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Guarda 2027, Art(e)facts: calls for two artists

Art(e)facts_Serra da Gardunha Art(e)facts_Serra da Gardunha Photo by Guarda 2027

Supernatural Togetherness is the first edition of Art(e)facts, a project organized by the Architecture and Territory programme of Guarda’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2027.

With the aim of promoting artistic creation and establishing bridges between (inter)national artists and local artisans, Art(e)facts calls for two artists or artistic entities to create an artistic project, carried out in partnership with artisans from the region of Fundão, Guarda and Manteigas, in Portugal.

The initiative is aimed at contemporary artistic practices that presents unpublished proposals or those at the research stage. The objectives of which should be to foster the learning of knowledge with local craftsmen and innovation in the field of current artistic creation. The proposal should be developed for a maximum of one month, in May 2021, at the workshop of a craftsman in Fundão, Guarda and Manteigas, in Portugal. The program is flexible but should be necessarily developed in two phases, the first being research oriented and the second for the production of the proposal. The residency will lead to a collective exhibition in July 2021, to be held in the artisans' workshops in Fundão, Guarda and Manteigas.

The scale of the proposal is free and considers the possibility for scaling up to a public space intervention.

Art(e)facts 2021 proposes an alliance between older generations — those who have kept the ancestral knowledge of the interior of Portugal — and younger generations — beset by uncertainties that prevent them from imagining the future. Can art and architecture save an endangered legacy and an uncertain future and rewrite them from a post-human point of view?

More than half of the world's population now lives in urban areas, and by 2050 that number will have grown to 6.5 billion people, two-thirds of Humanity. With the onset of globalisation, rural areas have become peripheral to cities and we now see that, with a rapidly ageing population, the passing down of ancestral knowledge is threatened.

Hit hard by the economic recession of 2008, millennials in the city are now immersed in the uncertainty of a global health crisis and climate emergency. Unlike those youngsters who saw man conquer space or who witnessed the founding of the welfare state, younger generations do not allow themselves to imagine the future. If art and architecture cement the collective imagination of each age, uncertainty and precariousness have led to artists and architects being less bold in their imaginings of an emancipated world.

Art(e)facts proposes the creation of a “network of practices” between art and artisanship, linked to the ecosystems of Fundão, Guarda and Manteigas and related to different forms and transmissions of knowledge, meaning and intelligence. With the echoes of ancient traditions, Art(e)facts aims to rescue the idea of "legacy" and rethink the relationship between those who have knowledge and those who should perpetuate it.

The application period runs from 19th February to 19th March.

All information here.


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