The residence, curated by Olga Bachschmidt was held from May 16 to 23 2016, and it hosted 8 young artists selected among the participants to Mediterranea 17, the last edition of the Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean. The aim of SulcisHub was to develop a network of creativity through the knowledge of a territory surprisingly rich of cultural heritage and landscape, among the oldest in the Mediterranean. A landscape that also bears the heavy signs of abandoned industrial activities, an open wound that many of the artists have caught and told in their installations.
We have interviewed one of the participating artist, Anthony J. Meadows.
Being a part of the inaugural SulcisHub residency was an exceptional experience. I arrived in Sardinia without conjecture and allowed my time spent on the island with the wonderful people of Tratalias to shape and inform a now expanded and fond perspective of the area.
My work, La Saliera, drew inspiration from many different aspects of Sardinia, in particular Carbonia. The idea to use the projection was a direct result of our visit to the cinema and the expansive library they have open to the public. I would like to highlight the visit to the coal mine as the major contributor to the work. The stories shared by our tour guide helped to shape the concept and strengthen the works suggestion.
I absolutely would recommend this residency to an international artist. It is an opportunity to explore an area of the world, and in greater detail, that perhaps would not be possible otherwise.
The concept of a travelling residency is an interesting one. Expanding the reach of the residency outwith Sardinia would perhaps appeal to many different artists whose interests may expand beyond the scope of the rich and compelling history of the island. This could also help establish a strong international network of artists, which i believe is a main intent of SulcisHub.