At the open studio on the 27th of April, at 8.30 p.m. we will also see the works of Iryna Vorona (Kyiv) and Pavlo Baltaziuk , Sarah Rose Guitian (Madrid / Rotterdam) and Florian Braakman (Velp / Rotterdam), Jo Lorente (Mazarrón / Laeken, Brussels) and Joong Yong Kim (Seoul / Berlin) and Mijin Hyun (Seoul / Berlin).

 

 

Iryna Vorona (Kyiv)
Based in Ukraine, Iryna Vorona is a contemporary artist working in an individual style of visual art. Born in 1987 in Kyiv, Ukraine, she has a Master degree in Fine Arts from the National Academy of Fine Arts and Architecture, Kyiv, including an internship at Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts.

In 2019 she received the Ukraine presidential grant for her project “Qr truth”.
In 2018 she was granted with the Kyiv head of administration art prize for special record of achievements in development of the capital of Ukraine – Kyiv. During the last two years she have been working on projects in Finland (Kulttuurikauppila International Artist Residency), Croatia (Erasmus+ program) and Norway (KHMessen International Artist Residency).

Her art investigation of the last three years has been based on researching how art and technology combine. Synthesis of art and science is a collaboration where new ground can emerge. She has come to the point when the combination of traditional media is not enough to express what she really wants and wishes people to feel through her work. With light technologies she feels on the right way. Her latest project “Insight” deals with traditional form of art, creating something untraditional, a direct vision of supernatural reality and a connection of art and science.

The project is implemented under the Culture Bridges Programme. Culture Bridges is funded by the EU and managed by the British Council in partnership with the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) network in Ukraine.

 

 

Jo Lorente (Mazarrón / Laeken, Brussels)
Art explorer, Jo Lorente is a multidisciplinary artist. As a plastic artist, she associates painting to other artistic disciplines: singing, dancing, lute, performing arts, puppet theatre, clay modelling, animated film and video. Combining different modes of expression, she travels in an eclectic and rich universe.

The artist has also been since 2001 a pedagogue, sociocultural animator and was laureate in 2012 of the Prix Courbet, which rewarded the social dimension of her work.

She has taken part in many plastic art exhibitions, namely in the “Milice room” of the Brussels’ City Hall (Grand-Place) with an individual exhibition on occasion of the event “Parcours d’Artistes” (the “Artists’ route”).

Right now, she dedicates her art to International Contemporary Art Fairs and other major cultural events. She exhibits in Paris, Cannes, Monaco and Madrid, in collaboration with the Galeria Gaudi in Madrid, Multi Art Events and the Club des Ateliers d’Artistes. A permanent exhibition of her work can be seen at the “Céramuze Studio” in Brussels.

For the pleasure of the senses, Jo Lorente has developed an original pictorial technique based on natural wax used on different types of supports.
In her pictorial research, the themes treated are the expression of pure imagination. The graphic designs reveal her oneiric world on the canvas. She calls this period: Graphic Codex of the unconscious.”

Born in the Murcia region of Spain, she now lives in Laeken, Belgium.

 

 

Sarah Rose Guitian (Madrid / Rotterdam)
Sarah’s  work originates from scenes of everyday life, where everyone unconsciously interacts with each other. Within it she captures the ‘marginal’ aspects of our society. For example: how people present themselves in the public space and the traces they leave behind. In this she finds fragility and symbolism of how human behavior is influenced by time and routine.

She was born in 1993 in Madrid (Spain), as a child of a Spanish father and a Dutch mother. In 2012 she moved to Rotterdam for her study at the WDKA, where she graduated in 2016 with her project ‘ Looking Without Seeing’ , a video and sound installation in which she explored her relationship with contemporary imagery.

Her two different cultural backgrounds have always fascinated her and fueled her work. Since her departure to the Netherlands she has given extra attention to recording her daily life both in the Netherlands and in Spain. She intuitively looks for cultural differences and similarities of these two countries. She currently lives and works in Rotterdam.

Travel costs supported by CBK in Rotterdam

 

 

Florian Braakman (Velp / Rotterdam)
Florian Braakman is an autonomous documentary photographer whose work consists of a series of photographic images. Through a personal relationship with his subject, focusing especially on the concept of ‘neighbourhood’, he is interested in addressing broader universal, social, and cultural themes. In Dutch the term ‘buurman’ (neighbour) is a slang used as a way of greeting people around you.

He uses photography as a way to make contact with people, to question the world, and to gain a grip on our fast-paced everyday ‘reality’. His photographs are mainly used in grouped series, letting separate images be in contact and conversation with one another in the form of publications and installations.

In 2013, he graduated  from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague with the project She Comes in Colors, which later took form as a book. Currently, he am working on the long-term project Delfshaven’s Finest, in the socially and culturally diverse neighbourhood in Rotterdam where he has lived since 2013. From this project emerged the work In Between Homes, in which he travels with his neighbours to their country of origin.

He grew up in a town called Velp, near Arnhem in the east of The Netherlands, and then at the age of twenty moved to The Hague for his studies in photography at the Royal Academy of Arts. During that time also he did an internship in Berlin, Germany for 6 months. After his graduation he moved to Rotterdam where he has been living since.

Residency at AADK funded by the Mondriaan Fund.

 

 

Joong Yong Kim (Seoul / Berlin)
Joong Yong Kim comes originally from South Korea, where he began a traditional art education in sculpture. Frustrated with the constraints of a technically based education, he wanted to think further about the art itself, so he left his Masters course and moved to Berlin looking to experience more artworks by a variety of people and a different art scene.

Since then, his approach to art continues to evolve. In the past he was interested in artistic expression and technical accomplishment, but now he is interested in the the process of how art is made and what makes art, trying  to maintain an observing and objective attitude and perspective. He investigates and pushes playfully at the boundaries of the context, institutions, scenes and social conventions in which art is made, distributed and consumed.

Mijin Hyun (Seoul / Berlin)
Mijin Hyun is interested in the situations around art, where the public comes into a space and interacts with a work. For this she uses various media such as sound, video or performance. She hopes to investigate the relationship between commodity and artwork, especially focussing on household items or interiors, such as doors, floors, furniture etc. She also connects the context of everyday objects and their use to the context of a museum or gallery. She also explores the architectural element, since spatiality  plays an important role in the perception of the audience.


Open Studios March 2019

On March the 23rd, at 8:30pm, we will carry out our monthly Open Studios night. We invite you to join us at Centro Negra to experience the artworks of Sarah Rose Guitian (Madrid / Rotterdam) and Florian Braakman (Velp / Rotterdam), Ping Zheng (Zhejiang Province / New York), Soeine Bac (Seoul / Vancouver) and Joong Yong Kim (Seoul / Berlin) and Mijin Hyun (Seoul / Berlin), the artists in residence of the month of March.

 

Sarah Rose Guitian (Madrid / Rotterdam)
Sarah’s  work originates from scenes of everyday life, where everyone unconsciously interacts with each other. Within it she captures the ‘marginal’ aspects of our society. For example: how people present themselves in the public space and the traces they leave behind. In this she finds fragility and symbolism of how human behavior is influenced by time and routine.

She was born in 1993 in Madrid (Spain), as a child of a Spanish father and a Dutch mother. In 2012 she moved to Rotterdam for her study at the WDKA, where she graduated in 2016 with her project ‘ Looking Without Seeing’ , a video and sound installation in which she explored her relationship with contemporary imagery.

Her two different cultural backgrounds have always fascinated her and fueled her work. Since her departure to the Netherlands she has given extra attention to recording her daily life both in the Netherlands and in Spain. She intuitively looks for cultural differences and similarities of these two countries. She currently lives and works in Rotterdam.

Travel costs supported by CBK in Rotterdam

 

 

Florian Braakman (Velp / Rotterdam)
Florian Braakman is an autonomous documentary photographer whose work consists of a series of photographic images. Through a personal relationship with his subject, focusing especially on the concept of ‘neighbourhood’, he is interested in addressing broader universal, social, and cultural themes. In Dutch the term ‘buurman’ (neighbour) is a slang used as a way of greeting people around you.

He uses photography as a way to make contact with people, to question the world, and to gain a grip on our fast-paced everyday ‘reality’. His photographs are mainly used in grouped series, letting separate images be in contact and conversation with one another in the form of publications and installations.

In 2013, he graduated  from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague with the project She Comes in Colors, which later took form as a book. Currently, he am working on the long-term project Delfshaven’s Finest, in the socially and culturally diverse neighbourhood in Rotterdam where he has lived since 2013. From this project emerged the work In Between Homes, in which he travels with his neighbours to their country of origin.

He grew up in a town called Velp, near Arnhem in the east of The Netherlands, and then at the age of twenty moved to The Hague for his studies in photography at the Royal Academy of Arts. During that time also he did an internship in Berlin, Germany for 6 months. After his graduation he moved to Rotterdam where he has been living since.

