GOOD NEWS! We have finally determined the dates for the submission of applications for the Open Selection Process 2015-2016. Starting on March 1, 2015, artists of all ages, nationalities and artistic disciplines may submit their applications electronically. April 15, 2015, will be the deadline to receive applications. We will do pre-selection online during May and June. We will convene a final selection committee in July. Final results will be announced in late July 2015. We will award Fellowships from October 2015 through the end of 2016. Full details will be posted in February 2015 on our website www.sacatar.org under APPLICATION. Good luck!
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Sacatar hosted five Fellows in the October-December residency session. Each engaged with the local culture in ways meaningful to their artistic practice, as you will see below:
Where the landscape is continuously made and unmade
Coming back to its many familiar shapes in cycles of push and pull
It is easy to imagine redrawing time.
To redraw time, what would that look like?
Instead of a line moored in a fixed past, extending toward an uncertain future
In a place like this you could draw a circle instead.
(It is a circle so vast, it might, from where you’re standing, look like a line
The way the horizon once seemed like the straight-edge end of the world
To the first sailors
Who feared they might plunge to their deaths
But pressed on anyway to find new shores
And came back bearing tales of a world without end.)
If time is a circle it doesn’t matter where you end and where you begin,
because there are infinite beginnings and infinite endings.
It is easier then to imagine the fading of your own capacity to witness
In favor of someone else’s.
It is easier to imagine the tides receding and coming back, the constellations wheeling and returning,
Without need of any witness.
It is easier to imagine sailing off the edge of the world,
Only to find yourself coming home, back to the place where you began.
If time is a circle, you are always setting out and always returning.
If time is a circle, every moment is every beginning and every end.
LINA EL-MOUNZER contributed a poem and the photographers MÁRIO MACILAU and ROMY POCZTARUK contributed photos for the CD cover. Liutauras also collaborated with GERMAINE INGRAM with whom he did two performances during the Open Studio held at the end of their residencies.
The Instituto Sacatar greatly regrets the death of one of its closest friends, the French visual artist Serge Ungaro, who sailed to the island of Itaparica over 30 years ago. Fascinated by its culture and enchanted by its natural beauty, he never left the place. Serge was the owner of the inn Passageiros do Vento, just down the street from Sacatar. Shortly before breakfast on the morning of November 25, Serge excused himself. At nine that morning he was found lying in his bed, having suffered a massive heart attack. He was buried in the cemetery high on the hill above the town of Itaparica on the afternoon of November 26. KAREN OSTROM (Canada>USA, 2013) observed about Serge, ‘He was so sad about the injustices of the world and I think I see that in some of these pictures.’
Here is a small sampling of the extraordinary diversity of work currently produced by former Sacatar Fellows, some of which was developed during their residencies. We regret we can’t publish everything we receive from former Fellows, but we love to know what you all are up to, so please stay in touch! (To learn more about our Fellows’ experiences in Bahia in their own untranslated words, click on their individual names below to access their ALUMNI pages.)
ALICE MICELI (Brazil, 2011) is the winner of the PIPA 2014 Award of $100,000 Brazilian reais (around forty thousand dollars). She was also the winner of the PIPA People’s Choice Award. Here is a brief interview with Alice, with English subtitles.
CRISTINA MEGÍA (Spain, 2014) opened a solo exhibition on December 12 at Galeria Punto Rojo, in Granada, Spain. The exhibition of paintings includes the series of portraits called Bahianos, which she created during her residency at Sacatar. Bahianos is Cristina’s response to the fact that the port of Salvador received more than one million African slaves during the 18th and 19th centuries. This cruel demographic phenomenon caused Cristina to reflect on its influence on the look of the people of Bahia. Cristina explains, ‘My hand wanted to meditate on this inevitable presence; I don’t know if as a tribute or an homage or as a confrontation, or simply as the result of my wish to understand.’ The exhibition will run through January 2015.
DANY LERICHE and JEAN-MICHEL FICKINGER (France, 2009 & 2014) have shown work recently at the Galerie JOSEPH at the Musée Picasso in Paris, and at L’Art Pur Gallery in Riyahd, Saudi Arabia. They also exhibited Divinités Noirs, (photo above), at the Embassy of France in Washington, DC, USA. Dany and Jean-Michel are in Mali this month where they continue their photographic work documenting spiritual practices in African cultures and in cultures of African descent.
DIANA BLOK (Uruguay>Netherlands, 2003) continues to return frequently to Brazil. As part of the Tempo Festival of Scenic Arts held in October, Diana exhibited photographs she made of famous Brazilian actors and actresses dressed as people of the opposite sex whom they admire. The large-format photos, installed along the seashore of Rio de Janeiro from Flamengo to Recreio, were seen by the thousands of people who stroll these famous walkways day and night.
MARIELSON CARVALHO (Brazil, 2014) opened the fourth edition of FLICA – the Literary Festival of Cachoeira — as one of the panelists in O tempo de Caymmi, a presentation about the work of the famous poet and composer of Bahia, Dorival Caymmi. Stella Caymmi, Dorival Caymmi’s granddaughter, seated by Marielson’s side, also participated in the debate about the poet, his work and time.
President, Sacatar Foundation