PROJECT REVIEW: L’andart Andorra 2019

Project Review Landart Andorra 2019 | AiNIN

L’andart Andorra 2019
3rd International Biennial of Andorra
14 June -14 September 2019

This exhibition was staged up in the beautiful forested area surrounding the man-made Engolasters Lake located up in the snow caped mountains above Andorra La Vella. The land, owned by Forces Elèctriques d’Andorra, offered a variety of sites for both interior and exterior projects. There were a number of disused industrial stone buildings in varying conditions. My work occupied the Foundry Kitchen, a dimly lit room with a burnt crusted lining to the walls from years of wood fires burning in the large open fireplace and a rough cracked mud floor, it was perfect for my project. Many works were located within or suspended from the surrounding trees and we had 2 weeks to set up our projects with great support from the organisers. They sourced some materials/furniture for me and there was a crane/cherry picker available for installs. Accommodation was offered at a reduced rate at a local hotel and various fees for each artist depending on the scale of each project & distance travelled. Funding came from the government and local sponsors.

The theme to the exhibition was the Japanese practice of ‘shinrin-yoku’ or ‘forest bathing’, some of us had interpreted and explored this theme through our installations, but many works seemed unrelated to their site or theme and added a sense of confusion and over crowding to some areas of the exhibition. There were some outstanding works within the exhibition that held the show together.

I really enjoyed my time up in the mountains each day making my work, travelling up on the morning bus, but this project was not a residency so the evenings were ones own time.

There are a couple of images of the site below.

Travel & Environmental Art

Travel & Environmental art | Bob Bud | ainin | photo by kidall

Another topic which is really interesting, perhaps contentious (particularly in the light of climate change)is the whole ethos of artists going off to faraway climes (out of their regions to cross the world) in order to produce `environmental art’ or `art in nature’ (art that should respect the natural environment).

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