THREAD CULTURAL CENTRE AND ARTIST'S RESIDENCY IN EASTERN SENEGAL.
A PROJECT BY
THE JOSEF AND ANNI ALBERS FOUNDATION AND NGO LE KORSA.
Photos by Giovanni Hänninen & Alberto Amoretti
A look at the residencies that would have happened during the pandemic. This time with Joao Maraschin.
"I WOULD HAVE..."
“I have had to work all by myself, alone in my studio, instead of in a collaborative manner. That has really been challenging, but vital, at the same time.”
Joao Maraschin was awarded with a residency at Thread through the the Art for the Environment programme organised by University of Arts London, from which he recently graduated as a fashion designer.
When asked about how the pandemic has impacted him, Joao says:
I have definitely slowed down and postponed a few projects. It has allowed me time to mature some ideas and to respond to them with more substance. In light of restrictions of numbers of people, I had to work all by myself, alone in my studio, instead of in a collaborative manner. That has really been challenging, but vital, at the same time. On a personal note, I have become more and more aware of the value of time. I have made an effort to keep a work structure in order to have a balance between work and free time.
When Joao imagines the time he would have spent at Thread, if he would have gone last year, collaboration immediately comes to mind.
Perhaps I would have created some surface designs..from the creative exchanges with the community and would have brought visual elements encountered in the flora and fauna in Tambacounda, to my work. Most of all, I think I would have experienced life in a completely different place of the world and that would have influenced my own creative process.
I always wanted to go to Senegal, but I never had the opportunity before. When I eventually do go to Thread, I think it will broaden my vision in regards to community participation and mutual learning. And it will hopefully provide me with more experience in working with external collaborators.
Currently Joao is busy with the production of his second collection, which has recently launched. His third collection will come out later this year, and will symbolise the beginning of a journey that will also somehow include the Thread residency, by investigating the connection between Brazil and Africa through history.
I intend to produce a piece of work that enhances the multiple identities of both places.