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recent artwork…

Made a piece of work for the opening of our UNIDEE residence its called, Self Referential Bag, made to be worn during the event by Jeanne van Heeswijk who acted as a kind of live performer for the opening:

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The concept was taken from my notebook kept throughout the residency, here is my original “drawing”:

portrait of a (dis)functional family

 archive(photo by richard legaspi)

…portrait of a (dis)functional family…some of us anyway. So we live together, eat together, work together, everything together in this weird art bubble that is the art residency, all day everyday. Everything is accelerated as there is a life span of 4 months for this (dis)functional family and for sure you will experience every kind of emotion known to mankind…sometimes in the same day…It’s my 10th year collaborating with Cittadellarte, and 10 years since i first came here to participate as an artist in the UNIDEE residency and now five years that i have worked as artist on staff, living with different groups of artists seeing/ living the same situations and every year also very different ones…too bad i cant write everything down here, i do have some good stories…

daily rituals…

Carrying on from the previous post:

To engage with the public and to advertise our presence as well as to invite people to our public event at the end of our stay, a daily ritual was performed in La Pigna and Sanremo during the period of 21-25 august. There was also a strong performative element to this daily ritual. It was noted that we made more impact and provoked more interest when we moved as a group dressed in the uniform of UNIDESCO. Each day different members of the group took turns to plan our route and what we might do during our procession through the streets, sometimes it involved a declaration of our presence and an invite to join us in Piazza Santa Brigida for a public debate on 25 August (in Italian, Arabic, French, English…) using a portable loudspeaker, another time it involved unfurling the UNIDESCO banner at Piazza Cassini, the main gate of La Pigna…

carry each other…

Wanted to post about the work of Ekaterina Craftsova, she was one of the UNIDEE residents i worked with this year. This is her film “carry each other” about older people and their carers in Biella which she made during her 4 month stint with us. It is absolutely beautiful…

Carry each other from Ekaterina Craftsova on Vimeo.

bamboo and united nations…

…so now the space that was studio to our artists is changing again, now we are deep into installation territory, as our open studio event takes place this Saturday…a challenging time i will admit…its not easy dealing with 15 individuals all trying to show…some are easier than others, but always at this time of year i feel a little like a one woman united nations…a  Kofi-Boutros-Ban Ki trying to resolve territorial and personal disputes…however it is always a learning experience…and in between there are nice moments…like Cai Weidong and his bamboo for his installation…with which he took over the studio for an afternoon…

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…and his impromptu tea house…