Ses Dotze Naus Foundation’s first project Figueretes was a roaring success

Ses Dotze Naus Foundation’s first project Figueretes was a roaring success


Ibiza, apart from its undeniable tourist and musical appeal is also known for its contemporary art. A clear example is Ses Dotze Naus Foundation, an initiative created by the Ibizan Angeles Ferragut, who looks to promote contemporary creativity on the island through artistic residencies and public art by championing new work and research lines, stimulating new narratives and pushing critical thinking through groundbreaking creations.

Throughout the year, the Foundation via artistic residencies and interventions in the public space in several locations on the island has embraced and supported artists and thinkers at different stages of their careers, offering them time, space and resources to research, exchange ideas and develop projects that activate unexplored directions on the island.

Figueretes is the first artistic residency by Ses Dotze Naus Foundation that took place during eight weeks with the collaboration of nine contemporary artists who travelled to Ibiza to produce and exhibit their new work on dialogue with the island, its territory and its community. The group of residents of this first Figueretes edition comprises multiple disciplines and origins, including several artists under 35.

Keiken, an artist collective based in London and Berlin, who are currently building in the Metaverse and have recently received the prestigious Chanel Next Prize; the Polish choreographer Alex BacynskiJenkins, winner of the Frieze Artist Award in 2018; the Danish artist Katrine Skovvsgaard who blends sounds and textures and won the HIGH Price for Creative Excellence in 2021; the French artist and performer Ndayé Kouagou, whose projects always depart from his own text and often incorporate sculpture; and the London based Italian artist and designer Raissa Pardini who usually works in the music and culture sectors and holds a permanent collection at the V&A museum were some of the international names of this residency.

The Spanish representation included the visual artist Jorge Isla, born in Huesca and based in Madrid, who uses photography and audiovisual methods and has exhibited in the Cibeles Centre and the 15th Photography Biennale of Cordoba; and Andres Izquierdo, artist and designer based in Madrid and whose works take shape in sculptures, functional objects, architecture, scenography, and immersive installations.

The residents cohabitated in the same block of apartments in Figueretes beach, which also featured a shared studio on the ground floor especially fitted as a workshop and meeting point and where the artists, curators, gallerist, museum directors and other professionals in the art and culture sectors gathered.

The artist developed their projects in Can Bufi, an old carpentry’s workshop converted into a space to create contemporary art and to exhibit the works created during their residency. The collective exhibition Manifest of Presence was launched on April 13th, made up by all the works created by the artists during their residency on the island and that included installations, sculptures, virtual reality, performances and designer pieces.