Raguel Sakristan and Rafael Agudo (ESP), 12/2017 & 5-6/2018

KulttuuriKauppila and Lähde! –project welcomed artist Raquel Sacristan Fernàndez and producer Rafael Agudo Illán to Ii in the beginning of December 2017!

Raquel Sakristán is a multidisciplinary artist whose projects erase the limits between aesthetic codes, techniques and artistic languages. She works in public spaces, exploring collective creative processes and the possibilities of connecting radically different social contexts and realities through art. She has developed projects with adolescents, worked with elderly populations in rural areas, and also collaborated with people with intellectual disabilities to create spaces for sharing ideas and knowledge through means of artistic expression.

Producer Rafael Agudo has collaborated for three years with The HUG Platform for Cultural Cooperation, an organisation that brings Finnish artists to work on social projects in Hortaleza area in Madrid. He is a cultural manager working in the department of public activities of the Casa del Lector centre in Matadero Madrid.

Floating Structure is a collaborative art project, which was developed together with inhabitants from the Myötätuuli and Startti residential homes. The project deals with the materiality of water, utilising a communal and socially engaged participatory process. In the form of a workshop, the artwork gives a voice to “the other”. It draws our attention to the symbolic nature of water: the river and the flowing stream as notions of the inner world. Floating Structure places special relevance on sharing and exhibiting the participants’ creative skills and concerns. The project waters dormant seeds of creativity by stimulating the residents to express and visualise aspects of their inner world. The Floating Structure created for Art Ii Biennial will reveal and shape the results of these processes.

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