TVE 4 Artist Talk & Closing Event

Closing Event – Transoceanic Visual Exchange 2021
Date: February 2nd, 2022
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM (CST) / 6:00 – 7:30 PM (AST)

Via Zoom
​​Meeting ID: 885 8020 0966
Passcode: 323839

Moderator: Russell Watson (Barbados, works as an interdisciplinary visual artist, multimedia educator and media professional)

Participating Artists: Kayla Archer (Barbados), Marilyn Boror Bor (Guatemala), Milko Delgado (Panamá), David Gumbs (St. Martin/Martinique), Natalia Lassalle-Morillo (Puerto Rico), Patricia Villalobos (Nicaragua).

The fourth edition of Transoceanic Visual Exchange (TVE) held between November 2021 and February 2022 is a collaboration between The Fresh Milk Art Platform (Barbados) and TEOR/ética (Costa Rica). For this edition of TVE, a selection of recent video artworks produced both in the Central American region and in the insular Caribbean region were brought together through an open call and community-led curatorial model, and presented to the public through a virtual exhibition.

For the closing event of TVE 4, we invite some of the artists participating in this virtual exhibition from across both regions to be in conversation with one another, with the aim of putting their works in dialogue and deepening the understanding of themes and relationships that connect recent audiovisual practices of contemporary artists from Central America and the Caribbean.

Join the Zoom webinar here!

The event will be moderated in English, and will have simultaneous translation into Spanish via Zoom.

Visit the virtual exhibition here, extended until February 2nd!

Fresh Milk/Healing Arts Initiative: Call for Artworks #1

The Fresh Milk Art Platform, Future Centre Trust, Environ Ltd (Adopt A Stop Barbados) and The Healing Arts Initiative in partnership with CULTURUNNERS as part of the World Health Organization are pleased to welcome proposals by Barbadian-based contemporary artists for the design of new works to be incorporated into one rain shelter and two benches for installation on the Barbados Trailway Project.

IMPORTANT DATES for PHASE 1:

Open Call Announcement: January 25th, 2022
Submission of Proposal Deadline: March 19th, 2022
Jury Review of Proposals: March 22nd – April 2nd, 2022
Artists Informed: April 6th, 2022
Public announcement of results: April 12th, 2022
Production of new works: April 12th – May 28th, 2022
Submission of completed works: May 28th, 2022
Production and installation of works: May 31st – June 25th, 2022


ABOUT THE PROJECT:

This project recognises the role of the arts sector in addressing the growing mental health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, followed and further impacted by the La Soufriere volcanic eruption and Category 1 Hurricane Elsa.

The pandemic and occurrence of natural disasters have reminded us of the value of green spaces and the natural environment to enhance our physical, mental and spiritual wellness. It is well known that people, and children in particular, recover better and flourish in the outdoors. While Barbados is blessed with many beaches where locals can recreate, there isn’t enough variety of safe outdoor recreational activities promoting active mobility for young people and families.

The Future Centre Trust has been working for some time to repurpose the historic train line located in the south-central part of the island in the St. George Valley.

With the support of the Healing Arts Initiative, Fresh Milk is pleased to be collaborating with the Future Centre Trust and Environ Ltd (Adopt A Stop Barbados) to work with local artists and to strategically install these artistic interventions on the trailway as a linear outdoor exhibition opportunity, giving artists a chance to contribute to this dynamic and highly anticipated public project.


Healing Arts launched in 2020 under the auspices of the World Health organization as part of The Future is Unwritten, a global initiative calling for urgent cooperation between the Arts Sector and United Nations Agencies in order to amplify and accelerate implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the most ambitious and comprehensive global development plan in human history. With leading UN Agencies describing the recent pandemic as nature’s first ‘warning shot’ to civilizations playing with fire, global cultural action that contributes to the envisioning and shaping of a more resilient, healthy and sustainable future is now more urgent than ever.

Established as part of the United Nations’ 75th Anniversary Programme (UN75) and Decade of Action, Healing Arts 2020-2030 is produced in 2022 by CULTURUNNERS and Arts & Health @ NYU under the secretariat of the World Health Organization’s Arts and Health Program.


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

●  Must be work from artists living and working in Barbados;
●  Must be new work produced for this commission;
●  Rain shelter signs dimensions will be 4’ x 6’, landscape orientation with a ¾” bleed;
●  Bench sign dimensions will be 21” x 72,” landscape orientation with a ¾” bleed;
●  Artists can apply for both projects but may only be awarded one commission.


