Previous Programmes

The first two editions of ses12naus welcomed twenty artists and thinkers from various disciplines and backgrounds to Ibiza. For 3 weeks, the creators visited the island to research, explore and produce projects. Under the names of ´Embarking´ (2016) and ´The moving idea´ (2018), the two experiences focused on testing the model and its reception among the islanders, the exploration of Ibiza and its resources, and the exchange between the group creators. Each artist produced a piece of work during the residency that was shown publicly at the end of the residency.

Ana Laura Aláez

Ana Laura Aláez

#The Moving Idea #2018
Bio

El conflicto es otro. Hemp. Variable Sizes. 2018.

The work’s shape is a kind of ancestral mask, with holes and perforations: fragile links of internal and external relationships: an irregular network based on repetition, on transforming what horizontally verti- cally, to provide three-dimensionality to the plane, to write a biographical account with other elements, in the action of rising independently of the circumstances, etc. All of this affects the unfinished nature of the structures and the impossibility of achieving any certainty. The perforated circles are an element that is constantly repeated in the work of the artist. In this case, these holes become a symbol of sliding with friction. The hemp, barely treated material, raw, rough, earth colour, subdued in the hands, anticipates a more atavistic culture.

Project

El conflicto es otro. Hemp. Variable Sizes. 2018.

The work’s shape is a kind of ancestral mask, with holes and perforations: fragile links of internal and external relationships: an irregular network based on repetition, on transforming what horizontally verti- cally, to provide three-dimensionality to the plane, to write a biographical account with other elements, in the action of rising independently of the circumstances, etc. All of this affects the unfinished nature of the structures and the impossibility of achieving any certainty. The perforated circles are an element that is constantly repeated in the work of the artist. In this case, these holes become a symbol of sliding with friction. The hemp, barely treated material, raw, rough, earth colour, subdued in the hands, anticipates a more atavistic culture.

Santiago Ydáñez

Santiago Ydáñez

#The Moving Idea #2018
Bio

A Fine Arts graduate from the University of Granada, Ydáñez has given workshops along with Juán Genovés and Mitsuo Miura, among others. He has received important distinctions and is one of Spain’s most internationally renowned painters. He has been awarded scholarships by the Ministry of Culture’s Colegio de España in Paris (2001), the Marcelino Botín Foundation (1998), the Academia de España in Rome (2016) and the 33rd BMW Painting Prize (2018).

He has held exhibitions at the CAC (Málaga), Villa di Livia (Rome), Whitebox Art Center (Beijing), Museo Lázaro Galdiano (Madrid), Dillon Gallery (New York), CAAM (Gran Canaria), Invaliden1 (Berlin), Fundación Chirivella Soriano (Valencia), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Antigua Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús (Caravaca de la Cruz, Murcia), Gallery SE (Bergen, Norway), Goethe Institut, Instituto Cervantes (Stockholm), Fundación Canaria para el Desarrollo de la Pintura (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), GE Galería (Monterrey, Mexico), among others. His work is present in the collections of the Fundación Botín (Santander), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), DKV, CAC (Málaga), Museo Sofía Ímber (Venezuela), Diputación de Jaén, ABC (Madrid), CGAC (Santiago de Compostela).

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Project

Sandra. Oil on canvas. 400 X 200 cm. 2018.

Ydáñez’s personal imaginary is informed by memories of his childhood, scenes of rural life and elements of the countryside it inhabits. Familiar, personal and everyday references which, over the years, the artist has connected with the History of Art and Humanity, while often concealing ethical and political messages. A painter of classical themes, his work is recognised for its expressiveness, which he achieves in quick work sessions where he captures the essential through broad, expressive and energetic brushstrokes and a limited palette of colours. Some of these features are found in Sandra, one of the pieces that Ydáñez created during his prolific residency at Ses 12 Naus. A compulsive seeker of beauty in all that surrounds him, the artist interprets Sandra as a landscape that purposefully adopts monumental and vertical proportions, manifesting some of the changes in the paradigm of the contemporary image, namely, oversizing, the disappearance of traditional spatial axes, and the loss of the hegemony of the horizontal perspective.

