On December 28 and 29, CAMPO Artfest 2019 was held, an art festival in Pueblo Garzón, Uruguay, which brought together more than 40 artists from different parts of the world. The meeting, which celebrated its third edition, is part of a broader proposal, where cultural exchange and commitment to the community are one of the fundamental purposes. Installations, sensory experiences, musical and theatrical performances, dinners at a ranch, workshops, artist talks and much more, CAMPO intends to reimagine and transform the small Uruguayan town.
Founded by American photographer Heidi Lender, this edition was curated by Roxana Fabius Rozenbaum, uruguayan curator and art historian who currently lives and works in New York City.
The combination of outdoor space, together with architecture, in many cases in ruins and the different artistic proposals, generate a very particular aesthetic. Through a map, the visitor is invited to walk the town through the different artistic proposals.
One of the works that had the most impact in this edition was that of the Brazilian artist Alessandro Celante who hung his Impermanent Masks. Outdoors, moved by the wind, they generate different perceptions in the viewer.
Drawings by Cohen & Mazzucchelli (AR | ES) inspired by writings by Marosa di Giorgio, interactive works such as the Uruguayan Head Brothers collective, outdoor sculptures, and performances, were part of the festival’s agenda.
Thiago Honório (BR) who was a resident of CAMPO AIR in October 2019 installed Luzia, a geometric sculpture built next to the Garzón town pedrero using local traditions. Composed of granite stones collected in quarries near Pueblo Garzón, the sculpture evokes a kind of shelter-body that houses resin eyes, which have been produced by a sculptor of religious images. The eyes suggest the presence of a sturdy body covered with stones, a beacon in the open field.
A participatory mural by the artist Flavia Erenberg (UR) and the production of portraits in Cyanotipia with children from Pueblo Garzón were some of the proposals that included the little ones in the festival.
The exchange between artists from different parts of the world and gastronomy as an integral part of creativity are some of the issues that CAMPO offers, not only through this festival but also in residences that take place during the year: a group of selected artists shares the space with a selected chef.
Their meetings and the possibility of using time exclusively for creation, generate special and unique results.