“I am in a village, where art is as foreign a concept as UFOs and I gathered inspiration from a local travel insurance advert where a guy was driving a van around illegally spray painting and got into an accident. Suddenly lights went off in my mind and I could visualise Marias plates hanging from inside the van walls and local villagers bidding to buy them. It was godsend I tell you!
We throw money together and buy a van/steal one/rent one/the details are irrelevant,
And transform it into…
A mobile gallery.
We paint it up-dioumen tou apopsi- gather a few local artists who want to contribute work, a few musicians who want to busk and once a month we drive to a different area of cyprus, open up the van doors where inside you have a small gallery space and set up exhibitions in the streets around the van and get some people to play some music, get the townsfolk involved jump back into a van, have a few weeks or a week off and go again.
I have beautiful ideas for van decor!”
-part of the email that my flatmate sent to a couple of friends, june 201o.
“Free to Roam: mobile arts van is streets ahead
Laura Barton steps inside Roam – an old mobile library that has been transformed into an arts and culture space that brings music, literature and ideas to anyone who’ll come on board”
*do ho suh interviewd by justin mcguirk for icon 065, nov 2008.