Collective Art for a Shared Present
This collective mural is titled “Co-creating Remedies”. It has been created together with participants from various backgrounds and ages, together with the Spanish artist Seila Fernández Arconada and the polish artist Krzysztof Gruszczyński in November 2022. The mural is in the Wiktor Dega primary school nr 78 (ul. Żonkilowa 34. 60-175 Poznań, Poland).
This collective design has been done by participants of the collective gatherings “Co-creating Remedies. Collective Art for a Shared Present”. This project has been designed by Seila Fernández Arconada as a bespoke method to get together with invited participants from different ages from Ukraine and Poland.
The initiative has been organized by the NGO Logos as part of the project "Poznawaj with logos.ngo".
In the following paragraphs you will find more information about the process of this project and how the mural was created.
Co-creating Remedies. Collective Art for a Shared Present
Workshop leader: Seila Fernández Arconada
November 2022, Logos Space and Wiktor Dega primary school nr 78 Poznan (Poland),
Remedies are forms of healing, forms of being with each other. This collective art journey enabled us to explore emotions though artistic tools aiming to create an inclusive and peaceful atmosphere. During the time together we experimented with different art techniques including storytelling, sound creation and drawing, where participants from various backgrounds were invited to collaborate mostly Ukrainian refugees and local Polish people.
The methodological strategy from the workshop leader was to enhance care at various levels. The process focused on tackling emotions such as fear when being out of the confort zone, also the generation of a collective safe and trustable space between unknown people and how to expand creativity by being more aware of the senses among other important challenges that were arising from the collective experience.
The individual and collective exchange was the most important focus. Then, the proposed artistic experiments became the experiencial space that led participants thougthout the shared space. This workshop is a direct response to this project, Co-Creating Remedies in itself has been based in an in depth research about art for recovery and resilience in conflict zones and natural disaster affected territories, art therapy, socially engaged art practice, among other aspects.
A selection of photos of the process Co-creating Remedies. Collective Art for a Shared Present.
The following images are a selection of the "blind drawings" activity:
The following image includes the "blind improvisations: collective sound creations". These improvisations were created during the series of collective gatherings.
There are four compositions included in the same soundtrack, times for each are the following:
2nd November, morning group. Logos space - 00:17min
2nd November, afternoon group Wiktor Dega primary school #78 - 9.15min
3rd November, morning group Logos space 21:14 min
3rd November, afternoon group Wiktor Dega primary school #78 29:27 min
The following images are a selection of collaborative creations by adults and kids, participants of Co-creating remedies collective gatherings. During this task there was some direction for expressing some familiar issues from unfamiliar perspectives, including sensorial representation such as creating a peaceful atmosphere or recalling memories from their childhood.
From these sessions a number of creations were made, including more than 100 drawings and mixed media creations all together.
The process of selecting some relevant and common features or issues was a complex time where editing was involved to generate a final collaborative mural.
All of those participants gave a lot of themselves, thank you for your contributions, you are all authors of this collective mural:
Authors of the collective mural:
On the 6th of November the mural became a reality, the invitation for participation was out loud and people from different ages and background came to Wiktor Dega primary school #78 to contribute with their creative imputs.
The process was led by Seila Fernández Arconada and Krzysztofem Gruszczyńskim as well as the production crew from Logos NGO in special Taisiia Shkarlinska. In the following images you can see some visual glimpses of this collective making outdoors.
In the following photos can be seen the official presentation of Co-creating Remedies mural in the Wiktor Dega primary school #78. Thank you to all the staff at the school and students who were there supporting this initiative.
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