Text and images by Nana Maiolini, MRes Moving Image, Central Saint Martins
Nana Maiolini, MRes Moving Image student at Central Saint Martins was selected for the 2016 UAL Art for the Environment International Residency (AER) at Joya arte: + ecología in Almeria, Spain. Here is Nana’s report:
Less is More: 12 Days In Joya
It feels difficult to report the experience I had in the residency at Joya arte: + ecología. Although it was an insightful one, which nurtured me a lot, it seems I am still digesting it now that I am back in London. Perhaps this is because somehow the experience has not finished yet, its outputs are still in progress.
Before arriving at Cortijada Los Gázquez (Joya’s house) at Parque Natural Sierra María-Los Vélez I only had a vague idea of the dynamic of the place and of how my project would be developed while living there. Aware that I would only find it out in situ, I tried to prepare myself as much as I could. In my suitcase I was bringing a couple of books, my equipment and some objects that I imagined that I could make work with. Arriving in Granada, though, I was told that my luggage was lost and that the airline company could not guarantee the exact delivery date.
Spending the first week with very few clothes and only part of the equipment would have been an unfortunate beginning, if it had not allowed me a deeper exchange with the place I was inserted into. As Rauschenberg said, “when you are lost you look so much harder”.