Residency at AADK funded by the Mondriaan Fund.

 

 

Ping Zheng (Zhejiang Province / New York)
Born in Zhejiang Provence, China, Ping grew up in a traditional patriarchal family under the restriction of the government’s one-child policy. She describes nature as her refuge in her childhood as she lived in many different geographic regions, surrounded by starkly contrasting natural environments. As an artist, her inspiration is grounded in natural landscapes, where she feels free and peaceful as a human in the outdoors, away from family pressures.

She now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Studying abroad in London and the United States triggered an awareness of gender equality as the very heart of the human rights issues that shape her world. She became aware of the many contributions of women in the West and began to express feminism in her artistic practice.

She is interested in the Subconscious Mind,with a particular focus on spatiality, approaching art as a means of personal development. Her artwork, straddling the line between figurative and abstract, functions as metaphor for the energy and limitless possibilities erupting from artistic freedom and her passionate belief in equality. It is as wide as the desire to expand her horizons.Through it’s awe-inspiring effect nature has always evoked her childhood memories of natural landscapes and given her a renewed sense of self-discovery.

 

 

Soeine Bac (Seoul / Vancouver)
Soeine Bac studied Photography and Interactive art in Canada, and Visual Cultures in London, UK. She mainly focuses on the issue of intention in art; improvisation then became her method for merging visual art and movement, and she started incorporating site-specific installation and performance.

She organized dance jams in Seoul, Korea from 2014 to 2016. In 2015 and 2016, she performed at the Seoul International Improvisation Dance Festival. She has also done artist residencies in 2015 and 2016, pursuing ‘Nature Art’. In 2017 she was invited to conduct movement workshops for the annual Stazione di Topolò festival in Italy, and to perform on the theme of nature and humans for the Vines Art Festival in Vancouver, Canada. In 2016, she studied Zen Buddhist yoga for meditation in Korea to better understand the mind in the act of improvisation. Since then, she has become interested in the spiritual aspect of art and how it is revealed in life.

She is currently focusing on the relationships between the body and mapping. She is interested in identifying the sense of self in relation to how we perceive cultural and geographical aspects of our surroundings, organizing them in order to navigate through them.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

 

 

Joong Yong Kim (Seoul / Berlin)
Joong Yong Kim comes originally from South Korea, where he began a traditional art education in sculpture. Frustrated with the constraints of a technically based education, he wanted to think further about the art itself, so he left his Masters course and moved to Berlin looking to experience more artworks by a variety of people and a different art scene.

Since then, his approach to art continues to evolve. In the past he was interested in artistic expression and technical accomplishment, but now he is interested in the the process of how art is made and what makes art, trying  to maintain an observing and objective attitude and perspective. He investigates and pushes playfully at the boundaries of the context, institutions, scenes and social conventions in which art is made, distributed and consumed.

Mijin Hyun (Seoul / Berlin)
Mijin Hyun is interested in the situations around art, where the public comes into a space and interacts with a work. For this she uses various media such as sound, video or performance. She hopes to investigate the relationship between commodity and artwork, especially focussing on household items or interiors, such as doors, floors, furniture etc. She also connects the context of everyday objects and their use to the context of a museum or gallery. She also explores the architectural element, since spatiality  plays an important role in the perception of the audience.


Open Studios February ’19

The Open Studio on the 23rd of February, at 8:30pm we will also see the works of Edward Johansson (Mariehamn/Lemland, Åland Islands), Minna Öberg (Mariehamn, Åland Islands) and Anneloes Gerdien (Utrecht), Raquel Meyers (Cartagena), Glory Nkembo Moswala (Kinshasa), Ash (Ashley) Witham (Los Angeles/Berlin) and Myriam Gras (Tilburg) at Centro Negra.

 

Edward Johansson (Mariehamn/Lemland, Åland Islands) and Minna Öberg (Mariehamn, Åland Islands)

-Edward Johansson
Since 2014 Edward runs his own printmaking studio -Ahvaland- working both with personal and commissioned work. The studio is set up for letterpress printing on Heidelbergs, Vandercook printing press, and an intaglio section for copperplate printing.

He enjoys to challenge his skills and experience with new ideas and collaborations, but most comfortable working with text based projects and manual processes. His work tends to exist in the boundaries between art, crafts and design, finding fundamental that both- concept and technique- are properly considered and well executed.

2009 BA Graphic Design, Central Saint Martins, London. 2012 MRes Design, Goldsmiths, London.

-Minna Öberg
Minna’s studies consist of a BA in Fine Art at Novia University of Applied Sciences and a MA in Art and Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
A relevant experience for her has been taking part of a Baltic network called B7, including the seven largest islands in the Baltic. Making site-specific art at all the islands, visiting a new one each year, abandoned hotels, old power plants and all sorts of interesting places to interact with.
Minna enjoys working with used and recycled materials. Often she lets the time and the space decide the working method. Street art and innovative ways of using public space inspire her.

Residency supported with travelling grant by Alands Kulturdelegation

 

Anneloes Gerdien (Utrecht)
“As a girl I used to live on the Dutch countryside. Growing up in a rural environment close to nature, where living outside, simple life, silence, building and reuse are the main factors of daily life. This simplified lifestyle is one of the things that are still core values that I take with me in my artistic process and research.”

Organic structures – ·Deconstructing elements – Contrasts and taboos -· Surrounding and surfaces

Anneloes Gerdien van der Vinne (1993) is a interdisciplinary artist working in the fields of painting, drawing and fine metalworking and combining visual journalism within the
creating processes.
In her visual journals, drawings, panels and her jewellery she expresses her fascination with natural evolution and emotions that occur in her daily life and diverse environments. She reflects this thinking throughout her whole body of work, inspired by the organic structures that surround us. She considers the potential for growth for each object and uses her intuition to share the value of each one.
Coming from fields of Fashion, Visual culture and Theory she strives to come up with tangible end products where growth and experiment is visual. Within her artistic work new environments are a starting point, which adds to her urge to go out and appear in unpredictable situations and surroundings. Closely observing from a philosophical and anthropological perspective and absorbing the natural behaviours of her surroundings is what she wants to reveal and capture within her art pieces. This allows her to get new incentives, unpredictable processes and in depth outcomes witch give meaning to her end products.
Anneloes Gerdien is mainly based in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

 

Raquel Meyers (Cartagena)
Raquel Meyers is a Spanish artist who defines her practice as KYBDslöjd (drawing / crafting by typing) with technology from the past. Woven with Commodore 64 characters sets, flickering in teletext, or fed to fax machines, her world of mythical creatures and dreamlike pilgrimages is one of patience and resolve. Frame-by-frame and glyph-by-glyph, we descend into a jagged wonderland where time stands still and chaos reigns.

Since 2004 she has performed at festivals like Transmediale, Piksel, Mapping, La Casa encendida and Cimatics, at 8bit events like Tokyo Blip Festival, Square Sounds Melbourne and the Playlist exhibition, as well at Liste Art Fair Basel, Ars Electronica Center, Alingsås Konsthall, Bonniers Konsthall, Xpo Gallery, Click New Media Arts Festival, Alt_Cph, HeK, BEK- Bergen Center for Electronic Arts, LABoral and iMAL.

 

Nkembo Moswala (Kinshasa)

Nkembo Moswala was born in 1989 in Kinshasa, DR Congo, where he today lives and works (Born in Kinshasa, he was raised in the municipality of Barumbu in 3 different neighborhoods renowned for being eventful, for gangsters who impose their laws and for the omnipresence of pubs along the roads where people feast until morning. For 2 years he is living and working in another municipality and district of Kinshasa, inhabiting it yet almost disconnected from the reality of the city that he frequents almost every day). Nkembo he earned a Bachelor Degree in Visual Arts in Académie des Beaux-Arts in Kinshasa, in 2011. Nkembo’s work was presented at the Yango Biennale in 2014 in Kinshasa. A beneficiary of the coaching of N’Goné Fall in September 2016, his project proposal was one of the best entries in an issue of a workshop organized by the Goethe institute.

His work is currently articulated around the notion of renaissance and renewal. Throughout his artistic journey, and in his creations, he has stressed the harmful nature of the global society we are living in. Our unbridled economy and consumption drive have caused lots of damage and suffering. Nkembo’s work on tarp, through the act of incision and branding, or Nzoloko , denotes the wounds that we, as citizens of this world, are enduring. Chaos cannot be an end. Looking at his direct environment, he sees signs and traces of cultural consumption. He sees waste, artefacts, despair, and hope. Art allows him to explore the transformative potential of today’s cultural consumption. From an initial will to denounce, he moves to visual and contemporary reinterpretations, exploring new mediums and compositions.

