Outside at midnight I suddenly notice, not far from the terracotta porch, a slender ladder.
Its silver quenched with days of harvest, it waits forgotten under the mandarin tree. Feet sunken, shallow anchors in a lake of dark grass. Its head bathing in moonlight.
Above it, Mandarin lampions dimmed by evening’s veil. Faded orange chronographs in a country indifferent to seasons. But gravity still pulls. Fructose hourglass. Oval clocks ripening to tell us how much time has passed.
Name: Edwin Fabian Herrera Place of residence: La Plata/ Argentina Occupation: Cinematographer Age: 31 Met in: Fondation ArteSumapaz, Colombia / October 2019 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org/ @laherramientadenarancuchi
As we enter our seventh month here at ArteSumapaz, we are so grateful for the many volunteers who have shared their time and energy with us. Volunteerism wasn’t really a part of our dream to begin with, but a chance meeting with someone who had participated with the volunteer platform Workaway turned us on to the possibilities; and since then, we’ve had over 30 volunteers from all around the world!
I had been traveling for 10 months when I arrived at ArteSumapaz, accompanied by Damián and carrying heavy backpacks. This house, lost among the mountains, has been one of the hundreds of places that I have inhabited since I started traveling. During this journey I have had very diverse homes, including mobile homes, beach houses, tents, hostels, apartments and pensions. Some I loved, and others not so much; It’s part of the “risk” of this adventure. ArteSumapaz is one of the homes that I loved.
Scottish artist, Kirsty Nicoll, has been our second international AIR. As she had been traveling through South America prior to her arrival, Kirsty had a limited supply of materials with her; she has used the opportunity for a very personal investigation of self-portrait. Many thanks to both Kirsty and Joseph Puglisi for the following interview.
Inerviewer: Joseph Puglisi
Joseph: What is your name and your cultural background?
In July 2019, we had our first official artist-in-residence, the Belgian painter, Nils Verkaeren. I had first seen Verkaeren’s work via a recent book, and was excited to have him working here; the actual experience was even better than I could have anticipated. Not only is Verkaeren a remarkable painter, but his energy for life and work is energizing.