ANNEMARIE CABRI (Canada)
Annemarie Cabri is a well-established Canadian educator in the art of dance who lives in Toronto. She works closely with different communities and her approach is linked to the search for movement and the way we learn. She has performed as a professional dancer with Het Nationale Ballet in Amsterdam and then as a contemporary dancer in Canada. She teaches and works with the National Ballet of Canada and other schools, and is director of Cabri Dance. The new work, which will be created specifically for the town of Nurri, explores the stories and daily movements of its inhabitants on the streets of the town, transforming them into a choreographic dance. During the three weeks, educational workshops will be proposed, and VOLUNTEERS of all ages are sought who are interested in creating a cross-cultural happening by sharing the final project with the public. The entire population of Nurri, of the surrounding area, and people of all ages who will be in Sardinia in June are invited to participate and take part in the workshops for the creation of a final choreography.
ALLISON MORRIS (Canada)
Allison is a photographic artist based in Montreal, Quebec. Her work consists of self-portraits that explore gender construction, beauty and identity as well as the boundaries of the body through a feminist lens. She attempt to blur the boundaries of the female body and what it represents, creating monstrous, fluid and veiled forms, often with the help of openly “feminine” fabrics and fashions. Her interest is mainly focused on how women have been represented in art history and how religious and cultural expectations have influenced them. These stories have had a profound impact on her work, and during her stay in Nurri she will deepen the search for these representations by being inspired by the village context.
ALYSSA KIMBROUGH (Canada/Chile)
Alyssa Kimbrough was born in Canada, grew up in Chile, and graduated in Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, United States. Her latest works focus on movement and human emotions in dance, letting the music inspire the background and the figure emerges from it. Alyssa’s work will be inspired by this research on the “movement” by inserting it in an immersive search of the Nurri community, knowing people, their passions, ways of expressing themselves and, above all, how they see the passage of time. Alyssa will initially work with photographs of people ‘s long exposure in their daily natural state and then transfer them to canvas, painting the local passage and the vision of time. Capturing the movement and emotion of the country on the canvas, through a combination of abstraction and realism, the artist with his paintings will try to capture the culture of the community, the different personalities of the people and the fluidity of life in and around Nurri.
PASCAL UNGERER (Ireland/UK)
Pascal Ungerer is an artist photographer and visual artist from Cork, Ireland, who currently lives in London. Pascal is interested in the social and geopolitical history of the territories and his interest is aimed at marginal habitats, which are obsolete or dysfunctional and do not adapt to conventional socio-geographical norms. He often likes to create digitized imaginary landscapes that form an intersection between time, narrative and place, using them as a means to recontextualize the liminal and peripheral topographies within his work. Pascal’s work in Nurri is part of a larger project that predicts a documentary video, which will analyze the problems of migration, depopulation, loss and abandonment of the territory. A problem often caused by the fact that many young people leave the country, moving to larger urban areas to study and work. This problem is often overshadowed, but is instead present in many regions of Europe, and sadly also in the territory of Nurri. Pascal’s research is based on the consequences of this exodus, observing how small countries and rural areas have changed, and documenting what is left. Pascal would like to interview many of the residents who still live in Nurri to be able to use these oral stories at the beginning of his video. He would also be happy to interview the young people of the country and maybe find someone who could assist him in this research and documentation work. It would be a good opportunity to learn his working method and certainly to train English.
KAREN YURKOVICH (Canada)
Karen Yurkovich artistic practice is driven by research on symbolic, historical and political themes and the relationship with nature. Her works evolve as stories that weave narrative with factual information on native and immigrant plants, biodiversity and GMOs. Her work in Nurri will be based on research on agricultural production and food, discovering local recipes, how food is produced and shared and where it comes from, integrating and involving the local community in this documentation project. Karen would be happy to meet the women of the village and discover their recipes, their way of preparing food, the plants used and their cultivation habits. A neighborhood is built through shared experience and common needs and desires. Food, and in particular the recipes and the way they have evolved and continue to evolve, is a living testimony of the bonds that bind people. Together with their individual ingredients they map the changes and influences undergone by the neighborhood, also contributing to its common identity. Karen is a Canadian artist, some of her projects have been made for Arboreal Archeology in Italy, the Beaty Museum for Biodiversity in Vancouver. She was director and professor of MFA in Studio Arts at SACI in Florence and currently teaches at Emily Carr University and LaSalle College in Vancouver. Her work is present in private and public collections including the Bill Gates Foundation, Unicredit Bank is many others.
