ENCLAVE LAND ART

Edition

2021

concept of the residency

“Truly memory does not consist at all of a regression from the present to the past, but rather in a progress from the past to the present.” Bergson H., Matter and Memory, 2006. The power of intangibleness in art could be considered to be the core of creation and transformation: perception, habits, culture, language, time or memory can be channels used to define artistic research. This symbiosis between tangible and immaterial is what, along with history, builds the identity of a territory. There are many important elements in Vall de Gallinera apart from its geologic structure and its natural heritage, like for example the vestiges from prehistory up to the civil war, passing through Iberian villages, funerary steles and medieval castles. This historical legacy, traces of human beings along the millennia, has been preserved in this enclave thanks to its natural idiosyncrasy. They are the physical result of a non-linear time that presents a dialogue of human beings with nature through its layers. These layers could be metaphorically a book (nature itself) where the territory’s inhabitants have written their story and defined their identity. Nature has since forever been a spiritual source of research and inspiration for human beings. It is not a coincidence that one can see trees in the forms of the columns in the churches, or caves in the arches, and many other examples. This union appears represented in different styles and functions, and in what remains when time and various factors alter them. Due to this connection between absence/presence that is preserved nowadays, the inner identity has been reinforced with nature as witness. These are the elements that the selected artists will be invited to reinterpret through their projects. Enclave Land Art aims to start a new chapter, leaving a contemporary trace to continue this dialogue with the environment through contemporary art. The relationship with what remains, together with what is not visible but nonetheless is present and forms part of Vall de Gallinera’s people, represents who the locals are nowadays as a result of the path trodden.

ARTISTS

DAVID ORRICO

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    Teacher, designer, musician and multidisciplinary artist, David Orrico develops his work as a scenic designer covering a wide variety of genres.
    He has a degree in Fine Arts from the Polytechnic University of Valencia UPV and in Scenography from the Real Escuela Superior de Arte Dramático RESAD in Madrid, as well as in Design for Performance at the University of the Arts London. He currently maintains a constant activity in research and teaching related to the performing arts, music or installation art.

Lidia Meneghini

  • BIO

    LIDIA MENEGHINI is designer & artist who develops her projects between art and theater, mixing sculptural, collage and eclectic fashion elements which emphasise the structure of each piece created. 
    After seven years of workshop in sculpture, Lidia graduated in 2012 in Arts and Entertainment at IUAV (Venice). At the same year she won a scholarship for the master in “Bag Design and Product Development”, at IUAV, Venice. 
    In recent years, the background training in sculpture and experience in theater and the collaboration with CTRLZAK Art & Design studio (based in Milan) have been the occasion for the development of their professional skills. 
    Her works are in the field of cross between design & art and crafts. To develop every project Lidia tried to merge in all work the different disciplines in which she is specialized: often she use collage to develop a theme or create an idea, with careful construction and composition of the image to reach a coherent final solution.
    In 2016 she moved to Valencia, Spain, where she still collaborates in the costume department of Palau de les Arts Opera theater.

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Matthias Neumann

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    Matthias Neumann is an artist and architect based in the USA and Germany. His projects have been presented at venues such as Manifesta 8, the National Museum of Contemporary Art Romania, Queens Museum, Jule Collins Smith Museum, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, and Arte Laguna at the Venice Arsenale, among others, in addition to a significant number of public art installations throughout the US.
    He is the recipient of the Kaplan Director’s Award of the Cape Cod Museum of Art,, and a fellow at Mac Dowell Colony, the Lower Austrian Architecture Network, I-Park, and Vermont Studio Center. He currently teaches at the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College New York.

Elena Redaelli

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    Elena Redaelli moves along a fluid edge where craft, ecology, social practices and relational aesthetics merge. Artistic research and production extend the singular towards diffused, nomadic sites for encounters, discovery and memory. Her approach is based on a deep relationship with the place (site responsive, environmental art) and society (participatory projects). She explores the matter, transformation, processes of generation and decay involving different levels of control and challenging the boundaries of authorship and active intervention. Sometimes the material takes the lead; other times, the participants or the environment itself does. Valuing, researching and using ancient practices: hand-weaving, knitting, crochet, felting, embroidery and papermaking; she cares about environmental sustainability, studying and promoting natural, recycled and local materials. 

    She holds an MFA from UCA, London and a degree in Sculpture from the Rome Fine Art Academy. Since 2009 she’s been working as a professional artist, exhibiting her work internationally and developing her practice through several residency programs.

Álvaro Porras Soriano

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    Álvaro Porras Soriano (Ciudad Real, SP, 1992) deploys his artwork exchanging symbolic and somatic codes by practices related to experiences and art in public spaces . Like some kind of historical tale, his work make inroads through painting as a writing process into conceptualism, action and subtle interventions.
    He studied Fine Arts’ Degree at Cuenca’s Faculty (UCLM), Master in Visual and Artistic Practices (UCLM) and Master in Contemporary History and Visual Studies (Museo Reina Sofía + UCM). He had worked in cultural development projects such as Internet Moon Gallery and Espacio Blanco Blanco. Currently, he is PhD student in Art: Production and Research at UPV and he works as a cultural mediator and educator at IVAM’s Mediation Team.

