NEARCH/ Art & Archaeology in Limburg: Giuseppe Licari



The Van Eyck invited in collaboration with the Province of Limburg artists who have a strong interest in applying archaeology as a method in their own work to apply for a work period at the Van Eyck. Out of 60 applicants, Giuseppe Licari was selected for a one-year research residency at the Van Eyck.

This residency is made possible by the support of the Heritage department of the Province of Limburg. Licari starts in April and will engage with the rich cultural heritage of the Limburg region as well as with the activities of the European project NEARCH - New Approaches to Archaeology of which this research residency is part of.

Like NEARCH, the Government of the Dutch Province of Limburg is occupied with the question of how the contemporary relevance of that heritage can be furthered by new applications, new styles of presentation and new experience options. The artist will take his or her own artistic practice and research, combined with discussions with the heritage institutes and stakeholders of Limburg, the Netherlands and the world at large, as a basis for developing proposals, concepts and/or new work. The outcome will be presented at EAA 2017, the annual meeting of the EEA, the European Association of Archaeologists, which is taking place in Maastricht in 2017. This presentation will form part of a wider exhibition on art and archaeology, The Materiality of the Invisible, in the Van Eyck, Marres and Bureau Europa in Maastricht.

The Van Eyck is a partner in the EU NEARCH project, which entails a long-term collaboration with Europe's leading archaeological institutes and faculties. NEARCH receives EU funding and spans a period from 2013 to 2018. The fields of archaeology and art diverge in significant respects but we can also observe many parallels between them. Not only do artists and archaeologists share a passion for probing what lies beneath the surface, but they endeavour to reveal things that were formerly disregarded yet which have the potential to change our views of the past, present and future.

European partners NEARCH: Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives (FR), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR), Institute of Heritage Sciences (Incipit), Spanish National Research Council (ES), Institute of artistic, cultural and natural heritage of the Emilia -Romagna region (IT); Culture Lab (BE) Faculty Archaeology at the University of Leiden (NL) Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (PL), Archaeology Data Service, University of York (UK), German Archaeological Institute (DE), Jan van Eyck Academie (NL), CENTQUATRE - Paris (FR), University of Oxford (UK), University of Gothenburg (SE).
Associated Partners: Archaeology Unit of the city of Saint-Denis (FR), EAA - European Association of Archaeologists (CZ), ICAHM - International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (FR).


The Materiality of the Invisible is one of several themes touched on by NEARCH. It forms the starting point for research into what it is that connects and distinguishes the work of artists and archaeologists. It presents an opportunity to learn about the respective professions, as well as to exchange knowledge and to debate their fundamental assumptions, in a period of rapid change and shifting cultural positions.


Giuseppe Licari (b.1980, IT) is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Rotterdam. In his practice Licari explores the socio-economical, cultural and political processes that intervene in, and alter the form of contemporary landscapes. He focuses on the cross-border of the natural world and the built environment, exploring the territories emerging from their encounters with installations, performances, workshops, public art, audio-video recordings and publications.


Image: from the series The Promised Land, Giuseppe Licari, 2016


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