 

Ash Witham (Los Angeles/Berlin)Raised in a small town on the east coast of the United States, Ash now primarily works out of Los Angeles, California and Berlin, Germany. While at the University of California Los Angeles, Ash studied painting and drawing abroad in the French Riviera and Paris. In 2014, she graduated with honors from UCLA with a BA in Art and a minor in Art Education. During her studies she produced work across a range of mediums, favoring abstract painting, mixed-media assemblage, movement photography, and multimedia installations and performances. Her shared process approaches throughout these mediums are the utilization of found materials, the element of chance, and the temporality of movement.

Ash has performed and exhibited installations, photography, and sculptures in Los Angeles. Inspired from attending various movement intensives over the years in the US, Europe, India, and Mexico, Ash’s work has taken on a more bodily approach. Continuing to educate herself in topics like world cultures, interpersonal communication, positive psychology, and dance, she is dedicated to research and work that embodies themes such as vulnerability, empathy, healing, identity, human connection, and authentic expression. Currently, Ash is devoting time to dive deeper into her work and aims to broaden her outreach.

 

Myriam Gras (Tilburg)
“ My work explores the overlap between reality and storytelling, trying to portray the contrasts between the seemingly beloved adaptations of the increasingly digitized society and the related individual disturbance. By continuously experimenting with different kind mediums, I connect mostly synthetic materials and technological elements together- thematically or physically. By playing with the alienated and the known, I tend to shine a mild critical light on the nowadays.”
Absurdity and loneliness caused by the influence of modern ways of communication are a repetitive theme in the work. This goes back and forth from developments to implantation, illustrating the way in which humanity is at the same time unified by a desire for progress and individualized by phenomenological experiences. By implementing interactive elements one is forced to make contact, whether it is with the material or with other human beings. As a result the body becomes part of the composition and comments upon the fact that humanity is defined by its potential to create.

 


On January the 26th, at 8:30pm, we will carry out our monthly Open Studios night. We invite you to join us at Centro Negra to experience the artworks of Doris Althaus (Solothurn), Edward Johansson (Mariehamn/Lemland, Åland Islands) and Minna Öberg (Mariehamn, Åland Islands), Lina Sofia Lundin (Falun) and Anneloes Gerdien (Utrecht), the artists in residence of the month of January.

 

Doris Althaus (Solothurn)
Since 1996 Doris runs her own ceramics studio. She shows her work regularly in different exhibitions and ceramic markets in Switzerland. She works frequently as teacher/instructor for ceramics in various institutions and with her own workshop. For about 1 to 2 days a week she works in a Day Center for People with multiple disabilities.

She mainly deals with figurative ceramics, but she would like to use this artist-in-residence stay to put her sometimes repetitive work in a new context. She would like to use the unfamiliar environment as a source of inspiration and find out how this can influence her work.

At the moment Doris is mainly involved in the development of new surfaces. She is particularly interested in printing and Transfer Techniques for Ceramics to develop Wall Installation.

2003 Ausbilderin FA Trainer in Adult Learning with Federal Diploma of Professional Education and Training since 1989, Targeted further education courses for ceramic 1989. Swiss Certificate of Competence for Ceramic and Apprenticeship by Kohler Keramik Biel Switzerland.

Edward Johansson (Mariehamn/Lemland, Åland Islands) and Minna Öberg (Mariehamn, Åland Islands)

-Edward Johansson
Since 2014 Edward runs his own printmaking studio -Ahvaland- working both with personal and commissioned work. The studio is set up for letterpress printing on Heidelbergs, Vandercook printing press, and an intaglio section for copperplate printing.

He enjoys to challenge his skills and experience with new ideas and collaborations, but most comfortable working with text based projects and manual processes. His work tends to exist in the boundaries between art, crafts and design, finding fundamental that both- concept and technique- are properly considered and well executed.

2009 BA Graphic Design, Central Saint Martins, London. 2012 MRes Design, Goldsmiths, London.

-Minna Öberg
Minna’s studies consist of a BA in Fine Art at Novia University of Applied Sciences and a MA in Art and Design at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
A relevant experience for her has been taking part of a Baltic network called B7, including the seven largest islands in the Baltic. Making site-specific art at all the islands, visiting a new one each year, abandoned hotels, old power plants and all sorts of interesting places to interact with.
Minna enjoys working with used and recycled materials. Often she lets the time and the space decide the working method. Street art and innovative ways of using public space inspire her.

Residency supported with travelling grant by Alands Kulturdelegation

Lina Sofia Lundin (Falun)
Lina Sofia Lundin (b. 1984) is a textile artist, educator and author. She investigates art processes in relationship to material, knowledge and place. She is based on the countryside of Sweden where she explores natural dyes, cultivating dye plants and natural fibers. While working she is incorporating local skills from the community by including participants in the activities around cultivating and crafting. She is trying to find out how information transforms itself from theory to knowledge and how it can be embodied. The social platforms she builds is an essential part in her projects.
The natural dyeing techniques have for a long time had a history of keeping expert skills as secrets. Lina Sofia wanted to open up the field which led her to teaching and lecturing in the
subject, also the publications The Dyeing Manifest – The Expanded Field of Composting 2013, Natural Dyes 2014, 2017 and 2019.
Between 2009-2016 Lina Sofia investigated collaborative consumption through a shared wardrobe in a shape as a clothes library. The project dealt with issues around mending, life
span of garments, ecology, human behavior and also created a space for new ideas to be born within the circularity of materials. It was located in the suburb of Stockholm and had 360
members. Between 2016-2018 she worked for the Swedish Public Art Agency in a residential area in a nearby city with a great diversity of residents. The municipality plan a new urban district park, a new square and the existing houses are being renovated. Cooking, textiles and dyeing with spices and plants have been the starting point for dialogues about public spaces and an investigation on how they can connect with the location. A public art installation – an outdoor kitchen – was build together with a school and plan to be installed in the park during 2019.
Lina Sofia has a BA degree in Textile Art from the Academy of Art and Craft in Gothenburg, Specialist Craft Tutor from Nyckelviksskolan and studied Ethnology at Stockholm University.

Residency funded by IASPIS (Swedish Arts Grants Committee) and Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation

Anneloes Gerdien (Utrecht)
“As a girl I used to live on the Dutch countryside. Growing up in a rural environment close to nature, where living outside, simple life, silence, building and reuse are the main factors of daily life. This simplified lifestyle is one of the things that are still core values that I take with me in my artistic process and research.”

Organic structures – ·Deconstructing elements – Contrasts and taboos -· Surrounding and surfaces

Anneloes Gerdien van der Vinne (1993) is a interdisciplinary artist working in the fields of painting, drawing and fine metalworking and combining visual journalism within the
creating processes.
In her visual journals, drawings, panels and her jewellery she expresses her fascination with natural evolution and emotions that occur in her daily life and diverse environments. She reflects this thinking throughout her whole body of work, inspired by the organic structures that surround us. She considers the potential for growth for each object and uses her intuition to share the value of each one.
Coming from fields of Fashion, Visual culture and Theory she strives to come up with tangible end products where growth and experiment is visual. Within her artistic work new environments are a starting point, which adds to her urge to go out and appear in unpredictable situations and surroundings. Closely observing from a philosophical and anthropological perspective and absorbing the natural behaviours of her surroundings is what she wants to reveal and capture within her art pieces. This allows her to get new incentives, unpredictable processes and in depth outcomes witch give meaning to her end products.
Anneloes Gerdien is mainly based in Utrecht, the Netherlands.


Open Studios November 2018

Next November 24th, at 8:30pm, AADK Spain opens the doors of Centro Negra to share the processes of the artists in residence of November: Alice Weber (Australia / United Kingdom), Ranjit Ahuja (India / USA), Amanda Kay White (USA), Astrid Bink (Netherlands), Anyuta Wiazemsky (Russia / Belgium), Janet Ruth Davies (South Wales).

Alice Weber (Sydney / London)
Alice is an Australian artist living and working in London. Starting with the body as a site of tension between image and experience, Alice explores femininity, agency, desire and (dis)embodiment through her performance work. Her choreographies are seemingly purposeless performances of balance, repetition, flexibility and stillness, appropriating her own training as a classical dancer, to destabilise the rules and reproductions of the body. She has recently gained her MFA in Choreography from Laban, London (2018).

She has been research artist at Accademia Nazionale di Danza (Rome) and her work has been shown at Turner Contemporary (Margate), APT Gallery (London), The Place (London), Chisenhale Dance (London), Festival of Recorded Movement (Vancouver). She has delivered a number of research papers and performances including University of Bedfordshire, Trinity Laban, CoLab Festival, The Cube London. She has also worked as a performer for other artists, ranging from dance to contemporary visual art performance including at Delfina Foundation, Hauser & Wirth, The Performance Studio and Tanzcompagnie Giessen.