Nihat Karatasli

Nihat Karatasli

#The Moving Idea #2018
Bio

Nihat Karatasli (1988-2021) is an interdisciplinary artist whose videos, animations, sculptures, performances and installations explore the interconnections between humans, nature and technology. 

A lecturer, columnist and teacher, Karatasli is also co-founder of the Hüzün Archive, supported by Koç University (Istanbul). His work has featured in group exhibitions in Istanbul, Seoul and Los Angeles and he holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

He has participated in several film festivals, including the 7th Mammoth Lakes Film Festival in California, Soy Meta in Shanghai, 37th Kasseler Film Festival and Stand Firm, Stand Here @ Ohklahomo, Chicago.

Project

A Tree to Weigh, a Tree to Measure. Multimedia, 3D animated GIF y neon lights. Variable Sizes. 2018.   

This piece was originally conceived and installed by the artist in a carob tree, a very common tree throughout the Mediterranean that takes its name from the Arabic word kharrūb. Carob pods have been used for different purposes throughout history: an aphrodisiac, a gem-measuring tool, or a source of basic nutrition. Precisely the word carat (unit of mass and purity of precious stones) comes from the Greek word keration which means carob. The carob tree, together with other native species such as the olive tree, the almond tree, or the fig tree, appear recurrently as powerful symbols of the Mediterranean. Karatasli uses the tree as a representation of primeval nature and, from that essential place, incorporates classical culture and the contemporary maelstrom through images and devices charged with meaning. In A Tree to Weigh, a Tree to Measure, the famous sculptures of The Slaves by Michelangelo Buonarroti are converted into an animated GIF and played on modern screens supported by one of those trees, which is also shown crossed by powerful bars of light white. This work builds an intense allegory of contemporaneity where all of us appear as those new slaves who maintain a complex relationship, more dialectical than symbiotic, with the environment that welcomes us and provides us.

Fátima Moreno

Fátima Moreno

Fátima Moreno

#The Moving Idea #2018
Bio

Fati Morri is the artistic name of Fátima Moreno, a graphic artist and illustrator born in Granada and with close ties to Barcelona and Lisbon.  

She imbued art from an early age, her mother being a painter. She studied engraving at the Escuela de Arte de Granada and then completed a Master’s in contemporary graphic design in Galicia, which led her to work in advertising for several years, before quitting to devote herself entirely to illustration. 

As an illustrator she has worked for clients such as Alpha Decay publishers, the newspaper El Mundo, the BAM festival and El Segell del Primavera Sound, among others.

Project

She produced two paintings during her residency. The experiences and people she encountered on the island provided the basis for an investigation into the contrasting demographic situation of the area. The works constitute a personal study of the island’s social diversity through the many farmers, ravers, jetsetters, tourists and hippies etcetera that inhabit it. 

La Juan Gallery

La Juan Gallery

La Juan Gallery

#The Moving Idea #2018
Bio

La Juan Gallery is a temple of live art, founded in 2015 by Juan Gómez Alemán and Alex Delacroix under the firm belief that performance art is a transversal discipline and that artists inherently create with their bodies. 

Juan Gómez Alemán is the creative director of La Juan Gallery. He is also a freelance cultural manager, exhibition curator, playwright and stage director, driven by a deep curiosity for life and self-education.

Alex Delacroix is the Transavantgarde personified: audiovisual artist, filmmaker, actress, comedian, co-director of La Juan Gallery, gender fluid activist, occasional model and generational icon. 

Project

Historia del arte contemporáneo is the title of the joint project by Juan Gómez Alemán and Alex Delacroix, in which five local authors and dancers give free rein to performances intended to make viewers reflect on the subjective nature of the art market. The finishing touch was a collaborative performance with local artists, which also served as a sort of creative twinning act.

