Beatriz De Alcantara
A Brazilian team consisting of three landscape architects from Sao Paolo forms the ”Nós Art Project”: Maria Beatrice Trujillo, Beatriz De Alcantara and Paula Bedin. Their Land Art work is called “Nós” which in Portuguese means both “us” and “knot” gives the indication of connecting two objects/creating relations.
The artwork was chosen as a bonus project by the censor group due to its idea and execution, which carries out the essence of LAND-SHAPE´s goal of including the citizens in the art process. It follows an art tradition of female craft area that merges with traditional male materials like rope and fishing net.
At the LAND-SHAPE Festival in Hanstholm the artists managed to create a great work in collaboration with the local citizens and the audience. They designed a large textile net structure meant to be installed later in relation to a building in Hanstholm. Citizens got involved in the creative process of the net, which became a great playful metaphor for the community strengths and interpersonal ties. The artwork was build up upon the local heritage of the fishing families in North Jutland. During the festival fishermen from Hanstholm harbor joined the work of tying knots with their special knowledge and approved the idea of taking their craft into the art world.
As the project´s title describes, people bonded with each other and shared their knowledge and experience, transforming the whole process in a creative learning environment, which spoke without words about the meaning of “Nós” in the small community of Hanstholm.
“The landscape is per definition a culturally constructed idea. A landscape becomes “room” when we give it meaning through both natural and constructed figurations that surround us. In this way, the space becomes a changing synthesis between social components and geography. The project stands as a third element in this equation – not created by nature neither human necessity – as an attempt to rethink the understanding of the concept of landscape”