PLAND, Practice Liberating Art through Necessary Dislocation, was an off-the-grid residency program that supported the development of experimental and research-based projects in the context of the Taos mesa. PLAND found its inspiration in a legacy of pioneers, entrepreneurs, homesteaders, artists, and other counterculturalists who – through both radical and mundane activities – reclaimed and reframed a land-based notion of the American Dream. Part alternative school, part laboratory, part homestead, part art studio, PLAND was an active solution for merging art into life.
PLAND was founded in 2009 by Erin Elder, Nina Elder, and Nancy Zastudil. During the 5 year experiment of PLAND, nearly 20 artists participated in the residency program, and many more engaged through work parties and off-site projects. PLAND was subject of many articles and interviews, featured in several exhibitions, university lectures, and conferences. PLAND was supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts; the McCune Foundation; and The Idea Fund, part of Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’ regional regranting program; among others. PLAND was a semi-finalist and a finalist for support from Creative Capital. https://itspland.wordpress.com/