MILO THESIGER-MEACHAM (UK)
Milo Thesiger-Meacham is an artist, composer, performer and member of the Resonance Radio Orchestra. His recent work “Deep Inside the Velvet Pond”, with music “Another Time” by Pearls Before Swine, was exhibited at the London College of Communication and includes collections of youtube movies of alligators on the golf courses in Florida. Milo would like to create a work related to the sounds of Nurri, and is interested in a direct experience with those who live in close contact with the countryside and the surrounding nature. His research is focused on the audio recording of insects and animals, but also of all those sounds that are part of collective rituals related to parties or moments of aggregation and socialization. The audio recorded in Nurri will be broadcast by the revolutionary London art radio stations Resonance 104.4FM and Resonance Extra. Milo would also like to create scenarios and would be happy to involve some young people from the country to help him in this new creative project.
JESSICA BROOKE ANDERSON (USA)
Jessica Brooke Anderson is an American artist whose work navigates the boundary between mind and body through a recontextualized lens between science, medicine and biological phenomena. Her invented scenarios ask questions with the intention of provoking participatory explorations of the individual self. During her residence in Nurri she would like to use Sardinian cork, one of the materials that most absorbs sound, to enclose in it the stories and testimonies of the Nurrese community. It has been scientifically proven that cork absorbs and “traps” sound waves within its honeycomb structure, and for this reason it is a metaphorical and authentic guardian of secrets. The artist will carry out his project “Sughereta: the Silent Collection” by retaining words permanently in the cellular structure of the cork, keeping the oral narration safe and forever. It will be a poetic work based on interactivity with the inhabitants of Nurri, in search of stories and stories of the country.
DAN VELASQUEZ (USA)
Dan Velasquez is an artist based in San Francisco. He traveled around the world at a young age and his works were strongly influenced by different cultures. His artistic practice explores the dialogue between the environment and the inhabitants that inhabit it, trying to convey a sense of community and wonder in relation to public spaces. His interest in nature, environmental design, clean and sustainable energy led him to use and promote a conscious approach in his artistic practice. Daniel worked with 5 Feet From The Moon, a studio of metal and cement artists in Santa Cruz, California, acquiring basic technical skills for welding, metal processing, large-scale concrete casting; he studied sculpture at San Francisco State University, favoring ceramics because of its ancient and human character; has acquired various experiences in graphic design, with numerical control machines, 3D modeling programs and other types of technological means that uses tangible materials such as clay in its manufacturing process. During his stay in Nurri he is interested in combining all these skills by also interacting with the various local artisans, inspired by local culture and customs, in order to stimulate his personal investigation. In the last 2 years Daniel has also worked as a muralist and will have the opportunity to create a Murales in San Sperate, the town of Pinuccio Sciola, during the Sant’Arte Festival organized by the Sciola Foundation.
TOM JOHNSON (UK)
Tom Johnson is an artist based in London. In his work he uses painting, mechanical tools, software, traditional craft processes and investigates the relationship of objects over time. During his time in Nurri he will carry out a study of the various areas of the country as transitional and social spaces by observing the daily movements of its inhabitants. His work will focus on the production of a new body of works that includes drawing, painting and abstract documentary film, based on the landscape, the surrounding architecture and the individuals who live, work and inhabit the country. He would like to interact with the inhabitants by offering a series of practical group activities, interviews and video / audio recordings. His work will focus on the documentation, elaboration and development of a narrative and personal story, linking it to the present and the future through collective design and mapping exercises. These exercises will take shape through short walking tours that map and discuss wildlife, plants, but also experiences and stories from a neighborhood or a street in particular, with the aim of creating a collaborative illustration inspired by local landmarks of the territory of Nurri. Tom has recently spent a year in Japan, his artistic practice is in a crucial phase of change and energy and would like to have the opportunity to incorporate various aspects of experimentation into his work through drawing and observational teaching.