Ranjit Ahuja (Ajmer / Atlanta)
Born in Ajmer, India and currently residing and working in Atlanta, USA, his Professional Education has been in Design and Visual Communication in India and she has developed a great interest in Black and White Photography and its lab processes. Bachelor in Fine Arts Degree from Syracuse University, NY USA, Department of Experimental Studios. Ranjit has worked in B&W labs for over 20 years and around 15 years in Digital Imaging for press in the USA. “It would be safe to assume that my imagery is a combination of these professional pursuits”.

On a philosophical level his imagery is a combination of “abstraction and reality” and seeks to involve the viewer in his Visual studies between the “scientific and the artistic” forms of communication. He would like to research newer printing methods for superior artistic presentations and work on collaborative projects with writers and artists.

Amanda Kay White (Tustin)
Amanda Kay White’s research interests delve into the entanglement of bodily knowledge, embodied cognition, and spatial theory through the medium of choreography. Finding points of access to these physical collections of experience and memory has deepened her personal understanding of humanity. She is interested in generating a community and site-based choreographic engagement to explore shared experiences within Blanca.

Originally from St. Charles, Missouri, she currently lives in Orange County, California and is an adjunct lecturer/instructor of modern and jazz movement for Chapman University, Santa Ana College, and Orange County School for the Arts, USA. A desire to deepen her personal artistic practice led her to pursue an MFA in Choreography, which she received in April 2016 through Jacksonville University, USA. Her works have been presented regionally throughout Southern California as well as internationally at the inaugural Oulu Dance Hack in Finland. Amanda is also a founding company member and current dancer with Backhausdance, an international traveling contemporary modern dance company based in Southern California, USA.

Astrid Bink (Montfoort)
Recently graduated from HKU Utrecht, Netherlands, where Astrid had studied Fine Art and Design in Education. Astrid is part of an art collective called ‘Zonder Punt’. Together with this diverse group of young artists they reflect on each other’s work and organize exhibitions.

Astrid Bink is attracted and astonished by the pure beauty of nature. “Nature is constantly exposed to powerful forces, yet it still grows and flourishes. Meanwhile the world is being humanized. Landscapes are divided and arranged. Humankind uses technology to control nature. Roads are created and forests are planted and kept, so they stay easily accessible”. In her work she investigates the relationship between humans and nature, tries to capture the charm of nature and to give place to the controversial desire of control over the earth.

The residency is granted as the prize for the Young Master Award 2017 at Media Art Friesland Festival (MAF).

Anyuta Wiazemsky (Moscow / Ghent)
Anyuta Wiazemsky (1989, Moscow) is a young Russian-Belgian artist. She graduated from Law Academy in Moscow, Russia before deciding to pursue an artistic carrier. She studied Fine Arts in the Royal Art Academy in Ghent, Belgium. Her works have been shown in Moscow (RU), Ghent (BE), Leuven (BE), Kortrijk (BE), Brussels (BE), Rotterdam (NL), Hyderabad (IN). She currently follows educational program Master of Science in Sociologie in the Ghent University (BE).

Visually her work is diverse but there is a single notion running it, “like a golden thread throughout my practice: The notion of being a human attached to the artist’s existence”. She works with other people and their presence as an integral element of her work; it is through dialogue, through relation to the other, through understanding the commonalities and inescapable differences that she creates new work.

Supported by: Vlaamse overheid – Departement Cultuur, Jeugd en Media.

Janet Ruth Davies (Gwynedd / Wales)
Is a Welsh Artist currently studying a postgraduate Masters in Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales (formally Newport).

Janet Ruth´s photographic research interests are concerned with identity, mobility, and memory. She is interested in sensory perception of the environment and how feelings arise from interaction. Tim Ingold, a social anthropologist, writes of ‘art that gives form to human feelings and that a feeling is a mode of active perceptual engagement, a way of literally being touch with the world’. Her previous creative practice encompassed movement, choreography and performance. These disciples continue to inform her photographic process spatially and somatically. Through practice- led research I am interested in walking the physical and spatial perception of the liminal ‘in between’ mutable spaces where the town (industry) and rural (agriculture) intersect. I propose to investigate the commonly held idea of landscape as a view through a process of mapping the terrain.

This residency is funded through Arts Council of Wales International Opportunities Fund


Open Studios October 2018

This Saturday, October 27, 2018, at 8:30 pm, we invite you, as every month, to see the work done by the artists in residence of AADK. Free Admission.

For this Open Studios we have the artist Alice Weber (Sydney / London) who performs a work exploring the space with the body; Mariana Carvalho (São Paulo) that presents a relational piece of experimentation with sound; Aurora Rodríguez (Alicante) will present a set of graphic and sculptural works; and the collective KG Augenstern (Berlin) who have made a participatory installation. This installation will be presented at “Sala Idol” so we meet you at 8:30 pm in the parking lot of the old town hall of Blanca.

 

Aurora Rodríguez (Alicante)
Aurora has studied Fine Arts at the University of Murcia, at the Complutense University of Madrid and at the University of Guadalajara (Mexico).
Aurora has developed an artistic career whose main interest is to interpret art in a multidirectional and multidisciplinary way, understanding art as a natural consequence of the environment and its needs.
In her work, mostly conceptual (as a base and starting point) it reflects on the relationship between the individual and and the society, and the interdependency with the territory, using individual actions as a subject with which to work.

Mariana Carvalho (São Paulo)
Mariana Carvalho is pianist, improviser and performer. From her improvisation works, her interest has expanded to working with the body, gender and a transdisciplinary perspective. She has entered into sound experimentation introducing objects inside and outside the piano and exploring corporalities though eutony. Her current interest is to weave relationships between sound and space in the form of installations, expanded sound bodies, free improvisation, dance and feminism.

She completed her degree in piano at the University of São Paulo. She is part of the Sonora network – music and feminisms and of NuSom – Research Centre on Sonology of the USP, and Orquesta Errante, free improvisation group. She has researched relations between eutonia and free improvisation in scientific initiation, with FAPESP scholarship, supervised by Rogério Costa. She was part of Camerata Profana, ensemble of contemporary music, Coro Profana, vocal laboratory, Insólita Assemble collective and performance nucleus AANGA, directed by Miriam Dascal. She worked in theater as a musician with Club Noir and Lacuna Coletiva. She performed in Argentina, Germany, Mexico, Romania and several places in Brazil.

Supported by: Nusom – Research Centre on Sonology of the University of São Paulo and Sonora – músicas e feminismos.

 

Alice Weber (Sydney / London)
Alice is an Australian artist living and working in London. Starting with the body as a site of tension between image and experience, Alice explores femininity, agency, desire and (dis)embodiment through her performance work. Her choreographies are seemingly purposeless performances of balance, repetition, flexibility and stillness, appropriating her own training as a classical dancer, to destabilise the rules and reproductions of the body. She has recently gained her MFA in Choreography from Laban, London (2018).
She has been research artist at Accademia Nazionale di Danza (Rome) and her work has been shown at Turner Contemporary (Margate), APT Gallery (London), The Place (London), Chisenhale Dance (London), Festival of Recorded Movement (Vancouver). She has delivered a number of research papers and performances including University of Bedfordshire, Trinity Laban, CoLab Festival, The Cube London. She has also worked as a performer for other artists, ranging from dance to contemporary visual art performance including at Delfina Foundation, Hauser & Wirth, The Performance Studio and Tanzcompagnie Giessen.

 

Christiane Prehn & Wolfgang Meyer. “Kg Augenstern Artist group” (Berlin)
Kg Augenstern works in the field of audiovisual/audiokinetic installation, performance and video.
Christiane Prehn (Dipl. Art, University of fine arts Stuttgart) Artist, sculptor, film director. Exhibitions and prices such as: Thessalonica Biennale 2008, New York Fruit and Flower Gallery 2008, Museum of Modern Art Den Haag 2009, Glasmuseum Amsterdam 2009, Akademie Preise der Akademie der bildenden Künste Stuttgart 2005, 2006 und 2008
Wolfgang Meyer (Musician, soundart, videos, film-music) He has participated in diverse festival and exhibitions such as Babylon KlangBasar, Live-sampling Soundscapes (IfA Galerie Stuttgart 2006, Ostsee Festival Stralsund 2007), sound-performance “the boat sounds“ performed in Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Thessaloniki and at Art Biennale Istanbul (2009/2010)
In the last few years, Kg Augenstern sailed on many rivers and canals in Europe, scratching bridges with long tentacles installed on board, to make them reveal their specific sounds. The artists developed many site-specific installation shown in various galleries and art-spaces.


OPEN STUDIOS AUGUST 2018

Next August 25th, at 9pm, we will carry out our monthly Open Studios’ night. We invite you to join us at Centro Negra to experience the artworks of Mirel Torun (Sydney/Izmir), Andrea Peña (Bogotá / Montreal), Carol Rashawnna (Washington), María Velasco (Madrid / Kansas), Clara J: son Borg (Jönköping / Rotterdam), Amélie Créac’h (Seoul / Nantes) and Sofian Jouini (Nantes).

