Martina Stella was invited to participate in the residency program See Djerba for two weeks, at the end of August 2019, in order to propose an in situ video mapping installation in the city center. See Djerba is an international biennal curated by Aymen Gharbi and Bettina Pelz. It is an engaged event aiming to spread the knowledge of digital arts in Tunisia, towards exhibitions, workshops and meetings with local people. The invited artists work with light as a tool, each artist can choose a specific site in the city, then a local person collaborating with See Djerba’s team will initiate the artist to the history and the details of the site chosen for the installation. Throughout this encounter, Martina Stella was able to understand Djerba’s reality and to create an artwork which was exhibited in the city from 29 August to 1 September 2019. The in situ artworks were accessible to residents and tourists free from charge.
This mobility experience went completely beyond my objective. I’ve participated in the Young Master’s program and worked with Studio Amalgam, supervised by two young curators Salma Kossentini and Katja Štesl. The work I presented is very different from the project I developed before leaving, and I think that this is a very positive thing: the context and the foreign country have influenced my work a lot. From the artistic point of view – as it was the first time to develop a project abroad, to discuss it, to discover things through it, and to practice outside the university safe environment – this allowed me to realize the power that in situ projects and research have.