Sofia Eliza Bouratsis

Sofia Eliza Bouratsis

Sofia Eliza Bouratsis

#The Moving Idea #2018
Bio

Sofia Eliza Bouratsis is passionate about the contemporary art world, in which she has immersed herself through research, writing and curating. One research theme she often returns to is the dichotomy between the human and non-human body; but she is also interested in contemporary images and new technologies, as well as the exciting discourse around public, urban and ecological space, especially from an architectural perspective. 

Project

Sofia Eliza Bouratsis’s project draws inspiration from the conversations the Greek artist held with the other artists participating in the residency. They form the basis of a series of postcards displaying questions, in a perfect fusion of text and exposé of ideas in movement. 

Nora Silva

Nora Silva

Nora Silva

#Embarking #2016
Bio

Multidisciplinary artist Nora Silva defines herself as someone who makes things. On a deeper level, she can be described as an artist, independent researcher, and Spanish-Chilean writer based in London, who after graduating in Fine Arts travelled around Latin America working as a cook.

Her art focuses on social awareness and invites viewers to reflect on our responses to issues facing today’s societies such as the loss of privacy, climate change, migration policies, the consumer society and the touristification of cities. 

Her work is typically action-based performance supported by installations and objects.

Project

Splendour & Mass is a social critique of the model of tourism prevalent across the world. The artist focuses her attention on the excessive demands of first world tourism and highlights, through the creation of a ‘touristification’ agency, the consequences this has in many countries. 

Through humour and irony, Nora Silva’s work urges us to reflect on the politics of excess.

Isha Bøhling

Isha Bøhling

Isha Bøhling

#Embarking #2016
Bio

British-Danish artist Isha Bøhling works in the fields of painting, sculpture, sound and curating. She composes with paint, draws with her voice, sculpts instruments and mounts performances through object and light installations.  She has shown her work in Europe, Asia, the United States and South America.

Appreciated by audiences and critics alike, she has received numerous awards for her eclectic and unique creative approach. A recipient of The Freelands Foundation Award in 2020, she was also shortlisted for the East London Painting Prize in 2014 and was a finalist for the John Moores 23 Painting Prize in 2003, the Artsway Prize 2005, the Red Mansions Prize 2002 and shortlisted for the Observer Student Prize 2002.

Project

Isha Bøhling’s ‘In the orange tree’ is based on extensive research and an in-depth knowledge of Ibiza’s musical roots. In this proposal, she explores the island’s historical tradition and musical objects, with the collaboration of local musicians, whom she recorded to create a new sound installation. ‘In the orange tree’ is a piece of music she wrote herself, inspired by traditional Ibizan music, which she presents in an orange tree.

Damien Poulain

Damien Poulain

#Embarking #2016
Bio

Damien Poulain is an artist working in design, architecture and the built and natural environments. His practice transmutes influences from Shintoist, primitive and heraldic symbology, as well as contemporary material and digital culture, to propose a universal visual language. Through an evolving range of formats including textiles, painting, sculpture, and ephemeral architectural volumes, he devises glyphic systems of geometry and colour. These codes raise questions about the ways in which humans relate to each other, to their surroundings, and to the mystery of existence.

Poulain’s work is nomadic and contextual in nature and ranges from monumental interventions to small-scale paintings, which he produces in ongoing series linked to place and time. In addition to public spaces, which are Poulain’s preferred canvas, his work has been displayed in solo exhibitions in London’s Kemistry Gallery and KK Outlet; in Tokyo at Calm and Punk Gallery and Claska; and in group exhibitions at the Museum of Graphic Design in Breda, Holland, and the 21_21 Museum in Tokyo.

Project

Loca People (What the F**k). 6 sewn fabric banners. 93 x 59 cm. each 2016.

