New York artist Julia Mandle has been based in the Netherlands for several years. This autumn, she will be working with students at the University of Amsterdam on topics she has already explored during her last two residencies in Italy and France.
During her residency in Borgo di Gello in Tuscany, she became fascinated with rocks that had shaped landscapes and were later used to build the ancestral homes that today lie abandoned. Talking to locals, she met a seamstress who helped her assemble traditional fabrics to cover the rocks. Visitors were surprised to come across her works of art subtly placed in different parts of the village, as an ode to nature and to the town’s founders.
In Paris, she turned her attention to non-recyclable objects that pollute the environment, such as discarded umbrellas. This led her to discover the unique know-how of Pep’s Repair Shop, one of the few workshops in the world to specialise in repairing and recycling umbrellas and parasols. All of this fed into her own work and to the classes she teaches at the University of Amsterdam around recycling and the environment. She invites members of the public to send her photographs of [...]
N.A! Fund is excited to present “Bloom Again”, an artistic object created by Petros Chytiris and Ifigenia Vasiliou during the 5th N.A! Fund Academy that took place in Eleusis, Greece from May 22nd to 27th 2017.
Looking ahead to Eleusis 2021, a European Capital of Culture committed to art and sustainable development, a group of twenty artists, students and scientists from Greece, Bulgaria, Italy and Turkey held a dialogue with local inhabitants on how to build and develop sustainable projects in Eleusis.
Each group was invited to bring a tutor. Elena Mazzi came with her Italian partners, Nezaket Tekin joined the Turkish students, Sumuil Stoyanov was with the Bulgarians and Nikos Navridis with the Greeks. “Bloom Again” is a testament to this tripartite effort, which produced an art installation based on permaculture and other works.