Our local community is an essential part of CAMPO. Nourishing us with their unique perspective, culture and traditions, the people of Garzon give our programs, artists and visitors a taste of authentic pueblo life. From a workshop by a CAMPO AIR artist to a collaboration for a CAMPO Artfest installation, CAMPO also works to inject inspiration and creativity back into the pueblo and surrounding region, expanding viewpoints and sharing cultures from around the globe.
In 2022, we officially launched CAMPO Community Committee, a way to interact in an active way with the residents of Garzón, get involved and generate an enriching exchange.
Since 2018, our community-focused programs have achieved significant milestones. In collaboration with our international artists-in-residence, we have provided more than 15 workshops in various thematic areas, such as photography, film, literature, painting, theater, gardening and land art, benefiting over 60 children in nearby rural schools. Our programs have cultivated a profound appreciation for the land and sustainability; these achievements are a testament of the transformative power of the arts and our dedication to making this power accessible to everyone.
“The school children, with their spontaneity, remind us of the importance of appreciating the simple things in life and cherishing moments of genuine happiness. They encourage us to keep our imagination alive as a constant source of inspiration.” — María Agustina Fernández Raggio
Garzon en Focus:
A year-long collaboration with the local rural school
Garzón en Focus is a year-long program that brings art and an outside perspective to the Garzon rural school. Sparking wonder and curiosity, the program inspires children to see the world with fresh eyes and explore different forms of artistic expression, while working towards a final installation for CAMPO Artfest in December.
CAMPO invites one local or international artist each year to investigate CAMPO’s annual theme with the kids through a variety of creative languages. In 2023, Montevideo-based artist María Agustina Fernández Raggio kicks off the program. She visits rural school Nº 16 once a month to teach visual arts and production techniques to 10 children between the ages of nine and 12 inspired by this year’s theme, RADICAL NATURE: The Roots of Land + Water.
In 2023, CAMPO launched Garzon en Focus with Montevideo-based artist María Agustina Fernández Raggio, who visits rural school Nº 16 once a month to teach visual arts and production techniques to 10 children between the ages of nine and 12 inspired by this year’s theme, RADICAL NATURE: The Roots of Land + Water.
Argentine-born María Agustina Fernández Raggio is a multidisciplinary artist based in Uruguay. Her work reflects on the sociability of culture and the symbolic rites that traverse communities. She studied at the Pedro Figari School in Montevideo; at the Instituto Universitario Nacional de Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes in Montevideo, Uruguay.
She has been an artist-in-residence at the Grand Union Gallery, Birmingham, England and a promoter of the project Residencias en Movimiento with destination Antarctica. The results of the latter, were exhibited at the Cultural Center of Spain, Montevideo; Sofia University, Bulgaria; Museo del Agua, Buenos Aires; and Museo de las Migraciones, Montevideo. For the III Biennial of Montevideo held at the Palacio Legislativo, she participated with her work Cinco Retratos Digitales. She has been awarded with the 56th Gran Premio Nacional de Artes Visuales José Gamarra and the First Prize of the 58th Linda Cohen National Salon of Visual Arts.