19-27 June 2018 – IVYnode as local organizer, in collaboration with BecomeBecome, with the patronage of the Municipalities of Nurri and Ulassai and the support of Stazione dell’Arte – Museum of Contemporary Art organized the 4th Nomadic Art Residency Become Become “A call to origins”, the exhibition programme taking place in Nurri, and the Symposium in Stazione dell’Arte in Ulassai.
The full-immersive journey investigated practical approaches to the theme ‘A Call to Origins’. During the 9-day residency in the heart of Sardinia, the artists had a unique opportunity to transform, make and exhibit the work in the Monastery of Nurri and the surrounding area. Becomebecomers also participated in the 1st Symposium on Transdisciplinary Narratives organized in collaboration with Stazione dell’Arte di Maria Lai. Sardinia, and in particular the interior of the island, has been choosen for his calm environment rich with history, mystery and magnetism which allows to disconnect from the outside and move towards an intimate space.
The artists visited as well places of archeological interest known from their strong magnetism, exploring the territory and connecting with the nature and the surrounding.
Thanks to the long collaboration, the Municipality of Nurri provided the use of the Monastery of Santa Rosa annexed to the Church, dating both back to the XVII century. The artists were invited to use the space and to get inspiration for creating the art project and the final exhibition. The Monastery complex dates back to the 17th century and presents a large number of rooms and outdoor spaces to accommodate anything from traditionally hung work to larger-scale installations.
In addition to the exhibition, the participants were invited to the Symposium on Transdisciplinary Narratives organised by IVYnode and hosted by Stazione dell’Arte Contemporary Art Museum.
What does it mean to connect to origins? Are they located in the past, future or both? What role do our surroundings play in connecting to our roots? Can we connect to our roots through someone else’s work? The transdisciplinary approach would like to involves the work of the well-known Sardinian artist Maria Lai (1919-2013), which pieces have been exhibited at the 2017 Venice Biennial, and her work is strongly connected to the theme of ‘origins’ and to the local community of Ulassai.
Maria Lai’s work, besides being very tied to the theme of origins, is also declared by historiography as one of the first artists experimenting Relational Art in Europe. She has in fact overturned the relationship between artist and observer, making people become the true author of the work, and it is a new way of thinking and practicing art. In this context, the intent is also to continue this work of interrelation by bringing together artists, researchers, and the community, by creating a space for dialogue and interaction.
Stazione dell’Arte Museum, in addition to showing the art of Maria Lai, is also committed to carry on her work, engaging in local and international dialogue on art that finds creative ways to involve viewers around the theme of origins.
During the residency, the artists stayed in the Hotel Istellas, on the shores of Lake Flumendosa, 3 kilometers away from the village, in a unique landscape for artists to connect with the nature and the surronding.
Each participant shared the room with someone else. Breakfast and one meal were included in the price.
The territory offers an extraordinary concentration of trace of the past and there are many settlements of great archaeological interest that have turned into a cultural point of reference.
Nuraghi, Menirs, Domus de janas, Tombs of Giants built mostly between 3400 and 2700 BC, dated to the late Neolithic, Chalcolithic and early Bronze Age.
It is a suggestive place to explore.