Enrique Roura was a resident of the NART Embassy in Venice of Narva. Enrique is from Mexico, he got his education as an architect from UNAM (MX) and an MFA from the Art Academy in Trondheim. He is based in Oslo since 2019. He collaborates with established artists and major institutions like the new Munch museum. His work explores in depth the intertwined relationship between art and architecture.
Enrique’s project at the Venice Embassy is about bringing people together by building an outdoor oven and baking bread. His residency at Kulgu lasted for 5 weeks. “The journey of building this oven has been long and exhausting, I had to use my body to its limits. At some times I have felt lost and drowned by my own ambitions, but the hospitality and generosity of the local people, that have seen me working has lifted up my spirit, like a juicy piece of watermelon, a cold beer, or a hot sauna after a hard day of work, has helped me enormously to continue working” said Enrique. He added that local people were always sincerely interested in the progress of the process, borrowed tools for work and simply supported the artists. On the 20th of august, there was a community day at the Venice Embassy and Enrique was able to test the oven in action and make real bread – 19 loaves of it. Check the photo gallery on Facebook on this link.