P1: CARLOS CORREIA
Carlos Correia was Tenthaus P1 residency artist at Saupstad, Trondheim from mid November 2020 until end of February 2021. He has collaborated with teachers and students from Huseby ungdomsskole.
The Garden is a participatory project aiming, together with the students, to revive the nature that once was in the interior atrium where plant lives could be observed.
This exercise is done with the help of students looking at the historic archives of the school. Hereafter, creating visual representations of different elements of flora using en:rely Hama Beads (a widely known toy in Scandinavian childhood) as the technique. The chosen material as to do with the concept of garden and the desire of human in framing nature for his/her own pleasure. Nowadays, is common the use of artificial plants and, The Garden is a reinforcement of these two aspects: a plastic representation of a desire.
An installation composed by different pieces that separately are individual fragments of natures, but when putted together they form a collective which, in this context and arrangement, we can call it as a garden. The chosen images, now pixelated, are placed around the atrium, spreading with no rules, organically and with attractive shapes and colours, seducing us to engage in its amusement of what a garden intends to be: a shaped piece of nature.
The Garden is a participatory project that asks the student’s help for the actual making of the works, because the technique requires time. Once the student chooses to help in the making, a relationship is built between the artist and the student and an ownership between the student towards the artwork. As this method of creating an image demands time, there is the possibility of engagement in a discourse on art but also other more mundane topics.
CARLOS ALBERTO CORREIA (b. 1989) is a Portuguese visual artist based in Trondheim, where he graduated with a Master in Fine Art from KiT-NTNU 2015. He has been exhibiting regularly in Norway and Portugal. Besides his artistic practice, he runs a small publishing house specialized in Risograph printing, SMØR Press, together with Joana Bruno. He is also the co-founder and project leader of Slå På Kunst along with Inga Skålnes, an arts organisation with focus on commercial art exhibitions in non-conventional spaces.
“My practice has its foundations on the continuous exploration of the problems of “representation” (or translation of the world) using different tools and artistic methodologies. Nature is most of the time the referent to unfold the problem of translation, and often landscape is the outcome of this exercise. I am very interested in the unlimited and some times the indescribable results that my practice leads to. Believing that approaching the same subject through different perspectives, mediums and materials, I get closer to obtain a better overview and knowledge — and therefore, I can move further with my observations and research, making my practice as something alive and diverse: there is no ultimate end but instead, and hopefully a progress”.