As farmland is being reduced around the globe, “I Have A Dream” Global Community Project hopes to draw attention to farming practices and communities by inviting artists to collaborate with farmers to sow fields or grow gardens in the shape of “I Have a Dream” in their own language. This community-based project takes art out of the studio and into the community and use art to empower communities through farming and gardening.
TENGO UN SUEÑO Trubia, Asturias/ Spain Project: Artist Virginia Lopez has developed this project in collaboration with the local community, other local artist and regional groups to exchange knowledge, memories and create internal links to the local community. Through the final video, they shared the various project phases through their participating in the Vancouver Biennale “I Have a Dream” Global Community Art Project, facilitated by the Biennale International Artist Residency artist, Shweta Bhattad.
The project calls for moments of collective sowing, documentation and several meetings with the local community , other local artists and local regional groups. These meetings serve to exchange knowledge, memories and create internal links to the local community. They serve to reflect on the situation in the countryside and contemporary agriculture and its relationship with the city and increasing urbanization of the territory, we will discuss about landscape, understood as a cultural construction in constant transformation that we are all artifices and therefore responsible. Each of the phases of the project is published through PACA’s and Vancouver Biennale website, the facebook page and other digital media.
Some of the meetings will be held within the framework of the El Paisaje Agrario de Veranes, (spring 2015) project designed by Virginia Lopez in collaboration with Lorena Lozano (econodos) and Giovanni Lanterna which is subsidized by the Municipal Foundation of Culture and Popular University of Gijón.
#COLLECTIVE SOWING DAY: 21.09.2014
The project began with a Day of Collective Sowing in PACA’s “Pumarada”.We prepared the land, friends and neighbours helped with the crops and gave to us different kind of seeds from their orchards: Laila, Lorena, Mario, Tino, Javi, …and many others. It was a sunny day and a lot of people came to share their dreams and seeds with us. Tino el Turrexón, together with other neighbours and farmers from Trubia, such as Mario, Juan… helped our guests to sow. Also, a small market was set up in order to show and sell some local products of: Tino el Turrexón, Maribel and Manolo, Natalia and Eduardo vegetables, and Nel Cañedo special Gamonéu cheese from the Picos de Europa Mountains (Asturias) where he is working. as assistant pastor and cheesmaker.
There was time to talk, to eat together and relax,
Casa Antonino, after many years of silence, was again alive!
The schedule of the day was:
h.11.00_ arrival and informal presentation of the project
h.11.30_ planting – seeds were already in PACA, but a lot of people brought their own seeds or do exchange in our small seed bank
h.13.00_lunch with home made and local products (potato omelettes, vegetable soaps like porrusalda, tomato sauces and Salad) and homemade cider.
#FROM SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER we were taking care of the sowing, AND RECORDING THE GROWING PROCESS for he final video. During the spring 2015 within the project “Agricultural landscape in Veranes” we had other mettings related to the project.
final day at Vitrina : acción Quien siembra recoge!
#FINAL VIDEO ON VANCOUVER BIENALE 2015
*Han colaborado en el proyecto :
La plataforma ecoNodos (en la organización del evento). Vecinos de Trubia y parroquia de Cenero (compartiendo semillas, productos, experiencias y saberes); El Tenderete de Cabranes (cediendo espacio en el mercado mensual de Santa Eulalia de Cabranes para la difusión del proyecto), Juanjo Palacios (realización del audio para el video final), bajaltura (realización de fotografías aéreas).Vitrina, escaparate dedicado al arte contemporáneo en Gijón ( exposición pública y retorno de la recolección).
El proyecto cuenta con la subvención de la Fundación Municipal de Cultura, Educación y Universidad Popular del Ayuntamiento de Gijón.
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