Three contemporary artists participate in an innovative international residency in the south of Chile, in the region of the Araucanía: French artist Etienne de France, New Zealand Maori artist Charlotte Graham and Chilean artist Gianfranco Foschino.
New Zealand Maori artist, Charlotte Graham (1972), French artist Etienne de France (1984) and Chilean artist Gianfranco Foschino (1983) were selected this year by Fundación Mar Adentro to participate in their residency program that seeks to establish dialogues between different disciplines to encourage awareness on nature conservation issues.
The program seeks to provide a cultural and scientific exchange and learning experience among professionals to foster international collaboration. The initiative also generates instances for artists to share knowledge and reflections generated in activities with local communities.
Each of the artists carries out processes of investigation and of artistic production related to nature, the territory and indigenous culture.
Etienne de France’s work focuses on conceptually reflecting on temporality and existing limits between reality and fiction, as well as territorial and landscape elements such as boundaries, seasons and its changes, by means of architecture, photography, writing, video and drawing.
Charlotte Graham works from her biography. Her Maori heritage activates the critical issues she develops in her work, issues affecting her community in New Zealand. With an emphasis on social and political denunciation, Graham recently incorporates environmental conservation issues within her artistic discourse. Committed to ecological causes that affect her community on a daily basis, she utilizes drawing, painting, mixed techniques, sculpture and engraving to speak out and reflect upon these concerns.
Gianfranco Foschino’s work plays with the temporality needed to inhabit the landscape in a contemplative way, which translates in real time in the videos he develops. In Bosque Pehuén Foschino will explore and dialogue with the inhabitants of the forest (birds and animals) to elaborate a sound project.
The residency considers four different aspects and lines of work:
- To hear the forest and the communities. While walking through Bosque Pehuén, the artists will receive theoretical inductions by scientists from the Universidad Austral of Chile, Iván Díaz, Daniela Mellado and Javier Godoy. They will also learn about Mapuche traditions, customs and worldview through Mapuche writer and researcher Cristián Cayupán, and Mapuche professor, academic and speaker of mapuzungún, Ana Ñanculef in the community of Maquehue.
- Personal exploration of artists. Hikes and moments of contemplation for research and individual exploration in the forest.
- Realization of workshops with schools located in the area surrounding Bosque Pehuén. The objective is to work together with the students about the care for the natural environment through actions linked to on-site exploration experience and artistic expression. The artists participate and guide the activities along with members of the FMA team: Carlos Mendoza, scientist, and Amparo Irarrázaval, visual artist.
The schools that participate in these activities are the schools that also participated during the first residency. The directors of each school are contacted and together with the Foundation a series of workshops are created according to their needs and interests. The participating schools are Quelhue, José Miguel Martínez Soto (Palguín Bajo) and Carileufu.
- Upon the artists return to Santiago, they will visit museums, galleries and cultural centers, where they will be received by curators, directors of spaces and artists in order to generate networks and exchange experiences. Some of the spaces are: Museum of Memory, National Museum of Natural History, Salvador Allende Solidarity Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC), National Museum of Visual Arts (MAVI), Gabriela Mistral Cultural Center, Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, among others.
On Wednesday May 3rd, the artists will also participate in a roundtable discussion at the National Museum of Natural History at 7:00 p.m., together with Beatriz Bustos O., Director of Arts, Culture and Education of Fundación Mar Adentro and Carlos Mendoza, Project Coordinator of Conservation of Fundación Mar Adentro.
This initiative corresponds to the second version of the FMA residency program in Chile. The first was with eight illustrators, four from Chile and four from the Nordic countries, whose experience led to the development of a book and the participation of Chilean artists in different cultural activities.
The presence of New Zealand artist Charlotte Graham was made possible thanks to the support of The Arts Council of New Zealand, Creative New Zealand within the framework of an alliance that has been created with FMA.
Fundación Mar Adentro
Date: Wednesday May 3rd, 2017
Time: 19:00 hrs
Place: Museo Nacional de Historia Natural
Room: Zona Océano
Limited capacity. Sign up at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Most of the conversation will be held in English.