The main interest among them is the understanding of choreography, what provoques it on an unconscious level, and how much our body movement is defined by its surroundings.
Some other artists are working around the subjectivity of the local inhabitants or of their own, working with techniques as sculpture, photography or textile art.

 

Andrea Peña (Bogotá / Montreal)

Andrea Peña is a Colombian, Montreal based, multidisciplinary artist within the fields of choreography and design. Her works are focused on the creation of critical, alternative, performative and spatial.
Universes that question the individual within society, to bring about a consciousness of self within the public and audience. Artistic Director of Andrea Peña & Artists, founded in 2014, the dance company is recognized nationally and internationally, touring locally and abroad.
Peña’s work has been commissioned by Montreal’s prestigious Musee des Beaux Arts, Canadian Center for Architecture, Laval Symphony Orchestra, the 375th Anniversary of Montreal, amongst others.

Commercially, Andrea has worked for top Montreal fashion brand RUDSAK as Creative Director, spearheading the company’s full visual direction and creative content channels. Peña is currently undergoing a masters at Concordia University starting September 2017, awarded the Dora and Avi Morrow Fellowship for Excellent Achievement in Visual Arts. Academically Peña has worked with Concordia Chair of Design Department, PK Langshaw for an extensive exhibition presented at the FOFA Gallery in 2016 and has been the recipient of two Concordia Undergraduate Student Research Awards. Peña is a TA within the Masters Engineering Department, for courses focused on Critical Design and Innovation. Her artistic creations have been supported by artistic residencies from Topological Media Lab Concordia, Hexagram Concordia, Circuit- Est Centre Choreographic Residency, Ionion Arts Center Greece, FIDCDMX in Mexico.

Peña’s creations are financially funded through grants from Conseil Des Arts et Lettres Du Quebec and Canada Arts Council.

Carol Rashawnna (Washington)
Currently, in America, politics ARE the stage of ‘real tv drama’s’, in which she finds herself confused by the current state of our cultural environment.
Concerned about her country being more focused on capitalism than concerned about climate change. Every day, she feels like waking out of a dream and go to bed to a global nightmare. As an African American, the state of what’s occurring there, ie. the displacement of the ‘African American’, through a silent erasure and elimination (contemporary genocide) via legislation, doctrine of abortion, the prison industrial complex, killings by police, gentrification and food deserts, she feels an urgency to leave the country to gain a clearer perspective of her role as
an artist. While migro-agressions in her country are getting worse, she is interested in the common good.

As an artist who deeply cares about the environment, she would like to utilize her time in Spain to slow down, explore her relationship to the land and learn about the river Segura that runs through Blanca. She is willing to do a project focused on climate change, the people and culture in that area.
Her medium are painting/mono-prints and installations, also interested eco-and land art, or art that is regenerative she would love to develop eco-art with mono-print installation.

María Velasco (Madrid / Kansas)
María Velasco is a Spanish-born artist who has been living and working in the US since 1991.
Her works consists of ephemeral interventions in nature in a way that is emphatically corporeal described as earth-body art. A sculptural practice involving private performances striving for a communion between body, nature and art. Her human-scale works explores the links between humanness and the natural world but rarely use her body as a literal
representation of herself. She deals with body art, photography, video and performance. Composing interventions visually and sculpturally while seeking to know through direct experience the essential, sacred nature of the cosmos.

She has shown her work nationally and internationally in prestigious contemporary art venues such all around USA like in Minneapolis, Santa Barbara, Chicago, Kansas City, Saint Joseph, or NY.
Internationally, she has exhibited in Madrid, Paraguay Darmstadt, Mexico, Argentina and Morocco.
Her work appears in prestigious publications. She was Artist-in-Residence at Sculpture Space (2007) and International Artist-in-Residence at ProyectoAce, in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2012). In 2016, she was Artist-in-Residence at Green Olive Arts, in Tetouan, Morocco.
Velasco received her Bachelor’s Degree in Painting from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid (1989), and her Master of Fine Arts in New Genre from the University of California at Santa Barbara (1993). She is an Associate Professor of Visual Art at the University of Kansas, and teaches courses in Installation Art, Drawing, Participatory Art, and Professional Practices for artists

Clara J:son Borg (Jönköping / Rotterdam)

Clara J:son Borg is a Swedish artist based in Rotterdam (NL). Her artistic research is directed towards ontologies surrounding the human body, its possible performance strategies, political subjects and post-dance theories. Though movements experimentation, spoken word, video and text she sets up situations in which cognitive, emotional and kinetic processes are able to enact and fit loosely to one another. An act and a looseness, which she understands as an invitation to observe elements of interpersonal relationships, social choreographies and knowledge hierarchies.

Clara holds a BA from HDK Steneby, Gothenburg University (SE, 2012) and an MA from The Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (NL,2016). She has been a resident the XXI CSAV-Artist Laboratory
Materials for performance, led by Yvonne Rainer, Fondoazione Ratti, Como
(IT), Body as Site, Banff Centre, Banff (CAN) and Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen (NO). Her work has recently been showed at Yellow Brick, Athens (GR), 13festivalen, Gothenburg (SE) ONONO, Rotterdam (NL), Österängens Konsthall, Jönköping (SE), Now&After international video festival, Moscow (RUS), de Appel, Amsterdam (NL), and Oktoberdans2016, Bergen (NO).

Clara is granted by CBK Rotterdam and by Mondriaan Fund in the Netherlands.

Amélie Créac’h (Seoul / Nantes)
When asked about her first memories as an architect, Amélie invariably answers, “a painter’s studio and a dance studio.” Indeed she was introduced to these two disciplines from an early age. Painting taught her to pay close attention to light and color, while dance enabled her from very early on to experiment with the relationship between the body and space-time.
After spending a year in a college-prep scientific course, she was accepted into the architecture program of the Institute of Applied Sciences in Strasbourg. From then on, her career bears witness to a constant interest in research, habitat and urban issues. In 2008 she presented her architectural graduation dissertation project on the renewal of a working-class neighborhood in Brest, which she developed in collaboration with a local association of artists.
She worked for several town-planning agencies and placed in charge of widely varying projects such as neighborhood creation in the major cities, regulatory studies for rural and urban towns and urban renovation projects. She then joined the Sophie Delhay architecture agency where she coordinated teams and the follow-up of experimental collective housing projects.
She settled in Nantes in 2016 where she divides her time between exploring the coastal and island regions of the world (Asia Tour, Learning from Hawai’i) and following up her first projects for individual housing and interior design.

Supported by Institut Français and Ville de Nantes.

Sofian Jouini (Nantes)
Born in Nantes, Sofian spent the first seven years of his life in Tunis, then moved to France. In 1999 he follow in the footsteps of his elder brother and joined a hip-hop dance school. With other enthusiasts, he formed the KLP company. The first performances were written collectively.
In 2008 he wrote Insolents Solistes with Brice Bernier. In 2011 he wrote Tour of Duty, a plunge into the heart of the history of New York and hip-hop. The piece was first performed in Nantes, followed by a run at Paris’ Théâtre des Abbesses and eventually in the United States. On the strength of this momentum, the following season he produced a dance concert featuring the KLP dancers and the BackPack Jax musicians and rappers, performed in the United States.
After a few more years with the group, Sofian continues to experiment on his own. He is especially fascinated by the relationship with constructed space and the bonds he can create between body and mind. In 2015 he worked with the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Nantes to develop a fairground set-up for the performing arts.
In 2016 he began the Natures project, inspired as a reaction to the growing alienation of individuals’ mobility in their everyday lives, sedentary lifestyles and the extreme rationalization of ways of life. He uses this project to explore the capabilities of contemporary human bodies – his own, of course, but also those of the public and the dancers he meets in workshops.

Supported by Institut Français and Ville de Nantes.

Mirel Torun (Sydney / Izmir)

Mirel Torun is an artist living and working in Izmir, Turkey. Born in Sydney, Australia and graduated from Department of Performing Arts. Worked as editor and editor in chief in the editorial department of several plastic and visual arts magazines. Worked as visual consultant at Theater Madrasah. Did visual studies for 3 months on body, voice and effects of space-use on movement. Works on body and movement for a decade. Gave lectures on improvisation techniques. Was the art director for a solo stage performance composed of a collection of Charles Baudelaire’s poems in Izmir French Cultural Centre . Exhibitions and Residencies “7”, İzmir State Kültürpark Art and Sculpture Museum, 2014 “Small Worlds”, Installation of “2kg flour bag” curated by Stefan Bohnenberger, K2 Contemporary Art Center, İzmir, 2015. Non-invasive species, group exhibition, in Guadeloupe, Mogadishou and Minneapolis, 2016 Body, Object and Space, The Boiler Film Club, New York, 2016 Beetime Artist Residency Scholarship and Exhibition, Santa Lucia, Vejer de la Frontera, October, 2016 Art Quarter Budapest Artist Residency, April 2017. Participating Art Budapest Week Open Studio. Arteles Art Residency in Finland Scholarship, July 2017. Participating Open Studio. ALSO Poetic story called Milk Shake aired on Ege FM.


