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PROYECTO EN SITIO is a yearly Art event around the Coyotera studio in Umecuaro, Michoacan, in direct contact with the natural environment, sorrounded by hills and agricultural spaces, pine-forests, a lake, a small river, canals, a water dam and a waterfall. On site there are plenty of materials available to use for art creations, such as: wood and lumber, stones, water, tree trunks, leaves and branches, various types of earth in different colors. The environment is beautiful, at a height of 2250 meters with a lot of wind. In October, during the project, the rainy season is over and the lake is filled up with fresh clean water.

 

"One of the many goals of Proyecto en Sitio is to better inform locals  and spectators about Land Art,on site art interventions in existing landscapes. As residents of Umecuaro,we see the importance of creating awareness and sensitivity to this natural environment as well as revealing new ways of enjoying and contemplating nature. We are all born with basic primitive and intuitive senses which,for various reasons,are kept slumbering inside many of us. Just returning to nature, being in direct contact with the natural environment, can make us aware that we have these innate senses. We hope that this project will awaken and sharpen those senses among our spectators."

The organizers hope to realise a tangible project in a continuous form,to be held annually, growing with each new edition."

Kees Owens, Artist and Curator of Proyecto en Sitio (2017) At: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Proyecto-en-Sitio-732730873563216/about/?ref=page_internal. (Accessed 21st November 2017).

NOPAL is a textile environmental installation created to improve participation and enhance the sense of belonging to a place and a community. Local paople have been involved in the making of a common project inspired by the shape of an endemic species of cactus:  Nopal is a common name, in Mexican Spanish, for Opuntia cactus pads.
Natural dyes (spices, flowers, earth and veggies) are used to transform recycled textiles which are stretched onto a structure made out of woven vines, to create a cascade of leaves.

The artwork is placed at the entranc eof Umecuaro on the stone wall of an ancient water dam that provides water to the village.

The project has seen the participation of some local women and children with whom I've been engaged in an exchange of knowledge with focus on textile techniques and the use of local natural materials for dyeing.

Ph. Carmen Jacobo

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