SILVIJA JUOZELSKYTE (Lithuania)
Silvija Juozelskyte is a Lithuanian textile artist – designer with a Master of Art from Vilnus Art Academy and a specialization in textile art. Her artistic project creates a dialogue with the long tradition of Sardinian spinning and weaving. Silvija, which uses only natural fabrics (linen, silk, wool, leather strips), would like to work with the wool of our territory, in order to have direct contact with this material starting from the sheep shearing process, cleaning, combing , up to the spinning and weaving. She will be happy to share her extensive knowledge of spinning and coloring (batik, shibori, etc.) with anyone interested in this ancient art. Silvija will draw some of his working tools from Lithuania: Lithuanian comb and spindle, it would be interesting to dust off the grandmothers’ ancient tools, accompanying Silvija in this research process. Silvija’s project has the support of the Lithuanian Council for Culture and the artist will write daily on his blog, sharing his personal experience in Nurri, telling the history, culture and local traditions of the local textile art.
HELENA WADSLEY (Canada)
Helena Wadsley, exhibited some of her works last year in the Convent of Santa Rosa, and will participate as an organizer and as an artist in this new edition of the Artistic Residence “Su Bixinau”. Those who visited the exhibition last year will remember the installation with the entirely handmade dress displayed in one of the rooms of the convent; the sheet lying on the ground, in which a tree was depicted; the long red train woven using recycled material; the delicate “Birth” installations. The artistic practice of Helena explores the belonging to a place (the roots) and the connection with the territory. She works with a variety of materials and mediums including painting, drawing, textile sculpture, video and photography. She incorporates natural materials such as earth pigments or vegetable dyes, natural fibers or discarded fabrics, creating works that have less impact on the environment, and with a focus on our society’s consumption disposal cycle. We are happy with the presence of Helena in Nurri because through her work and her sensibility it will be possible to capture other aspects of our territory in a new way, and it would be nice and interesting to create moments of exchange with the women of Nurri who still today retain the passion for weaving.
THOMAS KEIS (Germany)
Born in Augsburg, Germany. Multidisciplinary artist honored with the Masteraward by the Academy of Design Munich. His work has been showed in several solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Spain, Switzerland and severel times in the Maison&Objet traide Fair (Paris). His production is full of stylised and powerful designs, and it has been recognized by important Design Magazine ( Harpers Bazzar, Inform, Wohnrevue, El Pais etc). By now he design and manufacture in his studio close to the mountains of Monserrat (Spain), where he finds inspiration for his individual furniture pieces and free project works. Thomas was born in Augsburg, Germany, but has lived for more than 15 years in Spain, where he designs and produces his works in his studio and laboratory, preferring wood as a material for his work. Last year, in the convent of Santa Rosa, Thomas created the work “Domus”, inspired by the Domus de Janas of the territory of Nurri, and created an interior planimetry of the ancient prehistoric burial structures. His work, through a suspended character, created in the viewer a feeling of mystery, reflection and wonder, trying to bring him closer to that mystical and sacred dimension of the domus de janas.
IVANA PINNA (Italy/Spain)
Ivana Pinna is born in Nurri, her curious nature and her many interests push her away from her native country, she graduates in Political Sciences, works for European institutions and international organizations, specializes in ITC (Information and Communication Technologies). Her love for languages leads her to live in different countries, accompanying her pre-established professional career to a parallel life in various artistic disciplines. Her professional and artistic career has always been driven by a deep interest in social and relational practices perceived as opportunities for sharing. In recent years her work involves collaborative projects with other artists in various transdisciplinary and participation fields in which the public is also involved in the creative process. It is the catalyst of the IVYnode project, whose goal is the promotion of culture, art, the environment and innovation within small territorial communities, including Nurri, the village where she grew up.