In February 2022, Brazilian writer Ricardo Domeneck will take up his position as writer in residence at NIAS, The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. He is taking over from Tommy Wieringa, who worked as WiR at the NIAS for six months before him. Both authors are staying there at the invitation of the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the NIAS.
Foto Ricardo Domeneck: Paul Mecky. Foto Tommy Wieringa: Stephan Vanfleteren.
Ricardo Domeneck (b. São Paulo, Brazil, 1977) will stay at NIAS from February to June 2022 to explore Brazilian-Dutch history. His literary text will be inspired by objects from the colonial era that can still be found in Dutch museums: the 17th-century paintings by Frans Post about Brazilian flora and fauna, and stuffed animals that have been brought to the Netherlands during scientific expeditions in Brazil. Ricardo Domeneck is a versatile artist who, in addition to poems and essays, also creates visual art, performances, music and videos. He has published eight collections of poetry and two collections of prose in Brazil, and his work has been translated into Spanish and German. A selection of his poems in Dutch, Het verzamelde lichaam, was published in 2015 by Uitgeverij Perdu.
During his residency, Wieringa worked on a new novel, set against the background of a century. The book is expected to be published by De Bezige Bij in the spring of 2023. Both Wieringa and Domeneck were nominated by their respective publishers, and have been selected on the basis of their (research)proposals and the publishers’ recommendations by both the Dutch Foundation for Literature and NIAS.
Writer-in-residence programme NIAS and Dutch Foundation for Literature
Writer in residence programme NIAS-KNAW and Dutch Foundation for Literature
The programme is part of a longstanding collaboration between the Dutch Foundation for Literature and NIAS, which offers an intellectual haven to scholars, artists, journalists and writers alike. Each year it proves to provide a fruitful and inspiring environment for interdisciplinary collaborations. Previous writers in residence include among others Dato Turashvili, Hagar Peeters, Ghayath Almadhoun, Lieve Joris, David Mitchell and David van Reybrouck.