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An open letter to IFP visitors

Dear IFP visitors:

Since 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are forced to change our approach to residency at IFP. While we no longer have a physical workspace in Beijing, we've set up a project space in Shunde, Guangdong, where our archives reside. Despite these shifts, residency and cultural exchange remains a cornerstone of our practice, one that has fueled our endeavors for over a decade. 

For IFP, residency is more than just a program — it's about embracing a dynamic and inspiring way of working. It bridges the gap and fosters continuous dialogue and exchange between the 'local' and the 'foreign', the 'other' and the 'indigenous'. We actually believe that the distinction of these labels is merely relative. What truly fascinates us is the transformations that takes place in the intersection between these seemingly distinct identities. In doing so, we cultivate intercultural practice that enriches and empowers both our residents and the communities with which they engage.

If you're inspired by our prospect of residency as such a working method, we invite you to share your ideas and enter into a dialogue with us. Our approach has evolved beyond the traditional application-review-selection process; instead, we seek a collaboration that grows out of mutual understanding and living experiences.

So, if you're ready to embark on a roaming journey of discovery and collaboration, we're here for it.

Warm regards,

IFP members: Song Yi, Shuyu Chen



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