Loca People (What the Fuck!) is a techno song by the Spanish DJ Sak Noël. This song is a hymn to celebration, to hedonism, to freedom without responsibility. In a certain sense, some of the elements that have characterized certain activity of the island for decades. The artist’s intention is to create a dialogue between two opposing cultures and traditions in a limited and reduced space like that of Ibiza. A world in danger of extinction that refers to textile manufacturing, and another, such as electronic music, dictated by the powerful entertainment industry, Poulain uses the banners to play with their main relevance, with their main utility, the strength of the sign and the symbol, to create the banners of the true kingdom of electronic music: Ibiza.

Ian Monroe

Ian Monroe

Ian Monroe

#Embarking #2016
Bio

New York artist and writer Ian Monroe conceptualises to perfection the promise and disappointment of modernity. He first came to public attention in 2003 with a large-scale exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, and since then his artistic output and fame have continued to grow. 

His work is present in numerous private collections as well as important international museums such as the Aarhus Kunstmuseum (Denmark), the Saint Louis Art Museum (USA), the Hamburger Banhof (Germany) and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (Spain).

As a writer he has published articles in The Guardian, Art Review and the specialised publication “Collage, assembling contemporary art”.

Project

With his particular use of language and the prominence of materials obtained from upcycling, Ian Monroe creates a multi-purpose pavilion, the purpose of which is to encourage debate and interaction between the local community and visiting artists. 

His project ‘Pavilion for the restless industrialist’ is a stage, a meeting place, an astronomical observatory… In short, an adaptable space at the service of other creators’ performances.

Jesús de Miguel

Jesús de Miguel

Jesús de Miguel

#Embarking #2016
Bio

Visual and multimedia artist Jesús de Miguel lives on the island and so knows Ibiza well. A graduate in Fine Arts from the University of Salamanca, he has studied the anthropology and creative processes of art, animation and 3D design. 

He is particularly interested in painting, and explores its various facets, from purely pictorial art to technologically based artistic expression.  

The visual poetry of his work swims in an ocean of abstractions where the defined becomes less clear-cut and forms merge until they are reborn with a life of their own that goes beyond the limits of what is expected.

Project

The Birth of the Emoticon. Pictorial and sculptural installation. Variable measures. 2022.

Following the line of research that he carried out during his residency in 2016, Jesús de Miguel traces a unique itinerary in the history of the symbol. A path that takes you from the cave paintings to the current emoticons. His neo-pictograms respond to the contemporary collapse and the limitation of reducing the expression of emotions or complex concepts to simple icons. The artist creates his own symbols, he does not reproduce them, and offers them to the viewer so that he can give them meaning. An artist with his own original semantics who gives the public the task of actively imagining a world.

Juan Gómez Alemán

Juan Gómez Alemán

Juan Gómez Alemán

#Embarking #2016
Bio

Artist and cultural manager. Founder and director of “La Juan Gallery”, the first gallery in Spain dedicated to the living arts. Its practice centres around overhauling the clichés associated with performance art and creating networks between artists and the public out of its contents. He has collaborated with institutions such as the Instituto Cervantes, Central Saint Martins (London), Teatros del Canal (Madrid), Cidade da Cultura (Santiago de Compostela) and Matadero (Madrid), among others.

Project

Oral Tradition. Performance made the day of the preview of this exhibition. Audio documenting said action. 2022.

Oral tradition transmits knowledge and experiences to those who listen to it. When Juan Gómez Alemán arrived at the Ses 12 naus residence in 2016, he interviewed some men and women from Ibiza for his project, asking them about the origin of the island and what events had made it what it is now. Six years after that experience, it is Gómez Alemán himself who tries to orally transmit what that coexistence was like, an important event in the artist’s creative path that he now wants to share with us through this performance.

Violeta Janeiro

Violeta Janeiro

Violeta Janeiro

#Embarking #2016
Bio

Violeta Janeiro is a key name in collaborative art. An independent art curator and researcher with an ample background in contemporary art, her work examines different collaborative art practices, the politics of knowledge, and alternative modes of producing, receiving and channelling art.

She has worked at the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Spanish Consulate in Shanghai and Summa Art Fair. She directed the Galería Helga de Alvear in Madrid and has promoted various research projects.

