WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!!!
FIBRA is a research-based artist residency intends to provide 10 international, London-based artists with the opportunity to spend one month between January and February 2017 in Colombia’s urban and rural locations, to observe and participate in the textile-centred practices of its communities.
FIBRA artists’ own practices are concerned with an experimental and fine art approach to fibres, understanding textiles as a metaphor for knitting ideas, concepts, interlacing traditions to our everyday lives. Textiles as fibre that absorbs spiritual beliefs, everyday practices and the future of a community.
FIBRA intends to create a bridge between international contemporary art practitioners and the world’s best textile workers living in Colombia.
We are looking for inspiration, we are looking to observe and research textiles practices in an environment where all is cohesive, away from London, back to basics. We want to shake the core of these 10 artists approach to their own art practices and provide inspiration for their future work.
January 22 to February 25 2017
Bogota : Visit to artists studios, museums. Exchange with contemporary Colombian artists and galleries working with textiles.Series of workshops and talks at the Universidad de Los Andes and Gallery Instituto de Vision. Talk, research, explore.
Cartagena : HAY FESTIVAL. Textile workshop in partnership with PLAN a charity working with children in the city.
Sierra Nevada : Stay with the Kogi tribe, researching textiles methods.
Guajira : Stay with the Wayuu tribe, researching textiles methods.
Most of Colombia’s rural communities and tribes consider natural fibres to be the core, indispensable element of their social structure. The spectrum of everyday uses includes wearable fabrics, as carrier bags for personal items or agricultural produce, hunting traps, and in the domestic space, amongst other uses. These objects are carriers of the communities’ myths and beliefs. The very structure and process of textiles has an intrinsic relationship to cultural customs and the social fabric of these communities.
The preservation of ancient skills in the working of fibres has been passed from generation to generation, making Colombia’s indigenous tribes, such as the Kogis and Wayuu, world-class textile makers.
FIBRA intends to collaborate with these very tribes in an exchange of learning, reflection and production. INSPIRATION!
Our Participating Artists Are:
Jonathan Trayte - Adeline de Monseignat - Jonathan Baldock - Rachel Pimm - Nika Neelova - Christian Newby - Alix Janta-Polczynski - Lily Betrand-Webb - Juan Soto - Jane Hayes-Greenwood
These 10 London-based artists have been carefully selected in order to create a varied group of fine artists working across disciplines, whose practices have an affinity with or an experimental approach to textiles.
Our Itinerary :
Focusing on the fauna and flora of the location, and the myths and stories of its people, this week will involve a series of walks in the land, reunions with the Kogi and Wayuu community, and workshops led by both members of the community and FIBRA artists, so that the exchange of skills, artistic approaches, cultural beliefs and everyday rituals can take place.
The thousand-year-old traditions of rural Colombian tribes have had a decisive influence on the Colombian art scene, which saw in the second half of the 20th C. the insertion of textile-based artworks. The leading artists of this textile movement absorbed and re-proposed ancestral textile methods and aesthetics, and have become some of the most interesting artists working today. The first week will be spent meeting the leading figures of this movement, as well as archeologists, and visits to relevant Museums. FIBRA will also visit the leading institution in textiles, Universidad de los Andes.
To continue the understanding of the contemporary cultural setting in Colombia, FIBRA will attend and actively participate in the yearly literary, arts and music Hay Festival.
Why is this residency important for FIBRA artists' artistic development?
London-based artists will have the opportunity to research unique traditional textile methods. The thousand-year-old traditions of rural Colombian tribes have had a decisive influence on the Colombian art scene, which saw in the second half of the 20th C. the insertion of textile-based artworks. The leading artists of this textile movement absorbed and re-proposed ancestral textile methods and aesthetics, and have become some of the most interesting artists working today. Through our residency we will reinvigorate the importance of technique and craftsmanship and we will be inspired by an exchange of ideas and international collaboration.
Why Are We Raising Money?
FIBRA residency is a new, not-for-profit residency, produced by artists and for artists. It aims to be completely cost-free for all its participating artists, offering them precious time to research, develop new projects and learn. By supporting this residency you are supporting the careers of 10 outstanding artists.
When artist undergo field research, most of the time, we do not get paid. Leaving London for a month, implies a series of expenses that we are not able to cover. With your help, we will be able to finance our travel expenses.
And After The Residency? THE FUTURE ?
The residency will culminate in the publication of a new book and the screening of a new film by participating film maker Juan Soto, which together will act as the face of the residency to share the artists' findings and experience with wider audiences.
FIBRA has selected artists whose practices would benefit immensely from spending one month experiencing and observing first-hand the world-reknown textile traditions that can be found in Colombia.
This opportunity will affect each FIBRA artists' future work, exhibitions and career, which in turn will inspire audiences back in the UK.
Artesanías de Colombia - Colombian organisation whose mission is to support and protect the cultural and commercial welfare of indigenous communities in Colombia.
Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá - Leading University and textiles department in Bogotá with an important Textiles department.
Instituto de Visión - Contemporary Art Gallery in Bogotá
Block336 - Block 336 is an artist-run project space, studio provider and UK registered charity.
Hay Festival Cartagena - Yearly music, literary and arts festival, Colombia.
180 Degrees Consulting - London-based and SOAS-affiliated consulting group
edition of 25 per artist, signed and numbered
Size: A3 Paper: 300gsm. Silk. Printing: Front - colour, matt laminated
Poster image by Lily Bertrand-Webb
Poster image by Nika Neelova
Poster image by Christian Newby
Poster image by Adeline De Monseignat
Poster image by Rachel Pimm
Poster image by Jonathan Baldock
Poster by Alix Janta
Poster by Bea Bonafini
Poster by Jonathan Trayte
Poster by Juan Soto Taborda
THE BIGGEST PRIZE
ON OUR RETURN, WE WILL PRODUCE AN EXCLUSIVE EDITION OF 10 BOXES CONTAINING 9 ETCHINGS AND 3 PHOTOGRAPHS, CREATED BY EACH ONE OF OUR PARTICIPATING ARTISTS.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!