How to Apply:

●  Application forms must be submitted through the Google forms portal here;
●  Proposals must be formatted and uploaded to the form as ONE PDF including:

A description of the proposed work specifically responding to the call (500 words max);
2-3 concept sketches/work samples (embedded in the PDF);
A bio (200 words max);
A portfolio of 5 previous works (fully captioned).

●  Submissions should be titled as follows:
Surname_First Name_Healing_Shelter OR
Surname_First Name_Healing_Bench

Submissions that do not conform to this requirement will not be reviewed. Each separate project proposal must be submitted as a new application form.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL!

If selected, final artworks must be submitted as files via WeTransfer, following the below guidelines:


SELECTION PROCESS:

The selection process will be led by Fresh Milk in collaboration with representatives from the three partner entities who will contribute to the review and selection process through a roundtable conversation to select works which align with the project overviews and the mission of the Healing Arts Initiative stated above. A total of three artists will be selected from this open call (one artist for the rain shelter, and two artists for the benches).


WHAT THE PROJECT OFFERS:

●  The selected artist for the shelter will receive an artist fee of $2,000.00 USD;
●  The two selected artists for the benches will each receive an artist fee of $1,000.00 USD;
●  Artists’ work will be showcased and promoted on all partner’s websites;
●  Artists’ work will be permanently installed on the Trailway and become property of the Trailway project;
●  The artists’ profile will be permanently housed on the Fresh Milk and partner websites, and their work will be widely promoted throughout Fresh Milk and partner’s networks.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: MARCH 19TH 2022


About the Partners:

CULTURUNNERS produces cross-cultural campaigns, exhibitions and journeys, promoting peace-building & sustainable development through art. Launching at MIT in 2014, CULTURUNNERS’ first project was a multi-year artists’ road-trip broadcasting between the United States and the Middle East. It has since grown to encompass large-scale cultural exchange and diplomacy projects, an artist-led media platform, artists’ spaces and partnerships with institutions around the world.


Fresh Milk is an artist-led, non-profit organisation founded in 2011 and based in Barbados. It is a platform which supports excellence in the visual arts through residencies and programmes that provide Caribbean artists with opportunities for development, fostering a thriving art community.

Fresh Milk offers professional support to artists from the Caribbean and further afield and seeks to stimulate critical thinking in contemporary visual art. Its goal is to nurture artists, raise regional awareness about contemporary arts and provide Caribbean artists with opportunities for growth, excellence and success.


The Future Centre Trust is a non-governmental organisation focused on raising awareness of environmental impacts to Barbados and the planet with a vision to be “a catalyst for sustainable living today and tomorrow”.  It is the main executing entity for the Barbados Trailway Project – a paved bicycle and pedestrian path located primarily on right-of-way lands of the former Barbados Railway.

This network of multi-purpose walking, hiking, running and cycling trails will provide year round recreational access for both locals and visitors, considerably expanding much needed public green space on the island.


For the past 25 years, Adopt A Stop has provided regional and international companies with a unique opportunity to display their products and services on bus shelters and benches in Barbados. The concept for Adopt A Stop was created by Barbadian Barney Gibbs while studying at Cambridge University. The project was then introduced to the island in 1993 as a socially-conscious way to provide a much-needed amenity. The priority was tropical designs constructed with local materials, placed at prime locations to give maximum impact.

The traveling public has embraced the project. The medium provides popular seating and shade for users; while increasing traffic rates mean drivers and passengers are frequently stopped in front of sponsor’s signage.

Transoceanic Visual Exchange 4 Online Exhibition

Fresh Milk (Barbados), in partnership with TEOR/ética (Costa Rica), is proud to present the 2021 edition of Transoceanic Visual Exchange (TVE), an online exhibition showcasing video art, film and new media from across the Caribbean and Central America.

View the full online exhibition on the TVE website here! Show runs until the end of January, 2022.

Excerpt from the TVE 4 Curatorial Essay:

Transoceanic Visual Exchange (TVE) aims to decentralize curatorial authority in the process of the video selection by implementing a community of curatorial practice model. This curatorial framework, originally developed in 2015 for TVE 1, is derived from the concept of “communities of practice,” developed by Lave and Wenger in their 1991 book Situated Learning. The concept speaks to a social theory of learning through “a set of relations among persons, activity, and world, over time, and in relation with other tangential and overlapping communities of practice” (Leave and Wenger, 1991, p. 98). This model invites open discussions with contemporary practitioners regarding the current environment of film, experimental video and new media in the participating regions, allowing for curatorial concepts to arise out of the conversations, rather than the core project team imposing a particular curatorial framework for each iteration.

