and 2017 Folgado was awarded the Botin Foundation grant for curatorial studies. She has worked in collaboration with Moderna Museet in Stockholm, and with Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo in Madrid for the Convention on the Use of Space. Prior to this, she was part of the team of Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam.

Folgado’s practice is concerned with addressing issues of current social and political interest, as well as connecting with critical and non-hegemonic discourses. Currently, she is researching how the structures that rule contemporary cities affect people’s lives, and what responses artists and activists develop to challenge their physical and social boundaries.


Artists based in Spain

Erick Beltrán

Erick (1974) develops an approach combining archive, activism and publishing, which deconstructs systems of representations to question communication tools, political implications of visual culture, and systems of translation from language to another. Beltrán reproduces and distributes images that create political, economical and cultural discourses in the contemporary society. Lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. + info


Elena Lavellés

Her work is research and fieldwork-based and explores the intersection between social and geological layers. She focuses on capitalism expansion, policies of extraction of natural resources linked to the logic of power and transnational exploitation, as well as social resistance movements and their associated displacements, to create installations, in which she uses video, photography, performance, drawings, and archival material. Lavellés has exhibited her work in solo and group shows in Los Angeles, New York, Singapore, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Madrid. Lives and works in NY, Mexico City and Madrid. + info



Veronica Lahitte (Buenos Aires, 1980)

Her work investigates forms of writing, enunciation and disappropriation, establishing specific logics designed for each context. She has a Masters in Critical Theory and Museum Studies (PEI, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona) and a Masters in Literature Theory and Comparative Literature (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona).She has presented her work in museums and art centres such as Palais de Glace (Buenos Aires), Kunstuniversität (Linz), Württ. Kunstverein Stuttgart, Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi (Copehague), Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and Arts Santa Mónica (Barcelona), among others. She was part of the collective, and founding member of Diásporas críticas. She recently published the book “Wagschale der Zeit und Ewigkeit” (V___erlag für Handbücher, 2018. + info

With the support of:

Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

Activity organised with the support of the Madrid City Council's grant for contemporary creation and national and international mobility (2018-21).

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