After five years of collaborations, heartfelt connections, and shared artistic journeys, it is with a mix of emotions that I share the news of the conclusion of Montemero Art Residency.
As many of you are already aware, our region, particularly Almeria area, has been gripped by an extreme drought. Since April 2023, the water crisis has intensified, with local authorities implementing strict water rationing measures during the summer. Pulpi, like many areas in Almería, relies heavily on water transported from the Bajo Almanzora aquifer, which has been severely depleted due to prolonged periods of low rainfall and increasing agricultural demands.
Despite our efforts to adapt, including the installation of tanks and pumps to ensure a steady water supply within our premises, the looming uncertainty of the approaching dry season has prompted profound reflection on the essence and values of our residency.
In the face of these challenges, I find it increasingly difficult to reconcile the continuation of the residency with its founding principles. While the option to transport water to our facilities via tanks presents a temporary solution, it ultimately perpetuates the degradation and pollution of our land and beyond. Various factors have contributed to this decision, including environmental concerns and the need for alignment with our values. After thorough and extensive consideration, it has become apparent that certain limitations hinder our ability to fully realize the residency sustainably, ethically, and with artistic integrity - resulting in its closure. 
Movingforward, Montemero Collective will remain at the finca to continue their environmental projects independently. Being at the forefront of drought, they will continue addressing the water issue with projects that mitigate these challenges. It's important to clarify that Montemero Art Residency has come to a close, and there are no plans for further collaborations, extensions, or affiliated programs. While we appreciate the memories and experiences shared at Montemero, it's necessary to emphasize that any future initiatives or projects at the premises will be entirely separate and not endorsed by Montemero Art Residency or supported curatorially.
We extend our heartfelt thanks to every artist, volunteer, and contributor who has been a part of the Montemero Art Residency journey. Your creativity, dedication, and support have made this experience truly remarkable. 
Curator Zeren Oruc
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