THE ENCLOSED GARDEN
During the residency, artists carefully work their way toward creating a show of unprecedented form: an exhibition, a performative show, a happening.They create a metaphoric & surrealistic enclosed garden*. This event is built for massive transformation and aims to shift eyes of traditional societies.
*The concept of Hortus Conclusus (Enclosed garden) appeared in many countries from East to West around 1100 in literature, philosophy, theology, crafts and architecture. It explores the female psyche.
The residency takes place isolated in nature.
Everyday, the team follows an intense program, studying together and alone botanics & local ecosystem. This material constitutes the core of the series of spontaneous performative & visual artworks.
Throughout this intense workshop, the artists operate as a circle that breaks down discipline boundaries and focuses on sharing. They draw, write, sing, dance, walk, study botanic, the local ecosystem, and create bridges with the women we meet in the villages nearby the residency house. Through mutual exchange, we let go of our preconceived notions about what we do when we “work” or when we “create”. All hierarchies must be abolished and all standards challenged. We accept that we will learn by doing and “do it together” (DIT).
If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together.
Our methodology is inspired from the Bauhaus school's concept of interdisciplinary creation, and aims to empower intuitive cognition and emotional connection.
Through listening, artists coming from different cultures initiate a powerful new artistic movement with common values to defend.
The expology* of THE ENCLOSED GARDEN questions the “white cube” concept, the unique scenography in every gallery where the contemporary art is exhibited. The curator rather proposes a “multi-folded labyrinth” without blank walls and empty corners, where artworks can be touched, smelled, and listened. It includes ————————————————>
The exhibition is shaped as a ritualistic show where everyone, audience and artists can feel safe to express themselves, from tears, to silence or scream.
*Expology: concept of exhibition
of the curator 2019
In small intimate groups, visitors are given access to the Enclosed garden.It opens only at night when focus is at its peak, and mental barriers break down and do not take place in an official institution dedicated to contemporary arts.
Passing from one room to the next, visitors will find themselves in the midst of true cabinets of curiosities, playing on accumulation and on surprises of every shape and kind, whether visual, sonorous, or olfactory. This live enclosed garden comes out from our boundless imaginations; it calls forth surprise, wonder, awe and sometimes even dwelling upon the phantasmagorical.