She holds a degree in Art History from the University of Santiago de Compostela and a MA in Fine Arts from Kingston University, London.

Project

Violeta Janeiro Algageme’s contribution to the Ses Dotze Naus residency is a research project. Called ‘Collaborative art in the 90s’, it takes an in-depth look into a subject the artist knows well, as it was the subject of her doctoral thesis.

Zeltia Montes

Zeltia Montes

#Embarking #2016
Bio

The name Zeltia Montes is closely linked to music and cinema. A Galician composer specialising in film soundtracks, she began composing at the early age of 9. 

She studied piano and music theory at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid and specialised in modern music. She also trained at Berklee College of Music in Boston and composed her first soundtrack in 2008 for the film Pradolongo, by Ignacio Vilar. 

Her awards include the Jerry Goldsmith Award, the Mestre Mateo Award, the Gold Medal for excellence at the Park City Fil Music Festival, and the Goya for best original score for the film El buen patrón.

Project

Pou d’es Lleó. Composición musical. 6’02’’. 2016.

“And I came to play. With my limits. With the limits of the island. In search of freedom. To free the music from the subject. To free myself from me. To capture in spite of myself. More than my own ideas. The rhythm of the air. The saturation of white. The harmonics of light. To return its space to silence. Isolated. Drowned in the noise. To collect the silence of nature. To collect the notes of silence. To return them to the sea. Mediterranean”.

Mauricio Freyre

Mauricio Freyre

Mauricio Freyre

#Embarking #2016
Bio

Mauricio Freyre is a Peruvian researcher, audiovisual artist and filmmaker with a background in architecture. Interested in how film and architecture overlap, his projects seek out the interfaces of celluloid and architecture, with special emphasis on the margins, blind spots and dark areas.

A recipient of the Premio Nacional de Cine Experimental in Peru and the Matadero Production Grant in Madrid, his films and installations have featured in the programmes and exhibitions of the Valdivia International Film Festival, Les Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, l’Alternativa, TENT Rotterdam, Nederlands Film Festival and Fundación Telefónica Lima, among others.

Project

Mauricio Freyre’s proposal, ‘Untitled’, is a video examining the history of the ISCID (an industrial design congress held in Ibiza, in 1971, during the Franco dictatorship). In it, he invites viewers to reflect on alternative production dynamics that could blur the distinction between work and leisure.

Marc Tur & Eduard Reguant

Marc Tur & Eduard Reguant

Marc Tur & Eduard Reguant

#The Moving Idea #2018
Bio

The Ibizan Marc Tur and the Catalan Eduard Reguant are two architects based in Ibiza. For Marc Tur, ‘a good project is one that allows us to correct or positively influence the way people relate to each other’, words that illustrate the value he gives to architecture in general and his daily work in particular. Winner of the 2008-2011 Ibiza and Formentera architecture prize, he is, together with Eduard Reguant, responsible for the design of the Ses Dotze Naus spaces in Ibiza.

Project

Architects Marc and Eduard designed the Ses Dotze Naus venue using agricultural and natural materials they found on the grounds where the residency took place.

Their proposal consisted in interacting with the other artists over the three weeks and documenting their creative processes. This would form the basis of a useful temporary installation using locally sourced materials that could be easily dismantled when it was finished.

Karen Paulina Biswell

Karen Paulina Biswell

Karen Paulina Biswell

#Embarking #2016
Bio

Karen Paulina Biswell is the daughter of Colombian parents who emigrated to Paris to escape the extreme political repression of the early 1990s. Her diverse body of work, which continually defies definition, focuses on themes such as morality, vulnerability and human fate. Motivated by a profound interest in the extreme states and depths of the human mind and experience, Biswell examines lesser-known aspects of contemporary life and the invisible and challenging elements of society today.

She has recently held exhibitions at Espacio 23 Miami, ‘Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge M. Perez Collection’; the Momenta Biennale de l’Image in Montreal, and the A4 Art Museum in Chengdu, China, and her work features in the public and institutional collections of the Musée du Quai Branly - Jacques Chirac, France; Museo del Banco de la República, Colombia; Pérez Art Museum in Miami, Colección Jorge M. Pérez; and Les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles, France.

