The Fogo Island Gallery presents On water, wind and faces of stone, a commission of new works by Riga-
International Archives 1st half of 2018
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Exhibition June 22 -
In Epnere’s multidisciplinary practice, encounters with people and places, stories, and ritual expression form the basis of a larger consideration of tradition and collective identity. During her time on Fogo Island, Epnere was struck by the rugged landscape, the immensity of the sea, and the unpredictable weather—ultimately, the sheer force of nature in shaping peoples’ lives. The texture, colour and shape of local stones became a source of material exploration in her work. Equally significant was the differentiation of certain stones by name as place markers and holders of knowledge. (The boundary-
Having documented the landscape through photography, Epnere had these images printed onto organza and silk. Swaths of fabric showing lichen-
In a final gesture towards community knowledge and creativity, Epnere invited five local artists to contribute a work of their own to the exhibition. Textiles, paintings, and wood and metal objects that draw inspiration from the context of Fogo Island are presented for a month each.
With contributions from local artists, musicians, and children, Epnere’s exhibition privileges participation and acknowledges the formation of community as a collaborative process. On water, wind and faces of stone draws from cross-
The exhibition is curated by Alexandra McIntosh (Director of Programs and Exhibitions, Fogo Island Arts) and Nicolaus Schafhausen (Director, Kunsthalle Wien and Strategic Director, Fogo Island Arts).
Ieva Epnere, from the series On water, wind and faces of stone, 2018. Colour photograph. Courtesy the artist.