CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP WITH ART THERAPIST HANNA LEIPOLD
SATURDAY 24 JULY FROM 10AM TO 12PM
SUNDAY 25 JULY FROM 10AM TO 12PM
Engaging with the arts and creativity generally has proven throughout history to aid communication, build relationships, form social connections and to help make sense of complex emotions and feelings.
In this 90-minute workshop, the participants will be guided through a creative experience facilitated by a qualified Art Therapist to explore and reflect together on the impact of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic on their emotional and psychological wellbeing.
We will use art materials and the exhibited photographs to reflect together in a supportive group environment on the challenges and pressures for young people to navigate the ‘new normal’.
KOREBAJU PROJECT BY CÉSAR CUSPOCA
INTERVIEW - SEPT 2020
Artist César Cuspoca talking about the Korebaju Project, a long term collaborative project with the Korebaju, an indigenous community of Colombia.
César Cuspoca is a Colombian artist (b.1987) based in Paris.
His work challenges human perceptions and beliefs established by convention or tradition within society. The idea of experience takes a central role in Cuspoca’s approach and allows him to structure his creative process. Through experiences, Cuspoca produces still images, videos, and sound recordings. He combines these gathered materials with elements of the local environment to build installations in situ.In 2018, accompanied by a production team and a phonetician, Jenifer Vega, Cuspoca spent a month among the Korebaju (Children of the Earth), an Indigenous community located in the Caqueta region of Colombia. The Korebaju population is estimated at two thousand individuals. Like other groups in the region, they were affected by the exploitation of rubber, minerals and wood which consequently lead to human-forced displacements and environmental damages. It’s a community in danger of disappearance according to UNESCO. While Cuspoca spent time with the Korebaju, he was struck by their capacity to adapt and survive despite the continuous violence around them. The Korebaju allowed the artist to record sound, video and photographic materials. Cuspoca used these materials subsequently and combined them with items of the local environment from the exhibition space.
The final installations provoke a sensitive reflection on the Korebaju reality and explore the interconnected stories between Indigenous people and Western civilisations.
AFTERGLOW INSTALLATION, SAINT-LOUP 2021 CÉSAR CUSPOCA
Afterglow is the glow that remains after the light is gone.
The starting point of the installation is a re-interpretation of 'Diorama', a device which was invented by Louis Daguerre in 1803, and uses light to create animated scenes.
Afterglow is based on a series of video portraits taken of members of the Korebaju community. Each participant remains silent and motionless in front of the camera for several minutes, while the forest environment carries on in the background. At times we can hear a dog barking, children's voices, birds or even sound of a boat drifting by.
In this immersive installation, Cuspoca creates a ritual space using elements of the local environment: the sand, stakes and ropes are arranged and balanced precariously to evoke life's simplicity in the Amazon Rainforest. Acrylic glass hangs from the roof in the centre of the space, appearing as a totem. The video portraits are projected through the glass and reflected onto the wall. Cuspoca then pours liquid latex onto the glass, thus activating the installation and the images of the Korebaju appear in the center of the space.
The use of latex makes reference to The Amazon Rubber Boom, a critical period in the exploitation of rubber in the Amazon Rainforest which forced mass human displacements, triggered massacres, and caused the deaths of thousands of people, including the Korebaju's ancestors.