It is very dry now. We harvested our summer crops: fig, peach and grapes.
On 12 August we closed the exhibitions of Rob Monaghan and Katharina Fröschl-Roßboth. And on 14 August our first resident of the second part of 2019 arrived.
This newsletter tells about the artists and their project in June and mentions the ones coming in August (OBRAS was closed in July).
The opening of the exhibitions on 6 June 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- 11 August). A slideshow with highlights is below.
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 are exhibited, with no doubt the central piece is a video showing a performance by Phyllis Akinyi, 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.
After the opening of her exhibition Katharina started a new subject for her residency. She was doing research on the role of the father in upbringing a child. She contemplated on his role in society and in the family, which often is made invisible. The first photos on this issue were very intriguing.
Geoffrey Stone (USA) was working on his second novel that tells the history of a family in the nineteenth century that tried to emigrate from Portugal to the USA, but was not accepted and ended up in São Paulo, Brazil. The story also traces back family traditions and the origin of the family name. But it may also tell about people whose dream does not come true but nevertheless does not get frustrated but enjoy the second best.
Ingrid Simons, painter from Holland, came back for her tenth residency! This time it was for two months and it became may be the most productive residency until now. The slideshow gives an impression. Ingrid paints half-abstract landscapes and she is increasingly successful and renown. In most recent years she is making a big shift: from interpreting the landscape she is experiencing the landscape. José Rodrigues dos Santos, a Portuguese friend is writing an essay on Ingrid’s work, and on contemporary landscape painting in general. During the Open Studio on 26 June he told about his vision and all were impressed. Ingrid is invited by the Estremoz Museum to have an exhibition in spring 2020 in the beautiful Dom Dinis Gallery.