Open Studios September 2018

Next Friday, September 21, at 9pm., we open to the public to share the process of the artists in residence of AADK: Mirel Torun (Sydney/Izmir), Mariana Carvalho (São Paulo) and Aurora Rodríguez (Alicante), along with the interventions of some of the artists on the platform.

You can also participate in an open session of sound improvisation with Selu Herraiz, Josman P#, Úrsula Bravo, Pia Achternkamp, Mariana Carvalho and whoever wants to join to play.

Abraham Hurtado has prepared a photographic set to make portraits that can become part of one of the works in which he is currently immersed. In addition, Daniel Hernandez will show the video “Master Fail Piece 1” with sound landscape live Josman P#.

Mirel Torun (Sydney/Izmir)
Mirel Torun is an artist living and working in Izmir, Turkey. Born in Sydney, Australia and graduated from Department of Performing Arts. Worked as editor and editor in chief in the editorial department of several plastic and visual arts magazines. Worked as visual consultant at Theater Madrasah. Did visual studies for 3 months on body, voice and effects of space-use on movement. Works on body and movement for a decade. Gave lectures on improvisation techniques. Was the art director for a solo stage performance composed of a collection of Charles Baudelaire’s poems in Izmir French Cultural Centre . Exhibitions and Residencies “7”, İzmir State Kültürpark Art and Sculpture Museum, 2014 “Small Worlds”, Installation of “2kg flour bag” curated by Stefan Bohnenberger, K2 Contemparary Art Center, İzmir, 2015. Non-invasive species, group exhibition, in Guadeloupe, Mogadishou and Minneapolis, 2016 Body, Object and Space, The Boiler Film Club, New York, 2016 Beetime Artist Residency Scholarship and Exhibition, Santa Lucia, Vejer de la Frontera , October, 2016 Art Quarter Budapest Artist Residency, April 2017. Participating Art Budapest Week Open Studio. Arteles Art Residency in Finland Scholarship, July 2017. Participating Open Studio. ALSO Poetic story called Milk Shake aired on Ege FM.

Aurora Rodríguez (Alicante)

Aurora has studied Fine Arts at the University of Murcia, at the Complutense University of Madrid and at the University of Guadalajara (Mexico). Aurora has developed an artistic career whose main interest is to interpret art in a multidirectional and multidisciplinary way, understanding art as a natural consequence of the environment and its needs.
In her work, mostly conceptual (as a base and starting point) it reflects on the relationship between the individual and and the society, and the interdependency with the territory, using individual actions as a subject with which to work.

Mariana Carvalho (São Paulo)

Mariana Carvalho is pianist, improviser and performer. From her improvisation works, her interest has expanded to working with the body, gender and a transdisciplinary perspective. She has entered into sound experimentation introducing objects inside and outside the piano and exploring corporalities though eutony. Her current interest is to weave relationships between sound and space in the form of installations, expanded sound bodies, free improvisation, dance and feminism.

She completed her degree in piano at the University of São Paulo. She is part of the Sonora network – music and feminisms and of NuSom – Research Centre on Sonology of the USP, and Orquesta Errante, free improvisation group. She has researched relations between eutonia and free improvisation in scientific initiation, with FAPESP scholarship, supervised by Rogério Costa. She was part of Camerata Profana, ensemble of contemporary music, Coro Profana, vocal laboratory, Insólita Assemble colective and performance nucleus AANGA, directed by Miriam Dascal. She worked in theater as a musician with Club Noir and Lacuna Coletiva. She performed in Argentina, Germany, Mexico, Rumania and several places in Brasil.


Open Studios July 2018

Next July 28th, at 9pm, we will carry out our monthly Open Studios’ night. We invite you to join us at Centro Negra to experience the artworks of Chad Erpelding (Iowa / Idaho), Andrea Peña (Bogotá / Montreal), Carol Rashawnna (Washington), María Velasco (Madrid / Kansas), Bianca Lee (Florida), Clara J: son Borg (Jönköping / Rotterdam), are the artists in residence of the month of July.

These artists work in various disciplines such as painting, printmaking, performance or land art, with a strong interest on the political and environmental contemporary issues.

 

Chad Erpelding (Iowa / Idaho)
Chad Erpelding is a painter/printmaker/digital media artist whose work utilizes data visualization and systems-based strategies to explore global institutions. Through extensive research of corporations, political systems, governmental organizations, stock markets, etc., he looks to discover various representations of global networks and activities. His work challenges viewers to consider their relationships with these institutions while reevaluating their understanding of place in a global community.

Recent exhibitions include solo exhibitions at the Modern Art Museum, Yerevan, Armenia; Pinebox Art Center, Baltimore, Maryland; Nagoya Zokei University, Nagoya, Japan; and Alberta Printmakers Gallery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
He’s been included in group shows in the Philippines, Argentina, France, Italy, South Korea, Russia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Canada, and Mexico as well as throughout the US. He’s been awarded artist residencies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marnay-sur-Seine, France; and Yerevan, Armenia.
Erpelding received an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and is currently a Professor of Drawing and Painting and the Graduate Program Director at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, US.

Andrea Peña (Bogotá / Montreal)
Andrea Peña is a Colombian, Montreal based, multidisciplinary artist within the fields of choreography and design. Her works are focused on the creation of critical, alternative, performative and spatial
universes that question the individual within society, to bring about a consciousness of self within the public and audience. Artistic Director of Andrea Peña & Artists, founded in 2014, the dance company is
recognized nationally and internationally, touring locally and abroad.
Peña’s work has been commissioned by Montreal’s prestigious Musee des Beaux Arts, Canadian Center for Architecture, Laval Symphony Orchestra, the 375e Anniversary of Montreal, amongst others.
Commercially, Andrea has worked for top Montreal fashion brand RUDSAK as Creative Director, spearheading the company’s full visual direction and creative content channels. Peña is currently undergoing a masters at Concordia University starting September 2017, awarded the Dora and Avi Morrow Fellowship for Excellent Achievement in Visual Arts. Academically Peña has worked with Concordia Chair of Design Department, PK Langshaw for an extensive exhibition presented at the FOFA Gallery in 2016 and has been the recipient of two Concordia Undergraduate Student Research Awards. Peña is a TA within the Masters Engineering Department, for courses focused on Critical Design and Innovation. Her artistic creations have been supported by artistic residencies from Topological Media Lab Concordia, Hexagram Concordia, Circuit- Est Centre Choreographic Residency, Ionion Arts Center Greece, FIDCDMX in Mexico.

With the support of LOJIQ, Concordia University and Canada Council for the Arts. “We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.”

Carol Rashawnna (Washington)
Currently, in America, politics ARE the stage of ‘real tv drama’s’, in which she finds herself confused by the current state of our cultural environment.
Concerned about her country being more focused on capitalism than concerned about climate change. Every day, she feels like waking out of a dream and go to bed to a global nightmare. As an African American, the state of what’s occurring there, ie. the displacement of the ‘African American’, through a silent erasure and elimination (contemporary genocide) via legislation, doctrine of abortion, the prison industrial complex, killings by police, gentrification and food deserts, she feels an urgency to leave the country to gain a clearer perspective of her role as
an artist. While migro-agressions in her country are getting worse, she is interested in the common good.

As an artist who deeply cares about the environment, she would like to utilize her time in Spain to slow down, explore her relationship to the land and learn about the river Segura that runs through Blanca. She is willing to do a project focused on climate change, the people and culture in that area.
Her medium are painting/mono-prints and installations, also interested eco-and land art, or art that is regenerative she would love to develop eco-art with mono-print installation.

María Velasco (Madrid / Kansas)
María Velasco is a Spanish-born artist who has been living and working in the US since 1991.
She has shown her work nationally and internationally in prestigious contemporary art venues such all around USA like in Minneapolis, Santa Barbara, Chicago, Kansas City, Saint Joseph, or NY.
Internationally, she has exhibited in Madrid, Paraguay Darmstadt, Mexico, Argentina and Morocco.
Her work appears in prestigious publications. She was Artist-in-Residence at Sculpture Space (2007) and International Artist-in-Residence at ProyectoAce, in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2012). In 2016, she was Artist-in-Residence at Green Olive Arts, in Tetouan, Morocco.
Velasco received her Bachelor’s Degree in Painting from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid (1989), and her Master of Fine Arts in New Genre from the University of California at Santa Barbara (1993). She is an Associate Professor of Visual Art at the University of Kansas, and teaches courses in Installation Art, Drawing, Participatory Art, and Professional Practices for artists.

