Arte y Conservación: Programa de Residencias en Bosque Pehuén 2017 from Fundación Mar Adentro on Vimeo.

New Zealand Maori artist Charlotte Graham (1972), French Etienne de France (1984) and Chilean Gianfranco Foschino (1983) were the artists selected by Fundación Mar Adentro to participate in this year's version of the residency program supported by Creative New Zealand, a program that seeks to establish dialogues between different disciplines to encourage nature conservation awareness.

The residence was held between April 10th and May 4th, 2017. In the first week of work the artists visited natural parks in the Araucanía region together with scientists from the Universidad Austral—Iván Díaz, Daniela Mellado and Javier Godoy. The artists also visited a Mapuche community, where they met with scholars of their culture: writer Cristián Cayupán and researcher and expert in mapudungun Ana Ñanculef.
During their second week the artists had time to carry out their personal research in Bosque Pehuén, with excursions accompanied by scientists to explore the different environments of the forest.

The following third week Foschino, Graham and de France guided workshops for students ages 5 to 13 in three schools located in close proximity to Bosque Pehuén, Quelhue, Carileufu and Palguín Bajo. These schools have been chosen due to their interest in including multiculturality, teaching the Mapuche language and their concern and educational focus on the environment. The workshops considered different work methods to create a joint piece: observing nature through magnifying glasses, a time for reflexión and dialogues of what they observed, to then develop a joint artistic production between all the students and the artists.

Upon their return to Santiago to conclude their residency, the artists visited different cultural centers, where they were received by curators or museum directors in an effort to enhance future collaborations; and they also conducted a roundtable discussion session open to the public in the National Museum of Natural History of Santiago, where they spoke about their experience during the residency and their thoughts on existing relationships between art and science.