OPEN STUDIOS with Mohamed, Gaia, and Souvenir Souvenir on THURSDAY, 18 AUGUST 2022.

Recent exhibition: Tri-continental project 'Quilombo' English / Italian
Opening Hours: By appointment. Email

Our lake view residency above the roofs of the old town comprises ten rooms on 250 m2.

2022 Lago Mio is facing a vibrant 2022. From April to September we team up with the local Sonnenstube Offspace, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, and the Basel Kunstverein SALTS. In addition, we invite students from all Swiss art schools to apply for a summer residency with us. As our first resident, we welcomed the Ukrainian musician Sergey Onischenko (Make Like A Tree) in Mid-April, when he already performed at the opening of our tricontinental project Quilombo (the exhibition is open by appointment until mid/end of May). Details of all partnerships will follow here in due course.

Lago Mio, the first artist residency in the old town of Lugano, Switzerland, was founded in 2018 by Carlotta Zarattini & Benedikt Wyss, inaugurated in 2018/2019 with a sleep-over happening/installation by conceptual artist Johannes Willi. 2019 it opened its doors to three filmmaking artists: Chika Anadu, Zayne Armstrong, and Tobias Madison (resident in physical absence). For the 2020 late summer residency in August–October 2020, Lago Mio welcomed Johanna Bruckner, Till Langschied, and – as non-physical resident – Diana Lelonek. 2021/22 Lago Mio collaborated with SALTS (CH, Basel) and Waza art center Lubumbashi (DR Congo) in the coalition-based project «Quilombo» – hosting the artists Carolina Brunelli (CH/BRA), Joseph Kasau (with Stéphane Kabila, DRC), and Maya Quilolo (BRA), together with the non-physical residents, the artists Paulo Nazareth (BRA) and Wisrah Villefort (BRA).

Carlotta Zarattini (host)
Benedikt Wyss (curator)

Lago Mio
Lugano artist residency
Via Cattedrale 15
6900 Lugano


Exhibition photography: Anadu Armstrong Madison 2019 © Nicolas Gysin

Exhibition photography: Lago Mio 2019, Nicolas Gysin

12. August 2022

On Thursday, August 18, starting at 7 pm, we want to celebrate with you! Together with the resident artists Mohamed Harb, Mia Sanchez and Gaia Del Santo, and our partners Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council and Sonnenstube Offspace we in …mehr

20. April 2022

Lago Mio summer residency Residency: 18 June – 17 August 2022 Application deadline: May 8 Selection date: May 15 The Lago Mio Lugano artist residency invites all Fine Arts students from Swiss art schools to apply for a two-month summer …mehr

18. März 2022

Project Quilombo setting off on a trip around the world — next stop Lago Mio Lugano artist residency — please join us, with drinks & snacks Lago Mio Lugano artist residency Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 6pm Exhibition: 14 April – 31 …mehr


Lago Mio
Lugano artist residency
Via Cattedrale 15
6900 Lugano


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