During their residency ZAC – Zest Artist Collective will present a series of collective actions, exploring different ways of connecting with the specific environment of Riverside Park in Cambridge. They will walk the paths and non-paths of the park, practicing deep listening to connect with the place and discover the stories it holds.
Through intense collaboration, ZAC members explore co-authored practices based on knowledge sharing, working to comprehend the symbiotic relationships with our planet's ecological balance. Through a methodology based in cross-disciplinary experimentation, they dig into making, thinking and narrating new stories of place.
Following their time in Riverside Park, ZAC aligned many of their recorded thoughts, conversations, and spatial experiences into a single expression of the residency through sound. Embedded below is their work titled River Diaries.
Forming as a collective In 2020, thanks to the immaterial lines of ethereal communication, ZAC’s six female artists started to engage and search for creative strategies. They formed a plural entity displaced across 4 continents connecting Europe, South America, Africa and Australia; different minds thinking together to create a communal body of work. Elena Redaelli (Italy); Karin van der Molen (Netherlands); Lucia Loren (Spain), Karen Macher (Perù), Imke Rust (Namibia/Germany) and Sally Kidall (Australia). Their site-responsive, nomadic, and nature-based art practice has developed through international art residency programs, symposia and art festivals, grounded by environmental awareness, openness and sensitivity. The artists connect virtually through weekly meetings and intensive exchanges, working in virtual platforms to brainstorm and research. ZAC has exhibited collaborative projects in Museum Schokland (The Netherlands), Landart Biennial Andorra, Dakar OFF Biennial (Senegal), Est Art Space Madrid (Spain), and Ermita de Lomos de Orio, Villoslada (Spain).
This residency is presented in partnership with Cambridge Sculpture Garden.