From 18 July – 29 July 2010, forty artists from all over the world gathered in the small town of Ordino, Andorra to participate in the 2nd International Art Camp. I was fortunate to be selected as the Australian representative.
Some of the other countries represented were, Andorra, Austria, Burkina Faso, Spain, Portugal, Mozambique, Indonesia, The Philippines, Romania, Serbia, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Kuwait, Germany, France, Mauritania, Cape Verde, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Haiti, Cambodia, Seychelles and Jamaica (sorry if i’ve forgotten any).
The Art Camp was an amazing experience, not everyone spoke the same languages but we all seemed to be able to understand each other through the common language of our art. I found myself having conversations using only my eyes and facial expressions, these conversations may have taken a bit longer than usual but I was determined to understand the other artists.
The program for the art camp involved time creating artworks for the final exhibition and 3 works we could donate to UNESCO Andorra. I originally wanted to create work depicting a contrast between the landscape I am familiar with now (Yaegl landscape) and the new foreign landscape I was experiencing in Andorra. Although I managed to portray both landscapes in one of my earlier paintings, I found myself being lead by my own style of art and ended up portraying works and imagery that distinctly represent who I am.
I know that the experience I had in Andorra will somehow help shape and form a selection of the works I will create in the future, I’m not sure how just yet, but I have a feeling it will.
I must thank Aris for putting my name forward to participate in this project, Sumra for doing all the leg work in helping us get to Andorra, Jean-Michel for all your hard work and the passion you had of making this a reality, Faust for your amazing curatorial skills, all the sponsors involved in the 2010 Art Camp, UNESCO Australia for assistance with my travel, and a massive big thank you to all the artists involved, you have each enriched my experience in Andorra- i’m sure we’ll be in touch.
MANIFEST ART CAMP, « Colors for the Planet », Ordino 2010
We the artists of the World, state the following:
We join with the General Assembly of the United Nations, author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in proclaiming 2010 the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures.
We adhere to the objectives of making the characteristic features of our etnographic reality known to the world, with respect to the other peoples of the planet and desire to learn from them.
We will use our imagination to find the right ways of rapprochement between different cultures, preserving all the diversity that enriches our human condition.
We will play a key role in building a world where the cultural differences will not be an obstacle for understanding and solidarity between the peoples that populate the Earth.
For these reasons,We the undersigned, undertake by means of artistic expression, to promote the cultural diversity that constitutes our common heritage that we must value, to preserve the Earth for the benefit of all, and to stimulate the imagination of the people to make Earth a more peaceful, healthier and fairer place for future generations.