Project

Ca eivissenc. Photography. C-print hand made. 110 x 110 cm. 2016.

The artist often focuses on themes of morality, vulnerability and destiny, while remaining committed to capturing hidden aspects of life today, invisible or unknown elements that she perceives through a deep interest in extreme states, human experience and by the depth of the mind. The photographic series that Biswell made in residence are nourished by this sensitivity, stimulated by the new context of the island, to analyze the ancestral and mystical character of Ibiza based on a series of images that she works as magical symbols.

Ana Martínez Fernández

Ana Martínez Fernández

Ana Martínez Fernández

#The Moving Idea #2018
Bio

Ana Martínez Fernández works mainly in the field of sculpture which she approaches through written and spoken language.  She is interested in the complexity of social narratives, especially the implications of the consumption of certain products and images, the paradoxical or contradictory forces shaping the mechanisms of desire, and the absence – or presence – of innocence in these mechanisms.

She studied Fine Arts at the Universidad del País Vasco and Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths University College London. She has taught Criticism and Contextuality Studies at the Faculty of Architecture at London Metropolitan University and has exhibited in Madrid, Osaka, Madrid and France.

Project

During her residency on the island, sculptor Ana Martínez Fernández executed three pieces made of adobe and straw representing three guests at a party that is now over. The work is the result of an investigation into geopolitical issues intended to provide a space in which the creative potentials of language and materials can be documented and explored, as the artist herself has explained.

Sabelo Mlangeni

Sabelo Mlangeni

Sabelo Mlangeni

#The Moving Idea #2018
Bio

Sabelo Mlangeni is a South African photographer who was born in 1980 in Driefontein, near Wakkerstroom, in Mpumalanga, and moved in 2001 to Johannesburg, where he joined the Photo Workshop market, graduating in 2004.

His sensitivity and ability to provoke emotion through his images have earned him a place in the world of photography. He has had solo exhibitions in various parts of South Africa, the US, New Zealand, the UK and Angola; and group exhibitions in Germany, Nigeria, Mali, France, Portugal, Holland and Mexico, which have addressed themes as diverse as apartheid, the invisibility of women, and sex.

Project

During his residency, the South African photographer Sabelo Mlangeni explored the concept and idea of family, a universal theme of profound social significance and myriad possibilities of expression that photography can unlock thanks to the wealth of nuances and socio-cultural constructions it carries.

Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil

Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil

Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil

#The Moving Idea #2018 #Embarking #2016
Bio

Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil construct and deconstruct spaces. Extensive training and experience afford them an absolute mastery of volume with which to recreate a universe that seems completely illogical at first sight. 

Martine Feipel studied visual arts at the Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg, the University of the Arts in Berlin and at Central St. Martins College of Art & Design in London, where she obtained her MA in Fine Art. Jean Bechameil has worked since 1990 as a freelance sculptor. He has produced many of Lars von Trier’s play and film sets, including Antichrist, Manderlay and Dogville.

Based in Luxembourg, the couple have collaborated together since 2008.

Project

Hotel Utopia. Video that includes a participatory action. 8’ 48’’. 2018.

Hotel Utopia is a project that starts from the ruined structure of a building that was going to be a hotel in Ibiza and was conceived by the renowned architect Josep Lluis Sert. The construction project began in 1969 and was stopped in the 1970s, being completely abandoned after Sert’s death in 1983. To date, the fate of the ruin remains uncertain. The video collects the ephemeral and participatory intervention that was carried out in that structure, paying homage to Sert’s architecture and, more generally, to the ideas, the utopian promises and the dreams of a modernity that becomes a metaphor for dissatisfaction and the unresolved contradictions it contains. The goal is not to give a negative view of the building, but to bring out parts of the structure through the act of painting, giving it an abstract and timeless feel, as if the building is suspended between its past and its future.

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