Lago Mio is taking a break

Lago Mio Lugano artist residency above the roofs of the old town comprises ten rooms on 250 m2. The Lake view apartment, first artist residency in the old town of Lugano, Switzerland, was founded in 2018 by Carlotta Zarattini & Benedikt Wyss, and 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 a 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). As our first 2022 resident, we welcomed Ukrainian musician Sergey Onischenko (Make Like A Tree). Lago Mio has been hosting SouvenirSouvenir, a program of micro-residencies for Swiss Art Awards participants, curated by Sonnenstube Offspace. We became an official partner residency of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, hosting Palestinian painter, photographer and filmmaker Mohamed Harb. After an open call to all Swiss art schools, Zurich-based artist Gaia Del Santo moved in with us.

Lago Mio artist residency is taking a break in 2023.

Lago Mio
Lugano artist residency
Via Cattedrale 15
6900 Lugano

Carlotta Zarattini (host)
Benedikt Wyss (curator)


Exhibition photography: Anadu Armstrong Madison 2019 © Nicolas Gysin

Exhibition photography: Lago Mio 2019, Nicolas Gysin

13. February 2023

Lago Mio artist residency is taking a break in 2023. Until further notice, we do not offer residences. …mehr

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


Lago Mio
Lugano artist residency
Via Cattedrale 15
6900 Lugano


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