“WE ARE OCEAN Honduras”

Interactive and interdisciplinary artistic-scientific workshops and interventions will be organized in La Sabana with the local community of the “Desembocadura del Río Chamelecón” to discuss the local environmental issues, their causes and possible solutions and how traditional knowledge can be of support in a more sustainable, respectful and indigenous perspective driven way. The invited artists Adán Vallecillo (Honduras), César Manzanarez (Honduras), Pável Aguilar (Honduras/ Switzerland), Sarina Scheidegger (Switzerland) and the curator Anne-Marie Melster are coming together in La Sabana from 16 to 24 August 2022 to hold workshops around several ocean protection topics scientifically accompanied by Diana Vásquez and Luis Guardiola from the RARE Foundation. They will work together with the community of the “Desembocadura del Río Chamelecón” to create collective art works and discuss challenges and solutions for their climate change related problems.

Description of WE ARE OCEAN Honduras

Event: 26 August 2022, 6:30 pm, Spanish Cultural Center Tegucigalpa, 655 Calle de la Colonia Palmira
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Fishbowl discussion: “Art as a mediator between marine science and society”: Adán Vallecillo, Pável Aguilar, Sarina Scheidegger, Anne-Marie Melster, Diana Vásquez

In 2019, curator Anne-Marie Melster and her organisation ARTPORT making waves launched the WE ARE OCEAN global program, which now joins UNESCO’s United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) as an endorsed project. After Berlin, Marseille, Venice, Vancouver and the Dutch and German coasts of the Wadden Sea, the project now travels to Honduras.

We are waiting for you on Friday, August 26 at 6:30pm, at the CCET, together with the artists, marine biologist Diana Vásquez and curator Anne-Marie Melster, who will discuss with the audience the role of the arts in mediating between marine science and society, as well as their role in finding local solutions and supporting communities affected by climate change.

This project is funded by RARE Foundation Honduras, The Lighthouse Foundation Germany and Kultur Basel Switzerland

Face-to-face activity at the CCET on Friday, August 26, starting at 6:30pm.
Mandatory use of mask during all activity.


The project:

WE ARE OCEAN Honduras brings together two countries across the ocean to create environmental youth empowerment in both. Four artists from Honduras and Switzerland will work together with students from several generations in the river delta of the River Chamelecón in La Sabana, Puerto Cortés to learn with them about ocean protection and to empower them to act, to create their own solutions and to give them agency. Traditional knowledge from various parts of Honduras will be gathered to connect it to the people and to travel across the Atlantic to Switzerland to highlight the interconnectedness of both countries.

The project will start off from 15 August – 25 August 2022 with workshops by the artists together with students in La Sabana, in which they will reflect on local environmental issues, their causes and possible solutions, and the importance of the inclusion of traditional knowledge in a sustainable development. On the 26th of August the artistic outcomes of the workshops will be presented in an interdisciplinary panel discussion at the Spanish Cultural Center of Tegucigalpa.

These are the participating artists: Pável Aguilar will develop the collective performance ‘Conversando con el viento/ talking with the wind, combining the elaboration of ancestral musical instruments and contemporary music theory through sound art. Together with the students Adán Vallecillo will create an installation in form of a community kitchen: ‘Estación Gastronómica Marítima: Marine Gastronomic Station’. César Manzanares will host a performance-oriented visual arts workshop to educate young people on how to generate better living conditions and human quality through the arts. Sarina Scheidegger will reenact her musical performance ‘Collaborating Water’ together with the students, to celebrate the empowerment of a polyphonic togetherness.

WE ARE OCEAN Honduras is an interactive journey created by ARTPORT_making waves in partnership with RARE Foundation in Honduras (https://rare.org/), curated by Anne-Marie Melster. The project will reflect what the Central American country stands for right now, analyse the environmental development in the last 50 years and give a voice to a local and remote community affected by climate change to show us their perspective in the context of a healthy ocean.

The project is funded by The Lighthouse Foundation Germany and the Kulturpauschale Basel as well as by the project partner RARE Foundation.

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The Lighthouse Foundation



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