Bianca Lee (Florida)
Her works consists of ephemeral interventions in nature in a way that is emphatically corporeal described as earth-body art. A sculptural practice involving private performances striving for a communion between body, nature and art. Her human-scale works explores the links between humanness and the natural world but rarely use her body as a literal representation of herself. She deals with body art, photography, video and performance. Composing interventions visually and sculpturally while seeking to know through direct experience the essential, sacred nature of the cosmos.

Clara J:son Borg (Jönköping / Rotterdam)
Clara J:son Borg is a Swedish artist based in Rotterdam (NL). Her artistic research is directed towards ontologies surrounding the human body, its possible performance strategies, political subjects and post-dance theories. Though movements experimentation, spoken word, video and text she sets up situations in which cognitive, emotional and kinetic processes are able to enact and fit loosely to one another. An act and a looseness, which she understands as an invitation to observe elements of interpersonal relationships, social choreographies and knowledge hierarchies.
Clara holds a BA from HDK Steneby, Gothenburg University (SE, 2012) and an MA from The Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (NL,2016). She has been a resident the XXI CSAV-Artist Laboratory
Materials for performance, led by Yvonne Rainer, Fondoazione Ratti, Como
(IT), Body as Site, Banff Centre, Banff (CAN) and Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen (NO). Her work has recently been showed at Yellow Brick, Athens (GR), 13festivalen, Gothenburg (SE) ONONO, Rotterdam (NL), Österängens Konsthall, Jönköping (SE), Now&After international video festival, Moscow (RUS), de Appel, Amsterdam (NL), and Oktoberdans2016, Bergen (NO).

Clara is granted by CBK Rotterdam and by Mondriaan Fund in the Netherlands.


Open Studios June 2018

Next June 23th, at 8pm, we will carry out our monthly Open Studios’ night. We invite you to join us at Centro Negra to experience the artworks of Soyoung Park (Canada), Pilar Yvonne (USA), Clara J: son Borg (Sweden) and Tiana Hemlock-Yensen (Germany / Australia). They are the artists in residence of the month of June, and each of them base their work on the body and its relation / affect with specific environments.

With very diverse approaches, their interest go from the question of borders, the performativity of daily objects, the creation of fictional environments, to the narratives that the body and its capacities / limitations displays.

Soyoung Park (Canada)
Is a visual artist who studied Interactive Art, since then, improvisation has been at the heart of her work, pursued graduate studies in London, focusing on intuitive understanding in attaining the intention of art; improvisation soon became her method for merging visual art and dance.

She was then invited to present her work in Canada, Portugal, Switzerland, and Sweden. In 2015 and 2016, Soyoung performed in the Seoul International Improvisation Dance Festival. In 2016, I studied Zen Buddhist yoga for meditation in Korea in order to better understand the mind in the act of improvisation, and she participated in workshops and residency programs in Germany that same year. While contemplating improvisation through movement, sheI expanded the idea of improvisation to her practice of visual art by employing everyday objects as her subjects and her media. Park started to use organic materials, which change their colors and shapes over time. This led her to be an artist-in-residence in Korea on ‘Nature Art’ and improvisation in 2016, and in France in 2017. In addition, she was invited to participate in art camps in Romania, and in movement workshops for an annual festival in Topolò, Italy.

With the support of Canada Council for the Arts. “We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.”

 

Pilar Yvonne (USA)
Pilar is a choreographer and freelance dancer in Philadelphia, USA; previously based in New Orleans, Montréal, and Minneapolis. Her various places of home and travels continue to provide Pilar with new challenges and environments to engage with. Her choreography has often been rooted in improvisational beginnings and at times improvisational performances. She is challenging herself now to delve deeper into her ideas to find clearer vocabularies and nuanced visions. She finds inspiration for her work from reading a lot of sci-fi, seeking solitude, and practicing activities unassociated with dance. Pilar wants her work to engage people of all backgrounds, and to give them entrance into alternate realities. She believes in the power of a spectacle, and seeks to create atmospheric pieces that feel otherworldly. Following her participation at AADK, she will be a resident artist at Urban Movement Arts, in Philadelphia, where she will be developing her research from AADK into a larger work. She is currently dancing for Caroline O’Brien, Alchemy Dance, and Jessica Warchal-King. She has trained extensively in modern, contemporary and ballet, as well as hip hop, jazz, West African, contemporary Indian, Gaga, and contact improv.

Pilar resorted to Kickstarter to help finance the stay at Centro Negra AADK Spain.

Clara J:son Borg (Sweden)
Clara J:son Borg is a Swedish artist based in Rotterdam (NL). Her artistic research is directed towards ontologies surrounding the human body, its possible performance strategies, political subjects and post-dance theories. Though movements experimentation, spoken word, video and text she sets up situations in which cognitive, emotional and kinetic processes are able to enact and fit loosely to one another. An act and a looseness, which she understands as an invitation to observe elements of interpersonal relationships, social choreographies and knowledge hierarchies.

Clara holds a BA from HDK Steneby, Gothenburg University (SE, 2012) and an MA from The Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (NL,2016). She has been a resident the XXI CSAV-Artist Laboratory
Materials for performance, led by Yvonne Rainer, Fondoazione Ratti, Como
(IT), Body as Site, Banff Centre, Banff (CAN) and Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen (NO). Her work has recently been showed at Yellow Brick, Athens (GR), 13festivalen, Gothenburg (SE) ONONO, Rotterdam (NL), Österängens Konsthall, Jönköping (SE), Now&After international video festival, Moscow (RUS), de Appel, Amsterdam (NL), and Oktoberdans2016, Bergen (NO).

Clara is granted by CBK Rotterdam.

 

Tiana Hemlock (Germany / Australia)
Tiana Hemlock-Yensen is a dancer, writer, choreographer, teacher graduated from the S.N.D.O, Amsterdam in 2016 with a bachelor in Choreography. Before moving to Europe she performed and made work in NYC from 2008- 2012. She has a deep interest in the intimate and personal while continually questioning whether there is anything concrete about being a person anyway. Her works are informed by ritual and obsession, by intense physical practices, by extensive reading and by looking to identify the specific machines and constructions that we coproduce ourselves with. She is generating site specific performance work during her AADK residency in Murcia, Spain supported in part by the European Cultural Foundation’s STEP Travel Grant. She looks for and works around how to build meaningful fictions and connections of all kinds for the futures. Tiana is currently part of the Klein Technique Teacher Certification Program and is making her own work as well as touring as a dancer in Europe and the world.
Tiana has the pleasure of often working with and/or performing for Cristina Kristal Rizzo, Oneka von Schrader, Giulio D’Anna, Juli Reinhartz, Jeremy Wade and Benjamin Kamino and continues to draw physical and artistic inspiration from Maria F. Scaroni, Judith Sanchez Ruiz, Katie Duck, Ria Higler and Susan T. Klein.

This residency is supported partially by the STEP Travel Grant financed by European Cultural Foundation.


Next May 26th we will carry out our monthly Open Studios’ night. We invite you to join us at Centro Negra to take a look at the artworks of the artists in residence: Tiana Hemlock-Yensen (Germany / Australia); Mara Marxt & Tyler Lewis (Austria / USA); Ron Wild (Canadá); Sol Depetris and and Ezequiel Manasseri; Marianela Casado and Lucas Tibaldi (Argentina). Starting at 9:00 p.m. Open Canteen.

 

·Mara Marxt Lewis and Tyler Lewis ( Austria / U.S.A)

Mara and Tyler are visual and sound artists respectively.-wife and husband duo- began collaborating in 2013 at the Banff Centre, Canada. Their immersive multimedia artworks have continued to be the main focus of their collaborative practice as their working relationship strengthens and evolves with each piece. In their practice they focus on the complex relationship between humankind and nature, believing that how we engage with our natural environment is at times harmonious and other times oblivious. They present both of these perspectives in installation artworks using found objects, photography and audio-recordings to place elements of the natural world in dialogue with those of modern humanity. They participated in artist in residence programs in Scotland (Common Ground Residency), Germany (Pilotenkueche), Canada (The Banff Centre), United States (Elsewhere Studios) and even organized their own residence program in Seattle area (With the berries). Their work has been shown in venues in Scotland, Canada, the United States and Germany. Their artwork has been commissioned by Nuit Blanche Calgary in Canada, and the public art department of Klagenfurt, Austria.
They currently live and work in Glasgow, Scotland and Graz, Austria.

