Saskia Abrahms-Kavunenko (Australia, 1981) is an anthropologist, specializing in Mongolian and post-socialist religion.
During her time at CeRCCa Saskia has written a paper on the possibilities for re-enmeshment within social and spiritual communities in increasingly fractured ‘liquid modern’ situations. She does this through examining the experience of re-engagement that a Mongolian friend discovered alongside ‘traditional’ shamanic practices.
‘I am increasingly interested in new forms of religiosity revolving around personal experience and active meaning making (noted amongst evangelical movements, but widely identifiable) rather than the intercession of religious specialists, and the maintenance of ritual forms. That these changes are taking place in concert with the increasing globalization of information and movement, and near global uncertainty as to the effects (in contrast to the experience) of any given behavior or choice, is no coincidence. Through studying these phenomena in a number of settings some general characteristics of 21st Century religiosity may become more visible, providing common ground perhaps for inter-faith dialogue and cooperation.’
Shultz Abrahms-Kavunenko (Australia 1982) is a writer/perennial student, who over the last five years has completed two novel length works of exploratory fiction, and undertaken self-driven research (in and out of academic settings) on topics ranging through the influence of Buddhism and shamanism on human/animal interactions, and the potentialities of sacred conservation in mitigating environmental damage to behavioural change and stasis. http://extremityandeternity.com/
During his time at CeRCCa he has combined his practice as a writer with an underdeveloped interest in drawing, searching in form when meaning has eloped. Alongside working on the development of several texts, he has each day of the residency drawn without corrections or preconception a single work in black ink. Largely organic and abstract these works mark a passage of time, spent without intention beyond expression. The drawings resemble an unreadable alphabet, ephemeral traces of the memory of formlessness trying to burst forth from some preconscious hinterland into almost, but never quite, sensibility.
‘Some, if not all forms of early writing abstracted themselves from pictorial forms. During this retreat my efforts at writing returned to this primordial ground. Left voiceless the works that resulted are unintentional. They record time through a mind and hand. Anything more is the frission of perception and conception.’
Nadia Tawfik (Egypt, 1972) is an installation artists and an art therapist. She is interested in blurring the lines that separate humans in different health and mental conditions and establish, through art a dialogue and understanding amongst these differences. Since 1999 She has been working with Mohammed Sawi and artists with Down syndrome. She has also coordinated different multi media workshops in collaboration with Gudran Arts and Development, the Goethe Institute and the French Institute as well as with the French Language School Saint-Gabriel in Alexandria and Save the Children and Caritas in Cairo. Her art practice is based in multi media installations that use music, video, collage and recycled material to create immersive landscapes and structures that reflect on spirituality and the human condition.
During her time at CeRCCa Nadia has developed a research process based on networking visits and interviews. She has visited the studios of Sumci Rius Armajach, Camil.la Perez Barnadas, Teresa Baltasar and Carlota Baldris. She has also participated in the art workshop organized by the Apel.les Fenosa Art School in collaboration with the Santa Teresa School in El Vendrell and has conducted a workshop with the adults of El Ventall, a centre for social engagement focused on adults with special needs. The workshop was developed thanks to the assistance of Laura Tous, Pau Cata and the Art Therapist of the center. The result of the workshop was exhibited at the reception of the center.
The work she developed during the residency was exhibited in a collective exhibition at the Local Art Gallery in El Vendrell.
More information about her work can be found in the links below
Alfonso Deiros (Catalonia, 1973) is a self taught singer and a guitar composer. His career as a musician started four years ago as a process of healing giving a new dimension and direction to his life. In this process Alfonso engaged on inter religious studies that introduced him to Islam, Buddhism and Christianity. This research and experiences has given him the ground from where to develop his music compositions that range musicalization of mantras and Islamic prayers to auto biographical songs that talk about his thoughts and feelings as well as more ethical and morally engaged themes. He normally accompanies each track with a reflexive monologue and video.
During his time at CeRCCa he has composed several guitar pieces, monologues and videos.