The Gum Rose is flowering every where. It´s Springtime in Alentejo and we have started the residency season of 2021.
For an impression of residencies in 2020 check the 2020 page . More info on the current situation and our policy concerning Covid is on our covid page.
Sherry Wiggins (USA) and Luís Branco (Portugal) won the first price with "Outside Woman", a photo from a great body of work shot in 2019 at OBRAS and surroundings. The winning photo is now shown in the group exhibition "Eye of the Camera - MYTHS AND LEGENDS" at Littleton Museum, Colorado USA (19 March - 24 April).
The photo will also be shown in Portugal, although only in 2022, as part of “The Mirror between Us”, a large duo-exhibition by Sherry Wiggins and Luís Branco (Igreja de S Vicente, Évora, April, May 2022): see this page for more info on this exhibition.
At the moment, Sherry has a second to celebrate: she finished her book The Unknown Heroine. It is now in print. An exhibition on this project will be at Michael Warren Contemporary (Denver, USA) from March 9th to April 17th, during Month of Photography.
The Unknown Heroine is a project of performative photography by Sherry (performer) and Luis Branco (photographer), that was executed in 2019 in the residence of OBRAS-Holland. The images suggest to portray a middle aged woman that dreams of a grand and compelling life, but is trapped in her role as housewife: she seems to doubt whether this is caused by society or by herself. She lives in a confusing mix of facts and fantasies, of existential wishes and of deep fears.
The project is deeply inspired by the work of Claude Cahun (1894 – 1954), a French feminist and surrealist multi-media artist. In her book Sherry writes a letter to Claude Cahun. Cydney Payton contributed with an essay on the work of Sherry.
The Unknown Heroine is part of a cluster of projects on performative photography that Sherry executed with Luís Branco over a period of 6 years. Another part will be exhibited in 2022 in Évora (see this page).
Ingrid Simons was scheduled to have an exhibition in 2020 in the prestigious Galeria D. Dinis of the Municipal museum of Estremoz, but COVID made this impossible. So, we rescheduled it to April-June 2021. But some days ago we decided together with the director of the Museum and Ingrid that also this new period is too optimistic. It will now be in spring 2022.
It is such a pity, because the exhibition of 2020 was also meant to be a celebration of her tenth residency: see the video for an impression. The exhibition will show a compilation of earlier works, but emphasizes her recent developments.
Ingrid paints half-abstract landscapes. Her Portuguese experiences had a profound impact on her approach and style. Her aim is to deconstruct her first impressions and then reconstructing a new reality which reveals the essence of the landscape. In recent years Ingrid shifted from interpreting nature to experiencing nature. As a result, she now paints more intuitively. Her landscapes have become more abstract in form and color.
Although her specialty is painting, Ingrid also experiments with ceramics, video and most recently with textile prints.