divendres, 22 d’agost de 2008

Manifest ARTCAMP

Nosaltres artistes del món manifestem:
Que ens unim a l’Assemblea General de les Nacions Unides impulsora de la Declaració Universal dels Drets Humans i que ha proclamat l’any 2008 Any internacional del Planeta Terra;
Que fem nostres els objectius de desenvolupament sostenible que promouen un ús intel·ligent dels materials de la Terra;
Que utilitzarem la nostra imaginació per ajudar a mantenir l’equilibri dinàmic del Sistema Terrestre que ens sosté a tots;
Que jugarem un rol clau a l’hora de construir un món sostenible procurant no malgastar recursos que no poden ser reposats;
Per aquests motius:
Els signataris d’aquest manifest decidim, mitjançant l’expressió artística.
Promoure la diversitat cultural que constitueix un patrimoni comú que s’ha de valorar.
Preservar en profit de tots i engrescar la imaginació de la gent per fer de la Terra un lloc de pau, més saludable i més just per les generacions futures.

Nous artistes du monde :
Réaffirmons notre soutien à l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies qui a adopté la Déclaration Universelle des Droits de l’Homme en 1948 et proclamé 2008 Année internationale de la Planète terre ;
Faisons nôtres les Objectifs du Millénaire sur le développement durable qui promeuvent une utilisation rationnelle des ressources de la Terre ;
Prenons l’engagement d’utiliser notre créativité en vue de garantir l’équilibre de l’écosystème mondial et de jouer un rôle majeur dans la construction d’un monde meilleur;
En foi de quoi:
Nous signons le présent Manifeste et décidons, à travers l’expression artistique
- de promouvoir la diversité culturelle qui constitue le patrimoine commun devant être mis en valeur et préservé au bénéfice de tous les peuples
- d’encourager la créativité humaine pour faire de la Terre un oasis lde Paix, plus sain et plus juste pour les générations futures

We the artists of the World, state the following:
We join with the General Assembly of the United Nations, author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in proclaiming 2008 the International Year of the Planet Earth.
We adhere to sustainable development objectives which promote an intelligent use of the materials of the Earth;
We will play a key role in building a sustainable world and will endeavour not to waste non-renewable resources;
We will use our imagination to help maintain the dynamic balance of the terrestrial system which sustains us all;
For these reasons:
We the undersigned, undertake by means of artistic expression, to promote, value and preserve the cultural diversity that constitutes our common heritage for the benefit of all, to make Planet Earth a more peaceful, healthier and fairer place for future generations.

Мы, художники мира, заявляем:
Что присоединяемся к Генеральной Ассамблее Объединённых Наций, создавшей Всемирную Декларацию Прав Человека и провозгласившей 2008 год Международным Годом Планеты Земля;
Что ставим перед собой цели устойчивого развития, включающие в себя разумное использование ресурсов Земли;
Что употребим своё воображение для того, чтобы помочь сохранению динамичного равновесия Земной Системы, питающей нас всех;
Что сыграем ключевую роль в строительстве устойчивого мира, стараясь избежать растраты невозместимых материалов;
Подписавшие этот манифест решают, художественными средствами выражения,
Поддерживать разнообразие культур, наше общее наследие, которое следует ценить и хранить для блага человечества, и содействовать развитию воображения всех людей для того, чтобы Земля стала пристанищем мира, дарующим грядущим поколениям больше здоровья и справедливости.

Ordino, 2 août 2008
Artistes participants à l’Art camp 2008

dimecres, 20 d’agost de 2008

"I Left my heart in Andorra", Suelin Low Chew Tung

Andorra is a small landlocked country of 468 sq km, located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France. It is governed by a duumvirate - the President of France and the Bishop of Urgell, Spain are co-princes. The population is predominantly Roman Catholic and its people are currently listed as having the highest human life expectancies in the world, at an average of 83.5 years. Tourism, the mainstay of Andorra's tiny, well-to-do economy, accounts for roughly 80% of GDP.

