IDENTITY AND BELONGING
Through this residency we are looking to promote ideas such as equity, equality and belonging since those are essential tools that allow us as humans to express and develop with in local and personal context, thus stringing values our spiritual heritage and building relationships with similar people. The sense of belonging that every individual has, defines an specific social group.
The curatorial program of this residency aims to provide artists with tools to contribute in a living process towards detox from urban settings in the natural environment. This open call is to artists who are looking to apply an natural sense into their practice deepening into creation, training and debate.
The proposed curatorial design is based on a platform of reflection and exchange where artists can learn and exchange the basic fundaments and practices of permacultural design and ecological agriculture, which can be replicated in urban settings, bio -construction techniques, as well as biological, social and political ideas around local and global food and nutrition.
During the residency participants will have the opportunity to embrace knowledge by sharing their point of view on sustainability, which is the support material for their artistic creations. Documentaries and discussion on sustainability will be take place; Anima’s partner communities will be invited to. The residency will end with participants show and tell of their work as well as a discussion around the created work and process of the residency.
For is first residency of 2017 ANIMA teams up with KAPSULA (a digital monthly magazine dedicated to engaged, evaluative art writing) and brings to Mexico a writer-in-residence. The writer will be witness to the artistic process of the artists in the residency and will publish his observations in KAPSULA. The KAPSULA Writer-in-Residence residency is open to all artists wishing to pursue their own practice in the peaceful setting of rural Mexico and who are open to being part of the process and featured in the article.
A Guadalajara City’s news paper write up
OPEN DOORS / PUERTAS ABIERTAS
ANIMA CASA RURAL MEDIA PRESENTATION.
JANUARY 14TH 2017
During the residency artists hiked through the country-side guided by local experts who shared their knowledge of local flora and fauna. Guided tours were supplemented by a screenings of a film dealing with environmental practices and how we related to them at Anima.
VideoFag #2 We Did it again!
During Videofag residency from March 23rd – April 6th, 2016. The residency aimed to supporting artistic and professional rejuvenation for artists, curators, cultural facilitators and artistic administrators in any field of practice. In rustic and rural environs, the residency offered a range of discursive activities and ample self-guided time for research and reflection. Dinners, hikes, curated talks, screenings, and field-trips to nearby cultural sites of interest happened during the two weeks of tranquil isolation offered by Casa Anima Rural.
TRACING FOOD During this residency we had the presence of Sarah Griebel, our facilitator and chef in residency delighted us with her creations of food. She shared with us her process in food making, her experience in producing food and food foraging.
With the products of our farm we elaborated a medium size still-life composition, we worked on sketching, photographing and drawing within a time frame this specific activity, which was our sourcing material for final productions. Those same farm products were cooked by our invited chef in residence, thus not only having the opportunity of tasting her food, but the chance to talk about the importance of food production, consumption and distribution.
We supported those conversations based on books, films and documentaries, as well as our personal experiences.
During the weekend of January 30th & 31st we made our wood kiln, which is build in the tradition of Tonalteca craft style. Our master was Fernando Jimon Melchor who is a great artist and artesian.
This project was posible thanks to the funding of “The Pollination Project” which we are very thank full of the opportunity and trust for grow with arts.
Cave paintings, sculptures and architectural works transmit the culture of civilizations that have created them and have possibly vanished. They are clear and public representations of particular ideology, class and politics. In contrast to such grand statements body modification practices such as tattoos and scarification are also representation of civilization, however on a much smaller scale; and unlike public artefacts they disappear with the passing of their bearer.
The purpose of this residency is to look into these intimate traces of civilization as they appear amongst native groups and social sub-cultures (aka Soviet criminals, Chicanos, gay males and hipsters) and how their bodies become bearers of politics, class and cultural values. Through formal and informal discussions we will look at modern tattoo practices around the world, including the popularity of certain symbols. The residency will also include a workshop.
Diaspora refers to a scattered population that has moved form its original country. The turbulent history of Latin America has maintained a steady growth of the Canadian-Latin diaspora since the middle of the 20th century.
“Latin-American Diaspora & Perceptions of Home”, is a project that aims to provide artists with the opportunity to reflect on their homeland, their relationship with it and fostering the creation of art that reflects their point of view as outsiders and citizenship.
The residency encourages the artists to think reflect on the ideas through a variety of frameworks: historical, culinary, cultural, political and/or personal taking into account affect.
Through the process of sharing their stories the residency aims to foster discussion and establishment of international networks of exchange.
A write up we got on Xtra! Magazine in Toronto.
During Videofag residency from March 16 – March 30, 2015. The residency aimed to supporting artistic and professional rejuvenation for artists, curators, cultural facilitators and artistic administrators in any field of practice. In rustic and rural environs, the residency offered a range of discursive activities and ample self-guided time for research and reflection. Dinners, hikes, curated talks, screenings, and field-trips to nearby cultural sites of interest happened during the two weeks of tranquil isolation offered by Casa Anima Rural.
BODY BECOMING :The body figures as the most important place upon which many of our stories play out. From the Greeks who admired and celebrated the nude, to the Confucian Koreans who covered it eroticizing only small amounts of visible skin, the body is where ancient myths take place.
The body continues to be a place of ideological battles; women are inscribed with ideas of nation and power, and the continual debate over the woman’s right to choose turns the physical body into a concept.
The chemical physiology of the body has helped us achieve states of transcendence – spiritual mystics have forced their bodies into particular states through drug ingestion.
Technological advances have allowed us to see our bodies in different ways. In his seminal “Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man” Marshall McLuhan suggests technology is an extension of the human body, extending or amputating our senses and bodies. We have begun to physically absorb technology through GMO foods, pharmaceuticals, pacemakers, hearing aids, implants and instruments which help to fix and augment the body, blurring the line between human and cyborg.
ANIMA Casa Rural Thematic Residency BODY BECOMING, invites artists to ponder the body and all that concerns it through various mediums in this themed residency. During the residency we will look at the different ways the body has been present in art and culture. We will screen Peter Greenaway’s “Pillow Book”, and Roland Emmerich’s “Universal Soldier”. We will also visit Hospicio Cabanas which house the murals of Jose Orozco. There will be a presentation addressing the body and its cultural significance inviting a series of discussions about the artists’ work and the body.
ENTERPRISE: People Land Culture
Defined as a unit of organization or purposeful activity “enterprise” is a consciously constructed, cultural and economic organization that ultimately deeply affects lives of people directly and in-directly associated with it. The cities we live in, the farms from which we get our food, the banks we use, the artistic/cultural/ educational institutions we support are all forms of enterprise.
“Enterprise: People Land Culture” is an artistic enterprise that brings together Canadian artists with Mexican artists and artistic institutions to create networks and connections and avenues for exchange.
Presenting artists working in a variety of mediums – performance, installation, painting, photography, and video – the exhibition features the work of Canadian and Mexican artists. Showcasing the work of Alana Bartol, Ken Moffat & Sandy McLeod, Julian Calleros, Ronley Teper, Ben Hermann, Liana Bresler, Kathleen Troy, Phil Villeneuve and Johnny Relph, and the Canadian duo Bambitchell the exhibition aims to explore enterprise as a form of human, socio-cultural, economic and educational organization.
The work of Ronley Teper, Kathleen Troy, and Ben Hermann was created at Anima Casa Rural Artist in Residency Program. Immersed in the landscape of rural Mexico, inspired by the ideology of Anima Casa Rural their work is a direct response to nature, the land, its animals and people.
“Enterprise: People Land Culture” is the first collaboration between the Pinata Collective and Anima Casa Rural Artist Residency.