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.