Ordino, one of Andorra’s seven parishes, hosted forty artists representing 24 countries, at the Colours for the Planet Art Camp, organised by the UNESCO Commission in Andorra. Artists from across Europe joined artists from as far away as Cambodia, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Congo and Greece for ten days - from July 23 to August 03 - to discuss and create artwork related to the impacts of climate change. The Caribbean was represented by Cuban artist Francisco Rivero, Haitian artist Patrick Cauvin both resident in France, and myself. We gave a presentation on the Caribbean, its people and its shared history. My gifts of Grenada nutmegs elegantly wrapped in swatches of batik donated by Chris and Lilo at Art Fabrik, were greatly appreciated, as was the authentic rum punch we served. I had many requests for the recipe.

I have a healthy respect for heights, yet I managed to hike up a narrow mountain trail in the Sorteny National Park to 1800m (5905.5 ft), to have a small picnic lunch with three companions, stopping to drink from the numbingly cold mountain springs along the way. (Andorra has public fresh water fonts everywhere, many of them works of art in their own right, and several reminded me of the Hughes fountain in Grenada.) The other artists along for the hike, disappeared further up the trail to descend and have their picnic in the river gorge below. My legs still have not recovered.

Apart from working on my canvases, I worked with Francisco to complete two works of public art sponsored by an Andorran businessman. On the walls of the underpass, we incorporated existing graffiti into folktale designs, and many adults and children stopped to admire the designs. Photographers from the local daily documented our progress. One of the murals was clearly Grenadian - an abstraction of a Shortkee with a nutmeg. Francisco spoke Castilian, Catalan and French but very little English. My rudimentary Spanish was taxed to the limited, but given that we both spoke the language of art, we understood each other perfectly. We also had the opportunity to each create a tree from waste scrap metal, assisted by two staff from a local welding company. I watched my sculpture evolve in front of me, all the time my mind was working up a proposal to get a similar initiative done in Grenada with the youth and the scrap metal available.

My climate change inspired artwork suggested the effects of sea level rise on Grenada. I had brought with me maps that I purchased from the Ministry of Agriculture. These I glued to the canvases, then applied paper mache and paint to create a tetraptych. The four part painting included Amerindian petroglyphs, and a Shortknee looking on. The low lying areas were depicted in intense red, swallowed by the rising levels of the warm and cold blue greens of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. At the final exhibition my work was too large to hang, so it laid on the floor which was quite effective. I understand this piece forms part of an exhibition for UNESCO headquarters in France. The deputy mayor of Andorra received us at the City Hall. She paid tribute to the work we were doing at the camp and to the manifesto we had prepared, which we all signed, emphasising the urgent need to preserve our planet, and accepting our responsibility to spread this message to our communities.

Most of the time in Andorra I thought of Grenada, not that I missed my home, but because of my experiences there could easily translate into Grenada, in terms of public art and the opportunity to expand the cultural horizons of our youth and the general public. I look forward to a return visit.

dimecres, 13 d’agost de 2008


Llistat dels artistes que han participat a la primera edició del Art Camp 2008, que ha tingut lloc a Ordino (Principat d'Andorra):

Elsa Martini, Albània 

Faust Campamà, Andorra 

Laura Gomez, Andorra 

Herbert Christian Stoeger, Àustria 

Lionel Laussedat, Bézier, França 

Peter Mitchev, Bulgària 

Sama, Burkina Faso 

Chan Vitharin, Cambodja 

Scolasitque Kapinga, Congo 

Francisco Rivero, Cuba 

Lojze Kalinsek, Eslovènia 

Josep Cañada, Espanya 

Jorba, "Maïs", Espanya 

Joan Peris, Espanya 

Joan Panisello, Espanya 

Margarida Vul, Estònia 

Zaal Lobjanidze, Geòrgia 

Sarantis Gagas, Grècia 

Suelin Low Chew Tung, Granada 

Patrick Cauvin, Haití 

Edita Matulionytė, Lituània 

Àngel Micevski, Macedònia 

Ahmad Fuad Osman, Malàisia 

Domnita Maria Vieru, Moldàvia 

Endochia Zavtur, Moldàvia 

Erdenetsog Tserenchimed, Mongòlia 

Tsendsuren Narangerel, Mongòlia 

Raportoru Eugen, Romania 

Costica Onuta, Romania 

Ana Maria Gruia, Romania 

Ana Asavei, Romania 

Ljudmyla Meshkova, Ucraïna 

Petru Asimionesei, Ucraïna

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