OBRAS experienced an amazing spring burst of nature in 2021 (see the video above).
Within the limitations of the COVID-new-normal we were able to start up the residency program.
With seven actors and a technical crew of three, Mónica de Miranda (Portugal) was shooting her film A ILJA: a visual poem on the unknown history of slavery in Alentejo, Portugal. One of the actors is her daughter Jara.
Mónica came in December and February for selecting sites and other pre-production activities. Most of the screening was done in April at OBRAS and direct surroundings. Her film is full of metaphors, including the damage to nature caused by marble quarrying as a metaphor for the damage of black lives. Also, an actor is carrying a suitcase with soil and water from his home country.
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 was shown in March-April in the exhibition "Eye of the Camera - MYTHS AND LEGENDS" at Littleton Museum, Colorado USA.
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.
Sherry also just published her book The Unknown Heroine. It is now in print. An exhibition on this project was in March-April at Michael Warren Contemporary (Denver, USA).
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.
See more on the residencies and exhibitions of Sherry Wiggins at OBRAS on this page.