Isabel Andreu Roglá

Art and design student



Master in Documentary Film, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, from January to June 2004.
Costume design and Humanities at Escuela Superior de Diseno de Sabadell.


Unidee Projects

Isabel found out that though there are very many abandoned buildings in Biella there are no real meeting places or culture centres in Biella. Therefore Isabel has together with a group of women called "Donne in Viaggio" organised a series of knitting meetings in public places. The purpose of these meetings is to create an opportunity for people to get together in an informal way and exchange experiences. Her project was inspired by an artist group in London called Cast - off, that a few years ago started meeting in different places in the city to knit together. Their idea is that knitting alone can be quite boring, but doing it together with other people makes it more fun and a good reason to meet people you didn't know from before.
She has collaborated with Alejandro Vàsquez Salinas on a project involving the train station in Biella. It's a film documentary project that aims at exploring the passengers' thoughts and ideas about waiting. In Spanish the words "wait for" and "hope for" are expressed by one word: esperar. Isabel and Alejandro have interviewed people waiting at the station, taped the conversations and photographed the interviewees. They would also like to convert the anonymous waiting room into a cosy living room by changing the furniture and hanging the portraits of the interviewed people on the walls. Through this installation people will have a chance to know more about others' personal notions of waiting and hoping.
Isabel is also working with Will Kwan and the youth community "Casa Blanca" in Zimone, outside Biella, to involve the young boys, of whom many are foreigners, in the conversion of the old prison in Piazzo, Biella, into a youth hostel.


Creating spaces and opportunities for people to meet runs like a red thread through Isabel's work at Cittadellarte. She sees the empty and abandoned buildings as a metaphor for the absence of relationships among the different ethnic communities in our society. As for the project at "Casablanca", it actually was born out of a coincidence. Isabel and Will had discussed the possibilties of using the old forties film Casablanca as a lens through which they could approach questions about immigration. Casablanca is presented in the film as a place you only pass through, a state of transition between the past and the future, similar to the boys' situation in the community.




This has been the first time Isabel has taken on large-scale projects in close contact with society and she has got experiences of dealing with local authorities and institutions. The residency has on the whole been very interesting and intense and she has got insight in different ways of working, which will be very useful in the future.



You can find out more about Isabel's recent projects and future plans on manydee