EXPEDITION 01 : GUNA YALA

Region : Central / South America

Project focus : Island cleanup and creative reuse of natural flora / found materials

 

For the first installment of The Greenkey Project, Honeycomb Arts travelled to the Caribbean Sea to spend time with the Guna tribe within the comarca of Guna Yala. The team composed of Luz Peuscovich, Trystan Bates, James Quinn / CERN, and Santiago Carrera spent their time on the isolated island learning about the culture, cosmology and traditions of the tribe. The artists investigated environmental issues affecting the indigenous community such as the lack of fresh water, plastic waste accumulation and a rising sea level that is consuming the island homes of the tribe and forcing their migration to higher ground. Island cleanup became an important and emotional component of the artists visit and was an opportunity to reflect upon the connectivity of us all and how ones irresponsible behavior can indeed affect someone else on the other side of the world. Artists also worked closely with the community, schoolhouse and children of Caledonia to gather natural flora and transform it into costumes needed for an annual celebration. The project presented a sustainable alternative to the usage of synthetic materials that would ultimately produce additional waste and add to the deterioration of the local ecology.  We are so grateful to the Guna community of Caledonia and La Wayaka Current for making the first expedition such a profound and beautiful experience.   

 

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ARTIST TEAM

LUZ PEUSCOVICH

Installation Artist

Argentina

 

 

Luz Peuscovich is a celebrated installation artist from Argentina with a stunning body of work centered in the exploration and reorganization of organic material into sacred spaces that draw upon the architecture and cultural influences of the location they are built in.   She is constantly in motion collecting elements from natural environments that can be re-configured into immersive engaging pieces reflecting the importance of ones connection to nature.

  

 

 

CERN

Artist / Muralist

USA

 

James Quinn aka CERN is a renowned muralist and a key figure in the Street Art movement. Based out of New York City, he produces murals that are significant in regards to the timeline and development of Street Art as a powerful and recognized medium. His pieces are treasured by the communities where he paints and carry with them a transformative power to uplift and energize through their playfulness, explosive color and positive energy. 

TRYSTAN BATES  

Artist / Curator

USA / Argentina

 

SANTIAGO CARRERA

Photographer

Argentina

 

Santiago Carrera is one of the most prolific young photographers in Argentina. His fine art photography ranges from figurative to abstract and often has conceptual ties to individual or collective identity. While in Guna Yala he focused his time on developing a series that played with light and water, two of the most  prominent elements on the island which could function as an abstract portrait of the environment and the local community. 

 

ON THE ISLAND

 

Special thanks to Sofie & Viktor from La Wayaka Current:

 

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Expedition 01 : GUNA YALA

Trystan Bates is a visual artist, curator, gallerist and the Founder  of Honeycomb Arts. He is also the Founder and acting director of The Greenkey Project. His art  is mostly interdisciplinary , often utilizing   techniques and mediums that visually echo the subject matter or inspiration behind the pieces. Trystan draws inspiration from the exploration of self,  history, the collective mythology of tribal and ancient cultures, and the human condition He has shown extensively throughout The U.S. Latin America and Europe.

Region : Central / South America

Project Focus : Island cleanup and creative

reuse of natural flora / found materials

 

 

Luz Peuscovich is a celebrated installation artist from Argentina with a stunning body of work centered in the exploration and reorganization of organic material into sacred spaces that draw upon the architecture and cultural influences of the location they are built in.   She is constantly in motion collecting elements from natural environments that can be re-configured into immersive engaging pieces reflecting the importance of ones connection to nature.