Collaborating Artist selected for Cambridge Sustainability Residence 2014. For 2 weeks artists from as far away as Brazil will be converging on Cambridge to debate, discuss and imagine ways of responding to the environmental challenges facing our planet. This is the 2nd Cambridge Sustainability Residency run by artists with support from Cambridge School of Art and the Global Sustainability Institute. The 14 selected artists encompass sculpture, moving image, photography and installation. The 2 weeks will culminate in an exhibition at the Changing Spaces Gallery on Norfolk Street from
The project’s tenth step, will take place – after Ghana, Switzerland, Madagascar, Abu Dhabi, China, Singapore, Costa Rica, Wales, Iceland, France – in Rio De Janeiro (Brasil) from 14th to 24th February, and it will be inspired by the Manifesto’s seventh thesis: Anthropocentrism, as the defining character of Western culture throughout the last centuries, is responsible for the environmental emergency.The step in Brasil has as topic Anthropocentrism and together with the visual artist Rachela Abbate was elaborated a project of visualizing in multimedia map format spaces of society as a mirror of collective consciousness.
In 2008 Rebecca Ballestra took part in the artist residency programme at CEAC (Chinese European Art Center) in Xiamen. The comparison with this country, one whose history and culture goes back thousands of years while characterised by inexorable economic growth making it, in just a few decades, one of the world colusses, is expressed in the photographic series Kisses from China!, which Paola Valenti presented with a bright critical text: “[…] Maria Rebecca Ballestra makes use of the vivid power of the fragments of reality that she has skilfully captured with her camera lens, and of the metaphoric valence of the images that she creates
The universal relationship of cause/effect emerges with great clarity in the photographic series Outsider, completed in 2006 on Malta when. The work is influenced considerably by the unique characteristics of the site that, although a renowned destination of young people, has managed to preserve untouched places and an uncommon peace; just a stone’s throw from the more crowded tourist centres, one can see the true face of the island: its ancient culture, deep religious beliefs and the widespread presence of the natural element. However, although this site appears remote it is actually part of a single system, and as such it cannot remain
Contemplation, installation displayed for the first time in 2010 in Paris at the Chic fair; it was then exhibited in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates in the group exhibition Al-ghaib. Aesthetics of Disappearance. Forty red mannequin feet arranged on the floor in pairs, marking the path the visitor has to follow but with two variations: in the first installation the artist included several plants coming out of the feet, thus highlighting the metaphor of nature as the roots of man; in the second, the plants were replaced by mirrors, revealing an interconnection between above and below, the earth and sky. In both cases
The Industrial Revolution exploded upon us in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Yet the 20th and 21st centuries have seen and are still witnessing a new phenomenon…one which I like to call a Technological Revolution. This phenomenon has changed our lives drastically in the space of a few years, and to such an extent that our modern needs and necessities are being fulfilled by an entirely new spectrum of commodities. Through this series of photographs, Norbert Attard and Rebecca Ballestra present their artistic concept by means of a sequence of ‘performances’. The involvement of
The project’s ninth step, curated by Leo Lecci, will take place in Iceland from 8th to 23rd August. This step is inspired by the second thesis of the Manifesto: The Earth is a necessary for man as are all the other things that he appreciates for their intrinsic value: art, philosophy, music, poetry, religion, science, theatre.
The theme for this step is the melting of the glaciers. In fact, the Artic is an area of future opportunity and challenge regarding environmental protection, the safeguarding and sustainable development of local population, the exploitation of enormous fishing and