This project strand offers short residency opportunities in partner cities for 30 emerging artists. Each UEO city partner will send two artists on a residency to another partner’s city of a different art form, thereby seeking to enrich their professional practice through inter-disciplinary residencies. Artists are chosen on the basis of having demonstrated an interest in the hosting city’s Arts & Society contemporary European theme. They must also practice a different art form from that of the hosting city’s public event. The project offers the emerging artists the opportunity to travel without the pressure to produce work and ideally to experience UEO’s public events.
Adra Pallón will travel to Istanbul
Lugo’s other artist Kirenia Acosta will travel to Lisbon.
My motivation follows the example of Leopold Bloom’s drifting through the streets of Dublin. My intention is to carry out a visual work in Istanbul that reproduces, through the techniques of photography, the experience of an automatic writing, exploring the meeting points between sign language and images. The lens of the camera should therefore alter our objective perception of reality, recording also the subjective charge of the one who chooses a certain object under a specific light, i.e. the gaze of the author. To make a Bloomsday in Istanbul demands of us an obedience to the randomness of the walk and an attention to the everyday landscape of its people, beyond the landscape staged for the tourist, searching the city that denies the postcard.
Adra Pallón is the one of the best known emerging photographers in Spain and he was awarded the Spanish Young Photographer Award and with scholarships from leading European art foundations and trusts funding photography. Photographic language related to sociology is the basis of his work. The central axis of all his documentary photography is to offer a sociological vision of the reality in which he lives.