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The art project Echoes of the Void invites to contribute an article about research and reflections relevant to deserts and desertification.

Contributions will be published in a printed book, in the periodical e-newsletter, and on the echoesofthevoid.com-website.

Deadline: June 15, 2017

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Here we present the documentary of the edition 2017 of the artist residency Barda del Desierto in Patagonia.

Maria Rebecca is talking here in perfect Spanish about her experience and of her work.

Have a look!

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a delightful evening with Barda Del Desierto residency artists: Carmen Vicente (Peru); Celeste Rojas Mugica (Chile), Federico Gloriani (Argentina); Leo Ayres (Brazil); Natalí Tubenchlak (Brazil); Nina Bacun (Croatia), Rodrigo Alcon Quintanilha (Argentina); Mauro Rosas and Fabián Urban (Argentina)

Starting my project “Imaginary Atlas” with the local community for the residence program Barda del Desierto. A special thanks to Albinia Elena Villalba for hospitality, for the delicious “churrasca patagonica”, thè mate and for telling me in the interview so interesting stories!

     Celebrating Gauchito Gil with dance and food.

That’s the Gauchito Gil legend: Guacito Gill a legendary character of Argentina’s popular culture. The legend tells that Antonio Gil was born in the 1840s as a farmworker in a ranch and a devout believer in the folk saint San La Muerte. It is said that the owner of the ranch, a wealthy widow named Estrella Diaz Miraflores, fell in love, or had an affair, with him, but when her brothers and the head of the local police (who was also in love with Miraflores) found out about their relationship, they accused him of robbery and tried to kill him. He enlisted in the army to escape from them, fighting against the Paraguayan army. When the war ended, he returned home and was welcomed as a hero.
 But when he arrived at his village, he was forcibly recruited by the Colorados to return to the army and fight in the Argentine Civil War against the Liberal parties. After he tired of fighting, he decided to desert and became an outlaw. In the years following his desertion, he acquired a reputation as a Robin Hood figure, for his efforts to protect and help the needy, the poor, and those who suffered in extreme poverty. Many locals stated that “Gauchito” Gil had miraculous healing powers and the ability of hypnosis, and that he was apparently immune to bullets.
On January 8, 1878, the local police, led by Colonel Velázquez, caught him hiding in a forest after a party and took him about 8 kilometers away from Mercedes. There, they tortured him over a fire and hanged him from his feet on an algarrobo tree, preparing to execute him. When the police sergeant was about to kill him, “Gauchito” Gil said to him: “You are going to kill me now, but you will arrive in Mercedes tonight at the same time as a letter of my pardon. In the letter they will also tell you that your son is dying of a strange illness. If you pray and beg me to save your child, I promise you that he will live. If not, he will die.” The sergeant laughed at this, and responded, “I don’t care,” and killed “Gauchito” Gil by slitting his throat.
When the sergeant returned to his village, he found a soldier there with a letter of pardon for “Gauchito” Gil. The letter also said that the sergeant’s son was very ill and on the brink of dying. Frightened, the sergeant prayed to “Gauchito” Gil for his son to be saved. The next day, his son was inexplicably cured, though legend has it that “Gauchito” Gil had healed the son of his murderer. Very grateful, the sergeant gave Gil’s body a proper burial, and in his honor built a shrine in the form of a red cross. Moreover, he tried to let everybody know about the miracle.

 

 

 

 

It’s a long trip from the European continent to southern South America: today Rebecca will take the plane to the Patagonian Desert and join the artist residency Barda del Desierto in Rio Negro in Argentina after ca 22 hours!

 

With an art project for Echoes Of The Void in her luggage, Rebecca is looking forward to meet the other artists of the residency and the local community. Rebecca will do here her researches and give a workshop on imaginary mapping.

Thanks again to Maraya Art Center for hospitality and its support for Echoes of the Void.

    

Here are soem pictures of the current exhibition Place and Unity

Artists are frequently concerned with place – examining and capturing the soul of a location they have a connection with, be it physical, emotional or philosophical.

Maraya Art Centre has selected a group of works from the art collection of the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) drawn together under the title “Place and Unity”. Works by fourteen Emirati and UAE-based artists from across the generations will be exhibited. The works on display include a striking new commission called Foresta Sommersa by Rand Abdul Jabbar that refers to the city of Venice where she was mentored by the Italian artist Fabrizio Plessi. The artists in this show address themes of home, identity, communication and nomadism by referring to different countries and cities: from the UAE to Palestine, from Geneva to Shanghai. They examine what unites people of different nationalities with a specific focus on the United Arab Emirates today.

Consisting of acquisitions, commissions and donations, the ADMAF Art Collection has an emphasis on Emirati practice and seeks to highlight artistic expression from the Arab world and Middle East. The collection features more than 80 pieces which present the creativity of the UAE and the wider Arab world. By exhibiting the collection in its offices and through exhibitions and loans, ADMAF promotes the achievements and oeuvre of each artist – engaging, educating and informing the public about the region’s art scene.

                       

      

 

Saturday Rebecca has been at the exhibition opening: Design House 2016: Change, Coordinates + Someone Else  at 1971-Design Space which  is a multi-functional design space dedicated to exhibition, display and discussion on all forms of contemporary design ranging from graphic, furniture to interior as well as interactive design and new technologies. 1971-design space is situated in The Flag Island in Sharja.

About the exhibition Design House2016: Change, Coordinate+Someone Else:

What is considered change? In its simplest forms, change is a shift, a development or deterioration, a revision, or a redefinition, a transformation, an adjustment, an evolution, a revolution. Change is often instigated by curiosity and imagination; curiosity to find answers to unsolved mysteries and/or an imagination that goes wild, beyond what currently is to what could potentially be. Change starts with an observation, a question; a critical, uncompromising eye.

It has been this year’s DH participants’ mission to investigate the conditions of a location and a group of people, “an X”, then propose design-driven solutions that address an existing short-coming or uncover hidden potentials that could perhaps support, improve the quality of life, or give voice to their X. This has been nothing short of a challenge; starting points are often elusive, especially if the process requires engaging with others outside one’s circle; be it governmental entities, communities that do not share the same language, or individuals that are skeptical of one’s motivations. A good place to start, however, is by defining the problem, and employing different research methods to learn as much as possible about one’s subject matter.

Design House 2016 continues to ask difficult questions about the city of Sharjah and its residents, provoking reactions by opening channels of feedback to the exhibited proposals. The audience is invited to reflect and share their thoughts and opinions about the validity of the problems/solutions with the designers who continue to develop their research over the duration of the exhibition. This more open format is intended to assist designers in refining their parameters of change based on direct responses from members of the community, and hopes to lead the audience to start questioning their role in igniting change and how they can be part of this investment in people and in place.

Curated by: Mobius Design Studio