It is getting dry now. We harvested our first summer crops: artichoke and apricots. But June is bringing us much more.
On 6 June we had the opening of the exhibitions of Rob Monaghan and Katharina Fröschl-Roßboth, and a dance performance by Phyllis Akinyi and Stephan Jarl.
Around eight residents are working on their art projects.
The opening of the exhibitions was highlighted by an impressive performance by Phyllis Akinyi (dance) and Stephan Jarl (percussion).
Phyllis started her performance by walking through the two exhibitions and continued on a stage together with Stefan Jarl in the patio of the Palacio Barocal (Evora). The performance deals with identity, cultural roots and tradition, but also refers to the liberation of the feminine. Phyllis is a Danish / Kenyan performer who works mainly as flamenco dancer in Scandinavia and Spain. In this performance she mixed flamenco with Scandinavian post-modernity and Kenyan ritual dance.
For Rob Monaghan (Ireland) organised an exhibition Architecture of Void in the INATEL Gallery in Évora (6 June- 12 August). A slideshow with highlights is below. More imagrs will be added in the next update of this newsletter.
In 2017 and 2018 Rob explored the abandoned marble quarries with photography, video, collecting “found objects” and by swimming in some of the quarry lakes.
Although several more works will be exhibited, with no doubt the central piece is a video showing a performance by Phyllis Akinyi (Denmark), partly staying at the edge of a ravine and partly standing in a lake. Rob created a highly artistic staging and Phyllis made a breath-taking performance. The video has a sound composition by Miguel Noya (Venezuela), who also last year had a residency with us.
Also in the INATEL Gallery, but in another place Katharina Fröschl-Roßboth has an exhibition with photos and some small installations. During several residencies in different countries Katharina made seven photo portraits of 31-years old women. She focused on their daily life and on the feeling of many women that an age of round 31 is a turning point. One of the portraits is of Mara, an Évora based fado singer. A slideshow with highlights of this exhibition is below. Soon some more images will be added.