The winning team explored Brazil’s vibrant landscape and creative scene by collaborating with local arts and social organisations.
Twelve winners of the Create & Inspire 2014 competition from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the UK travelled to Brazil in September to experience one of the most colourful cultures in the world on the “creative adventure of a lifetime”, according to a statement.
The 2014 competition was organised by the Crossway Foundation in partnership with Art Jameel and Qatar Museums.
The organisers had earlier announced that the three winners from Qatar are Maryam al-Essa, Emelina Soares and Ayaz Rauf.
In Brazil, the winning team explored the country’s vibrant landscape and creative scene by collaborating with local arts and social organisations in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Ouro Preto, Inhotim, Belo Horizonte, Serra do Cipó, Cachoeira and Salvador.
The team began their journey in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro where they worked with Gui Mohallem, a Brazilian artist of Lebanese origin, to learn about the basic principles of photography without a camera and with Brazilian art collective, Ambientes Infláveis, exploring the use of inflatable structures in an urban environment.
After Rio de Janeiro, the team travelled to Ouro Preto, a former colonial mining town and a Unesco World Heritage Site because of its outstanding baroque architecture. Then, they spent two days exploring Inhotim, a contemporary art wonderland set amid 5,000 acres of botanical gardens.
The team travelled to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil’s first colonial capital, where they visited the Candeal community and took part in a percussion workshop at the Pracatum Music School, explored Salvador’s historic centre, Pelourinho, and went to the riverside town of Cachoeira to learn the basics of capoeira, a Brazilian martial art.
For the final part of the journey, the team returned to São Paulo where they reviewed their two weeks in Brazil and how their creative process had changed. Over the course of two days, the whole team discussed what they had learnt and each winner was asked to present a creative project they had been working on throughout the trip.
The trip resulted in some 7,500 photographs documenting the locations and activities as well as eight short film clips that were released in “real time” during the journey to Brazil.
Further, the statement has announced the forthcoming release of a five-minute film outlining the entire trip. An exhibition of the artwork produced as a result of the trip is also planned in the Gulf.