JournALL is a weekly online art programme open to everyone interested in visual arts.
This project comes out in response to these unsettling times inviting artists to share their creative and alternative view across all disciplines. A virtual closeness to contrast the physical distance and to support international artists and their practice during the progressive worldwide lockdown and suspension or definitive cancellation of all art activities and events (e.g. exhibitions, fairs, talks, workshops, etc).
Every Thursday – the day of the exhibition openings – from the 31st March to the 6th August was posted an artwork (e.g. paintings, sculptures, photos, videos, performances) with a short description of the piece, a brief thought from the artist to describe their practice and contemporary experience, and their short bio.
This wants to be an easy and immediate way to create an appointment during all the pandemic time to support and connect international artists at any stage of their career to share their researches with the wider audience. Both the blog and the social media, in particular Instagram, are thought as a photo gallery: the visual impact of a heterogeneous group of works and artists linked on the same platform/project/planet.
‘In conversation with…’ is a video chat to connect international to talk about their experience and research. These interviews or live performances want to give the resources to perform and react creatively at this crisis. All the artists involved are giving the most global and equal realistic picture of this time. Everyone described their practice and situation sharing their work and experience, to the point that this programme is becoming an archive which is showing its sociological importance.
JournALL is now moving to the end of this isolation time: slow reopening and recovery of all the activities. This online art programme is now collecting the works and voices of nineteen artists to recall the Covid-19.
JournALL is closing its programme since we are now living ‘new normality’, even if life is still going to be hard for several artists and organisations. With all the uncertainty typical of this historical period, JournALL will continue to stay close to the international art community and be a witness of this time.
Please visit the website: https://journallartprogramme.wordpress.com
Follow the artists on Instagram: @journ_all
And on YouTube
Ph credits and courtesy of all the artists who kindly accepted to take part in this project online.
Richard Long, This Too Will Pass. Walking Days, Bristol, 2020.
Courtesy of Richard Long.