Together Apart: #Shelter
Anna Rose is an American artist who has lived and worked in Florence, Italy since 2004. Her work spans video, installation, photography and sculpture with a sensibility towards the relationship between body, space and ritual, entering into conversation with cultural mythologies of place.
Through the familiar materials of our daily actions related to play, to nourishment and consumption, or to the conventions of beauty, for example, her work often addresses the concept of the vanitas and the passage of time. Employing the repetition of a gesture, the tropes of consumer culture, or the heightened tactile or sensorial quality of a material, her work destabilizes the familiar, directing our attention to the embedded and often problematic cultural weight it carries.
ANNA ABOUT TOGETHER APART: #SHELTER
During this program at ´ace, I expanded my practice to reflect on the ways in which I had created shelters for myself over the previous months. In my work, which often starts from a single familiar object, such as an egg, a braid, a piece of fruit or a ball, for example, I reassign or reframe its common use to call into question the cultural significance embedded within it.
In the series Organizing my eggs, I shuffled the natural roles of shells and skins, imposing a new sense of order to them. Likewise, in the video Skinny Bread, I seal a slice of bread in plastic, protecting it while negating its role as a source of nourishment. The piece Fil Rouge reflects on the role of video as a necessary container for the production and viewing of performative works in recent months.
Currently lives and works in Florence, Italy
2014 | Master of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA
2020 | So close, so good. Numeroventi. Florence, Italy
2019 | Homo Bulla. Fondazione Sensus, Florence, Italy. Solo exhibition
2019 | Homo Bulla. Casa Atelier-Museion, Bolzano, Italy. Solo exhibition
2018 | Primavera in Sospeso, Robert McLaughlin Gallery Art Lab, Oshawa, Canada (solo exhibition in collaboration with Jennie Suddick)
2017 | Party of One, Jules Maidoff Gallery, Florence, Italy. Solo exhibition
2018 | Spaziu Kreattiv, Gozo, Malta
2018 | Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa, Canada
2017 | Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, Canada
2015 | D’Clinic, Zalaegerszeg, Hungary
2014 | Gamlì Skoli, Hrìsey, Iceland
Shelter | Cohort # 1 | English
Artist in dialogue
This first residence-shelter for artistic practices has concluded. We are now opening the first in Spanish under the name NIDO. If you are interested, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With a strong group of participants, who come from the four cardinal points, we have given shape to a dream. A dream that began a couple of months ago with an international survey seeking to bring artistic communities together during the pandemic. While we were seeking how to continue doing residencies when the particularity of those, the place where the artist temporarily moved, is gone. Attempting to rethink the format of artistic residencies programs -in a world in which airports are closed and most of us are forced to lockdown ourselves at home- we realized that ´ace have had to concentrate in support artists more than develop traditional residencies format.
Today our vision has been shared by participants from different parts of the world including North and South America; Europe; Middle East and Australia. TOGETHER APART COHORT # 1 is outlined by the participation of 22 female campers whose expertise embrace a wide range of artistic practices and disciplines: fine arts (including drawing, printmaking, painting and sculpture); installations; photography; video and sound; fashion and textile design; graphic design; performance; dancing and choreography as well as philosophy of art, communication and writing. We cannot be more pleased with this amazing group of women-creators-campers and give all of you our warmest welcome!
A special mention, among all of them, to four´ace Alumni: Aneikit Bonnel, Gina Kukulski and Jill AnnieMargeret from the USA and Dolores (Loli) Delia who is Argentine but is now living in Australia. These four artist made on-site residencies in the past in 2014, 2017 and 2018 which confirm the bonds that ‘ ace develops with their residents and the construction of am international affectionally and professional links.
Among all the participants’ locations there are more than 6 time zones. Moreover, Dolores is literally in the future, since we are working on Wednesdays afternoon and it is Thursday in Australia.Definitely time will be one of our research themes related with shelter. Keep this in mind!
ABOUT THE ART-BOOTCAMP GENERAL THEME: SHELTER
- Shelter surrounds each and every individual on the planet. Along with the need to eat and drink, it is one of the only truly universal needs of every human being on the planet. Simply by recognizing this fact, the world becomes instantly more connected.
