Finally, after 120 days of drought, the winter rains arrived. Nature sheers of joy but the sun does not give up.
OBRAS started its winter break. This newsletter has a video impression of the artistic residencies of 2022 and tells about the most recent residencies. Earlier ones are on page 2022.
On 7 December the EC decided that Evora will become the European Capital of Culture in 2027. A great achievement and a great challenge for “our” city. According to the jury, key for this victory was the theme that Evora choose: “vagar”, which means wander without hurry. It refers to the vision that “slow” can bring better quality in daily live.
From 2025 onwards, we have the intention to focus on special projects, rather than on residencies. In that scope we are currently considering how to participate. Suggestions are welcome.
On 10 September we had a great Open Studio at OBRAS in Evoramonte. The participating artists were Jane Flett, Sophie Tassignon, Iuliia Bugalova, Michael O`Boyle,Stella Whalley and James Bell.
Apart from studio visits, Jane recited some of her poems, James showed a movie of him submerged in the landscape (and later his movie that recently was rewarded) and Sophie sang some of her compositions. A highlight was also a performance of Iulia painting and Sophia singing. A video compilation will soon be presented in an update of this newsletter. On the residents 2022 page are more images and the statements of the participating artists.
As part of the Open Studio, Iuliia did a action painting performance, in interaction with singing by Sophie. The slideshow gives an impression. A video compilation will soon be ready.
Inspired by the human-like shapes of the oak trees, Stella Whalley and James Bell created a video showing a mysterious character that pops up in marble quarries, oak plantations and dirt roads. At the Open Studio, the video was projected on the outside wall of Stella´s studio.
A year go, in October 2021 Luc van der Velde (Belgium) made a series of land-art installations dedicated to combining natural with artificial materials (see residents 2021). One was a 2x4 meters jute tissue soaked in with local clay. He hung it in a small canyon. First it looked like a stiff banner, but with time the clay disappeared, sun bleached and wind damaged the tissue, in other words it merged into the landscape. It is now October 2022, a full year later. We decided to take the piece down accepting that not all art is immortal.
Abby McGuane (Canada) came to OBRAS to work in Portuguese marble. We just made a video impression. More about Abby and her project is on the residents 2022 page.