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World of Art 2017

We are delighted to announce that this year’s World of Art Commission will be with the Venezuelan artist Sol Calero. Working in partnership with Folkestone Triennial, Sol has been invited to create new work which will be installed at Charlton Park and then in Folkestone in September.

‘Casa Anacaona’
The Project
Operating as a space for social and cultural interaction Casa Anacaona is a site-specific temporary structure with bespoke furniture.  In the mornings and early afternoons Casa Anacaona will host a series of painting workshops and from mid-afternoon until evening it will become a space for social interaction where visitors can sit, talk, eat, drink, and enjoy being part of the installation’s transformation.
Casa Anacaona will be open Thursday 6pm – 9pm, Friday to Sunday 11am – 9pm.

The Workshops
Festival goers are invited to work with Sol Calero to develop decorative, painted elements for the interior of Casa Anacaona.  Workshops are free and all materials are provided.  Spaces are limited to 30 people and are offered on a first come first served basis. Workshops are restricted to those aged 16 years and over.
Workshop Times: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 45 minute sessions on the hour, every hour at 11am, 12noon, 1pm and 2pm.

The Artist
Sol Calero was selected for this co-commission for her ability to create strong visual interventions in outdoor spaces; for the fact that her practice references Latino culture and its exchange of influence with Western European traditions; and for her ability to create wonderfully joyous work that often offers some aspect of practical engagement.

Sol Calero was born in Caracas in 1982 and lives and works in Berlin.  She studied at universities in Madrid and Tenerife and is interested in reflecting the ambiguity of cultural signs, and investigating the way in which meanings can proliferate and change.  As well as traditional methods of art-making such as painting and drawing, she also experiments with found objects, fabric works, and site-based practices. She has created installations that have variously incorporated Salsa dancing sessions, hairdressing salons and cybercafés.

Sol is the recipient of several international awards and has exhibited widely.  This year she was nominated for the Preis der Nationalgalerie in association with Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin.

Co-commissioned by WOMAD World of Art and Folkestone Triennial