Only 5 corona infections have been detected in Alentejo (our province). Positive is also that our centre is isolated in the middle of nature: social distancing can easily be realized. We closely monitor the developments as the health of our residents is our top priority. We are well prepared for all situations.
We start the residency program only by the end of April (or later if new reasons pop up; on 14 April the region will decide if restrictions can be lifted).
We postponed the exhibition of Sherry Wiggins and Luís Branco.
While spring is exceptionally dry and hot we are working on two exhibitions that are scheduled for this year. This newsletter tells about these exhibitions, about the first residents of 2020 and about results of previous residencies.
Vintani Nafassi (Mozambique, currently living in South Africa) is a gifted singer-songriter. His goal is to modernise traditional African music. As a basis he uses melodies from a variety of Southern African states, but also songs that he learned from his grandma. He brought two Mbiras (finger harp) with which he accompanied his singing. And he impressed all by making two African harps and an African guitar, all in a few days and made of left over building materials that he found in Ludger´s workshop. On 16 February he granted us a full concert. His audience was exited. A video impression with soon be published on this website.
Also on 16 February the trio VaDiS (Andreia Vaz: violin, Mauro Dilema: piano and Beate Schnaithman: cello) played a concert dedicated to tango: Peter Ludwig, Astor Piazzolla and Miguel del Aguila. They played full of passion because of the type of music, but surely also because it was the try out for future concerts of this newly born trio. We all felt honored to join it.
Carla Gonzalez (Portugal, currently living in Cape Town, South Africa) is working on a rural development project in a nature reserve in Mozambique. Goal is creating a better future for both nature and people. As Carla knows the local communities from previous projects she is now largely responsible for monitoring the societal results. The communities live a very sustainable life with a near-to-zero-ecological footprint, but their life is also harsh, with risks that are technically avoidable. This makes defining criteria for monitoring the results much more than an administrative job.
Central theme for Carla is bringing balance. She applies this in her professional and personal life. And in her passion: gong massage (in this case a balance between body and mind; she recently got her certification).
Photographer Sharyn Bachleda (USA) had a residency at OBRAS Holland. Apart from working on a portfolio book with her favorite works of the past four years, she was developing a vision on a new phase in her career. She found the perfect conditions for this job: she found, in her own words, peace in solitude and slowed down.
Sharyn also collaborated with an artist workplace in Arnhem: Plaatsmaken. She used their dark room and wrote a review on one of their exhibitions.