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Rachel Harris

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    Rachel Harris is a Canadian multi-disciplinary artist living in Berlin. She works primarily in painting, sculpture, and installation. She brings a skepticism of the anthropocentric viewpoint of the world into her current work in order to shed light on different opportunities to perceive the world and all the beings incorporated within it through reinterpreted old ways and patterns of thinking. Her work focuses on sustainability, community, and rethinking the way in which we consider the natural world in order to illuminate how nature itself is intertwined into our being.
    Harris worked in conjunction with the Hands On Centre of the Art Gallery of Ontario from 2013-2015. She holds a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Ontario College of Art and Design. She is currently researching on several constraints regarding medicinal plant life, mycological questions, geological formations, wood species, and conservation concerns. Furthermore, she’s involved in intersectional ecofeminist and anthropogenic discourses.

Jordi NN

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    Jordi NN (1985) was born in Valencia, Spain. He studied multimedia arts in different art schools – design, photography, video, conceptual art as well as classical arts – sculpture, painting and drawing. Jordi received a B.A. from UPV, Valencia, after studying several years in UCM, Madrid and USAL, Salamanca.
    Since 2010 Jordi NN has participated in international exhibitions and also in interdisciplinary art projects in different countries like Taiwan, Norway, the U.S., the Netherlands, Germany, Latvia, Belgium, Greece, Lithuania, etc.
    In recent years Jordi NN is more known for his monumental ephemeral site-specific installations, where the elements and especially the fire play an important role. 

PROJECTS

Antes todo esto era campo

David Orrico

“Antes todo esto era campo” is an interactive installation, concert and experience in nature with reflective purposes for humans and plants in search of a possible reconnection.
Exploring the possibilities of a living interface such as plants in order to generate a multimedia instrument that allows us to interact with nature, asking ourselves about our relationship with nature and the place it currently occupies in our society, as well as look at technology as a way to get closer
and reconnect with natural rhythms.
“Antes todo esto era campo” is my grandfather and I on a summer night looking at the sky, asking ourselves questions about the insignificance of existing and the strange pain that it produces.

Entramado

Lidia Meneghini

My purpose is to make a site specific artwork, starting to identify with the inhabitants of the area a place of value and there create an installation that will have an aesthetic connotation and that serves as a meeting point and marks coexistence between artifact and environment.
To create a sculpture integrated with its environment, I will collect stones, branches and leaves to weave these elements, as in a vertical loom, connected with the trees and creating a new setting, a new spatial extension.
Eventually, to the net of branches I can add a part woven with fibers, leaves and other herbs collected in the area in order to incorporate the organic nature into my own creation.
The ultimate goal of this installation is that whoever travels this route can stop for a moment and contemplate a landscape where nature and artifact merge, which constitutes a perceptual experience with a strong emotional value for any visitor.

Camino Fantasma

Matthias Neumann

Over the past 6 years I have been engaged with a series of public interventions under the title “Basics”, exploring an abstracted notion of form, space and utility in public sculpture. The work to be realized for the third edition of Enclave Land Art residency under the title “camino fantasma “will take its departure form this ongoing series of work. Over the course of the 2 week residency I will construct and deconstruct 4 wooden structures along the Corrals de La Carroja. Each structure (fantasma) will be built in one day, exist for one day, and will be deinstalled on the third day; starting the process again, and again and again (4 times), until all 4 “ghost” structures have appeared. Each part of this process will be considered integral to the work, akin to a series of installations that are bracketed by a performative act (installation, de-installation, and moving of material to the next location) that can be considered in its totality as an ephemeral procession along the Corrals de La Carroja.

Infinite slowness

Elena Redaelli

Infinite slowness is a field research project accessible in each part of its development and fruition, an open-ended, process-based and performative act extended for two weeks of residency. Being generated by humans, non-human animals, and things welcomes diversity and a broad range of interconnections in continuously evolving ways. The project inquiries into the vitality of stones and their ability to move, reproduce, remember and communicate. It considers rocks and humans as entangled agent components, part of the environment at the same level of co-dependency. Rocks are layered stratification of time, encasing past memories, living archives of the Anthropocene. The human body is ephemeral and temporary, and the stone is durable and stable while performing its calm mutations. Let’s learn from the ancient, wise rocks!

Antigesta

Álvaro Porras Soriano

The project that will be developed during the residence could be defined as a series of scale and magnitude changes of Vall de Gallinera’s context. These changes will appear through a set of hybrid and diffuse processes such as tiny installations, fleeting actions, subtle gestures or thin interventions. In this way, Antigesta will generate multiple specific proposals that will go from miniscule to superlative scales (and vice versa) through poetic tropes and symbolic gestures.

Arch of Re-enchantment

Rachel Harris

Through my work, I plan to activate a long lost respect of nature by creating designated spaces/altars to simply experience the natural world from a perspective of solitude and gratitude in order to fully immerse oneself into the environment and to reflect on spaces that have been used for natural reverence in its various forms in the past.
Three stone altars will be established within a close vicinity. One of the three altars will form a small arc replicating or echoing La Foradà, the naturally forming stone archway local to the region. The ground of the altar spaces will be lined with moss offering the participants a chance to respectfully tread upon or sit upon this inviting space creating a serene and sheltered environment to take a breath, relax, and appreciate the space and region they walk through. On each structure, collected herbs will be placed with symbols of how they can be used inspiring people to find out what the flora around them contains, both healing and harmful. The work is meant both as an interactive learning experience and a moment to rest and take in the environment around them in order to fully appreciate it in a hopes that stronger bonds with nature will create increasing sustainable formats of living and existing on this planet.

Raquis

Jordi NN

The project that will be developed during the residence could be defined as a series of scale and magnitude changes of Vall de Gallinera’s context. These changes will appear through a set of hybrid and diffuse processes such as tiny installations, fleeting actions, subtle gestures or thin interventions. In this way, Antigesta will generate multiple specific proposals that will go from miniscule to superlative scales (and vice versa) through poetic tropes and symbolic gestures.