Raquel Sakristan is a multidisciplinary artist, whose projects erase limits between aesthetic codes, techniques and artistic languages. After finishing a Masters Degree in Visual Arts (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain), she began to research collective creative processes. In New York she worked in public spaces, exploring the possibilities of Art to connect radically different social contexts and realities. Subsequently she developed projects with adolescents in Ghana and Beijing, and worked with elderly populations in rural areas. Recently she has collaborated with people with intellectual diversity and psychiatric problems to share ideas and knowledge through their artistic expression.
In Ii Raquel worked at Lähde! Empowering daily life with art project, as an AIC – Artist in Community -recidency artist. The Floating Structure was a participatory collaborative art project, that was developed with Startti- residential home inhabitans and continues with the residents of the rehabilitation center Myötätuuli. It gives special relevance to the sharing and exhibition of the participants’ creative skills and concerns. The project waters dormant seeds of creativity, as it creates conditions that stimulate the residents to express and visualize aspects of their inner world. Floating structure created for AIB, revealed and shaped the results of these processes. The piece sailing over the river was a metaphor of this artistic enterprise, serving as a base from which to embark upon a personal inner journey that allows the participants to explore their talents.