 

·María Sol Depetris and Ezequiel Adelmo Manasseri (Argentina)

Depetris and Manasseri -couple and partners in work and life- are architect by the Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Design of the National University of Rosario, UNR.
In 2015, they founded the architecture studio MANASSERIDEPETRIS, dedicated to design, art, architecture and urban planning. During 2016 they started a research project about techniques and trades of craftsmen to experiment with different materials and processes, resulting in CITRINO -a furniture design enterprise.
In 2009 Ezequiel received the award for Best Project of Graduation Archiprix International Award -local instance- and in 2011 he obtained the mention PF in the international instance in MIT, Boston, Massachusetts. Between 2010 and 2014, he have participated in the subject Architectural Project of the chair of Dr. Aníbal J. Moliné. He was the coordinator and jury of the contest for the selection of the Best Graduation Project of the FAPyD, Archiprix International Award, Local Instance, 2013 and 2015 Edition.
María Sol, from 2007 to 2015, served as Assistant Secretary for Extension of the FAPyD and
between 2009 to 2010 she participated as a Student Counselor in the Independent Domino Group to be part of the Board of Directors. In 2009 she was a member of the Superior Council of the UNR and in 2012 she founded the Centro Cultural y Galería de Arte DOSCUARTOS, a place that worked until mid-2016. María Sol also has participated as a jury and evaluation committee in various competitions and she obtained awards and mentions in photography. She made several workshops, seminars and clinics.
From 2016 to 2017 she worked as Secretary of Interinstitutional Relations in the College of Architects of District 2.

 

·Marianela Casado (Argentina)

In 2010, she began her studies in Anthropology at the Faculty of Humanities and Arts of the National University of Rosario, UNR. Since 2011 she was part of a neighborhood work group called the Popular Education Group, with which she carried out university extension work in various peripheral neighborhoods of the city of Rosario. Some of the projects that she have been guiding are: Sembrando Realidades and Está por ver. In 2015, she coordinated the Popular Education Group and held an adult literacy program called “Yo sí Puedo” in the Ludueña neighborhood. Currently, she is part of the Course ‘Curriculum and Didactics of Teachers in Anthropology’ as an Assistant Professor and is a graduate member of the Center for Philosophical, Historical and Anthropological Studies in Education, UNR. Her thesis is a research within the area called Urban Anthropology. In 2017, she began an investigation based on a neighborhood in the city of Rosario that is in the process of being privatized.

 

·Lucas Tibaldi (Argentina)

Tibaldi studied Statistics for 5 years and in 2007 he began his studies as an architect in the Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Design of the National University of Rosario, UNR.
At the same time, he began to investigate and train in visual arts with Professor P. Silquiti (2007) and the Lic. in Fine Arts: V. Gómez Haid (2008-2009). In the following years he exhibited his first artistic productions individually and collectively, as well as he participated as a collaborator in the construction of sculptures by the artist Dante Taparelli. In 2017 he entered in the Municipal School of Plastic Arts Manuel Musto, where he attended art history workshops: Avant-garde of the 20th Century and Contemporary Art by Nancy Rojas and Silvia Ferrari.
In this same year and up to the present, he carried out a clinic for the work of the visual artist Mauro Guzmán, which allowed him to enter into the investigation of contemporary art. In 2017 he was selected to participate in a Workshop on MACRO coordinated by Leticia Obeid.

 

·Tamara Ascanio (Spain)

Ascanio is researcher and scenic creator, performer and singer. Graduated in Drama Art (2010), Master in scenic practice and visual culture by (MPECV) and ARTEA (2013, Madrid).
In 2012 participates as a performer in the piece Untitled, Still Life, by Borralho & Joao Galante. Ascanio studied at MPECV where she developed Zoom, her first work as a creator. In 2014 she participates in the seminar Teatralidades Expandidas programed by ARTEA giving as a result the performance Cocina en Directo in collaboration with Mariona Naudin and Marta Batisttella. The same year Tamara is selected for the program of the artists in residence from La Casa Encendida together with CA2M, there is where she starts La Voz Transparente, a long research developed along Leal Lav (Tenerife), La Caldera (Barcelona) at currently at Centro Negra (Murcia).
Her scenic research work is characterized by navigating in the hidden territory of our daily reality and his fascination with the experience of estrangement. Lover of a slow temporality that expands, necessary to optimize our perception and deepen it. Silence and sound composition in real time have a fundamental presence in Tamara´s work.

This residency is supported partially by Canarias Crea.

 

·Tiana Hemlock-Yensen (Australia / Germany)

Tiana is a dancer, writer, choreographer, teacher graduated from the S.N.D.O, Amsterdam in 2016 with a bachelor in Choreography. Before moving to Europe she performed and made work in NYC from 2008- 2012. She has a deep interest in the intimate and personal while continually questioning whether there is anything concrete about being a person anyway. Her works are informed by ritual and obsession, by intense physical practices, by extensive reading and by looking to identify the specific machines and constructions that we coproduce ourselves with. She is generating site specific performance work during her AADK residency in Murcia, Spain supported in part by the European Cultural Foundation’s STEP Travel Grant. She looks for and works around how to build meaningful fictions and connections of all kinds for the futures. Tiana is currently part of the Klein Technique Teacher Certification Program and is making her own work as well as touring as a dancer in Europe and the world. Tiana has the pleasure of often working with and/or performing for Cristina Kristal Rizzo, Oneka von Schrader, Giulio D’Anna, Juli Reinhartz, Jeremy Wade and Benjamin Kamino and continues to draw physical and artistic inspiration from Maria F. Scaroni, Judith Sanchez Ruiz, Katie Duck, Ria Higler and Susan T. Klein.

This residency is supported partially by the STEP Travel Grant financed by European Cultural Foundation.

 

·Ron Wild (Canada)

Ron is an artist living in Toronto, often collaborating with mathematicians, scientists, and medical researchers. These collaborations facilitate the melding together of disparate processes, ideas, and contexts toward the goal of new discovery. A cross-camp runner, transporting ideas from one silo of expertise to another, he not only cross-pollinates original ideas, but also illustrates the lateral thinking explorations that spawned them in the first place. Rapid prototyping enables a fearless ‘let’s see what happens’ mode of playful experimentation and development in Wild’s work. Ron’s most widely known for his unique ‘smART Map’ digital mashups incorporating 80-100 layers of icons, graphics, and opaque background images. His Raw’n’ Wild signature montage style evolved from a personal visual note keeping system he developed while prototyping graphical user interfaces in the computer industry.
Now he actively explores ‘Digit All’ capabilities including; CNC (computer numerical control), interactive / programmable (Internet of Things), smart phone apps, virtual graffiti, projection, and 3D printing. An active portfolio of long term projects includes; Map of the Great Ideas (information mapping interface), MAPSwithOUTborders (‘No Compromise’ alternative dispute resolutions), LazyR Cutting (public art stencils), Tensegrity (cardboard tube structures), The Arctic Circle Expedition (Facebook group concerning global warming and single-use plastic pollution), WallBridge and Bottled Water Glacier (public art sculpture / structure), lenticular and anamorphic projections. Ron has been Artist-in-residence at the Banff Centre (Canada), Canadian Film Centre Media Lab (Toronto), Foundacion Vasarely (France), the Arctic Circle Expedition (Norway), and AADK Centro Negra (Spain).

 


On May 19th, AADK Spain participates with the works of the Artists in Residence of May, in Blanca Museum’s day. Different installations / interventions in the streets of Blanca, at Centro Negra and its surroundings, photography and video exhibition at EDOM, as well as the projection of artworks made in 2016 and 2017, en Victoria Theater, will be part of this artistic itinerary:

 

Streets of Blanca

At 12.30 pm. Performance. Tiana Hemlock-Yensen. (Germany / Australia). Calle de la Iglesia 6.

From 12.00 pm to 10.00 pm. Installations / Interventions:

·Mara Marxt and Tyler Lewis (Scotland); at the cross of the streets: Calle de la Merced, and Calle Esperanza del Castillo.

·Ron Wild (Canada); Address: Calle Nueva.

·Marianela Casado y Lucas Tibaldi (Argentina). Address: Calle Rafael Molina. (Beside Centro Negra)

 

EDOM. 12.00 pm – 2.00 pm / 5.00 pm – 8.00 pm. Address: Calle Ortega y Gasset.

·Sol Depetris y Ezequiel Manasseri (Argentina); Fotography.

·Tamara Ascanio (Spain); Video-performance.

 

Teatro Victoria. 2.00 pm / 5.00 pm – 8.00 pm. Entrance of Calle Ortega y Gasset.

·Video-projection of the artworks created by AADK artists in 2016 and 2017

Pietá. Abraham Hurtado (Spain)

Terrain. Daniel Gwirtzman (U.S.A.)

Phoenix Dactilífera. Carlos Cartama (Spain)

Deserts. Anders Bigum y Troels Primdahl (Denmark / Germany)

Sonora. Collective Creation Experience with children from 4 to 6 years old (Blanca)

 

Centro Negra. From 9.00 pm

Artwork of the artists in residence.

Performance by Tiana Hemlock-Yensen. (Germany / Australia).

Open Canteen and music by Dj P#


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