- The word SHELTER is a synonym for asylum, reception, protection, haven, help, relief… but it also means a suitable place to take cover, which provides physical protection from weather elements, natural disasters and/or other large-scale threats/dangers or simply a place to hide away and have privacy. Shelter is both, a feeling and a physical space.
- A shelter can also be a mental space; the arms of the mother, father or loved one; a corner of our house or workshop where we feel especially welcomed; the uterus that shelters and nourishes the baby; a moment of silence to meditate; a hobby that takes us out of our daily routine… A shelter can have as many meanings as each of us can perceive and create.
Bootcamps are short term, intense training sessions designed to prepare participants for a specific practice. We have defined this ART-bootcamp as a temporary shelter for artistic practices, thinking it as a space for intense learning and exchange. Since it is conformed by a diverse group of artists it is also a good opportunity to work on several artistic, conceptual and social skills through a playful and convivial environment.
We were inspired with the idea of a recreative (Re-Creative) camp, that activity in which individuals have a temporary and transportable on-site residence. The camp has some survival in conditions that are not those of the comfort of the house. Due to the lack of comfort that the camp usually represents, it is recommended exclusively for those people avid for adventure and who can resist the inclemency metaphorically speaking!
Sometimes life presents us with situations that exceed our capacities and COVID-19 i one of them. Today we, as artists, confront having difficulties that can push us to the limit and make us question whether we have the strength and will to keep going. At this point we have two options: let ourselves be defeated and feel like we have failed or overcome and come out stronger. There is a word for this: resilience, which is the human capacity to flexibly assume extreme situations and overcome them. Moreover, resilient people are not only capable of overcoming the adversities that they have experienced, but they go one step further and use those situations to grow and develop their potential to the full. This is our goal, to look for new ways to approach our practice and adapt to these new times.
Cohort #1 | Language: English
Alicia Candiani |Andres Knob | Adriana Moracci and Cecilia Candiani, connecting from Buenos Aires, Argentina
Daniela Ruiz Moreno, connecting from Colonia, Uruguay
Erika Diettes, connecting from Bogota, Colombia
Jill AnnieMargaret. Boise, Idaho, USA
Aneikit Bonnel. New York, USA living temporary in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Amber Bowie-Fiol. Seattle, WA, USA
Christine Bruce. Leiden, Netherlands connecting from France
Male Correa. Medellin, Colombia
Dolores Delia. Argentina living in and connecting from Australia
Judith Elisabeth de Haan. Dutch, living in and connecting from Norheimsund, Norway
Caia Diepenbrock. Los Angeles, USA
Carla Freschi. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Giuliana Grippo. Argentine, living among Argentina and Spain, connecting from Buenos Aires
Janette Hopper. Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
Gina Kukulski. Michigan, USA
Dawn Langley. Woking, UK
Roseanne Lynch. Irish connecting from Germany
Sara Minsky. New York, NY, USA
Maria Picone. Myrtle Beach, NC, USA
Ariana Pirela Sánchez. Venezuelan living in and connecting from Montreal, Canada
Jannelle Roberts. Hudson, NY, United States
Anna Rose. American living in and connecting from Florence, Italy
Shereen Shalhoub. Jordanian living in and connecting from Dubai, United Emirates
Alessandra Stradella. Italian living in and connecting from the USA
Ana Vivoda. Zagreb, Croatia
After the remote residence
Together Apart provided a much-needed jump start to my practice after a few difficult months.
The structure of weekly group meetings, which was enriched by artist talks and lectures by the guest curator, brought focus to my work by giving me a gentle push to regularly produce something around a given theme. After seeing many of my plans and projects put on hold in the past 6 months, it was a relief to be given something to do! The weekly exercises helped me to start rebuilding my art routine in this much-changed landscape.
I greatly appreciated the welcoming tone of the encounters and the emphasis on a multi-disciplinary approach that cut through the hierarchies of the art world.
A wonderful experience that I would gladly repeat! Thank you all!
Anna Rose self introduction to the cohort on the first Together Apart encounter:
“I am hoping to get from this residency some structure which echoes what many of you have been saying, because I find it quite challenging to be productive these past few months…I think it’s also really interesting to think about this as a platform for creating momentum within our practice. I’m curious how we can better use an online platform for making work and making connections. So I am happy to be here with all of you.”