Curatorial Themes for TVE 4

As a result of these themes arising in the open conversations, the submissions of works from the open call were reviewed by the core partners in relation to their relevance regarding the curatorial concepts. The number of artists and works selected was limited to 10 in each region, dictated by the funding availability for artist stipends.

The core partners TEOR/éTica and Fresh Milk threaded the final selection of the ten works of video art produced in the Central American region with the ten selected works from the Caribbean region. Skirting the vastness of a body of water that separates us but nevertheless connects us, as if they were living currents,the following thematic axes were defined:

Group 1 (Performance, alternate perspectives & relationships to the environment)

  • Linero Ledezma, MORREM (Panama)

  • Raquel Paiewonsky, Isopolis (Dominican Republic)

  • Ada M. Patterson, The Whole World Is Turning (Barbados)

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Group 2 (Concepts of culture explored through non-linear narratives and gestures)

  • Clémence Lollia Hilaire, The Silt has risen from the ocean floor and overturned everything (Guadeloupe)

  • Leonardo Armando Gonzalez, El oro del tonto (Honduras)

  • Violeta Mora Acosta, Mpaka (Honduras/Costa Rica/Cuba-based)

  • David Gumbs, Rhapsodie Martinique: La Marche de la Liberté (St. Martin/Martinique)

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Group 3 (Resilience and responses to the pandemic across the regions)

  • Miquel Galofre, Little Moko (Trinidad & Tobago)

  • Momo Magallon, Caída Libre (Panamá)

  • Ever Natán Rodas Santos, Compulsión (Guatemala)

  • Kayla Archer, Playing it by Ear (Barbados)

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Group 4 (Interpretations of collective and personal histories)

  • Milko W. Delgado, Apuntes conceptuales sobre el extractivismo bananero en Barú (Panamá)

  • Javier Calvo Sandí, Historia Universal (Costa Rica)

  • Melanie Grant, Those who have eyes to see (SVG/Barbados)

  • Natalia Lassalle-Morillo, Retiro (Puerto Rico)

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Group 5 (The impact of colonial legacies and social unrest)

  • Marilyn Boror Bor, Receta: ¿Cómo blanquear tus apellidos? de la serie Edicto Cambio de Nombre (Guatemala)

  • Claudia Claremi, Amnesia colonial (avenencia) (Cuba)

  • Patricia Villalobos Echeverría, LATITUD 12<>LONGITUD-86, Version 2 (Nicaragua)

  • Miguel Angel Diaz Rizo, Nicaraguan Fighter (Nicaragua)

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Read the full essay on the TVE website here!

 


ABOUT THE PARTNERS:

Fresh Milk

Fresh Milk is an artist-led, non-profit organisation founded in 2011 and based in Barbados. It is a platform which supports excellence in the visual arts through residencies and programmes that provide Caribbean artists with opportunities for development, fostering a thriving art community.

Fresh Milk offers professional support to artists from the Caribbean and further afield and seeks to stimulate critical thinking in contemporary visual art. Its goal is to nurture artists, raise regional awareness about contemporary arts and provide Caribbean artists with opportunities for growth, excellence and success.


TEOR/ética

Located in San José, Costa Rica, TEOR/éTica is a private, independent, non-profit, dedicated to the research and promotion of contemporary artistic practices.

Throughout more than two decades, TEOR/éTica has worked as a platform that promotes the research and dissemination of contemporary art, with an emphasis on Central America and the Caribbean. It aims to create spaces for doubt, debate and the generation of critical thought relevant to its context. It does this through exhibitions, publications, talks, workshops, grants, an archive and a specialized library, understanding art as a common space from where to generate study and find other ways of being together that build collective learning.

Launch of TVE 4 2021!

Fresh Milk (Barbados), in partnership with TEOR/ética (Costa Rica), is pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 edition of Transoceanic Visual Exchange (TVE), an online exhibition showcasing video art, film and new media from across the Caribbean and Central America.

Important Dates:

Opening Reception & Launch of the Online Exhibition: November 24th  2021 at 6pm AST / 5pm EST / 4pm Costa Rica – Live streamed on the TEOR/ética YouTube Channel

Exhibition Dates: November 24th  2021 – January 30th 2022

ABOUT TVE 4:

TVE is a collection of recent films and videos from artists practicing in the Caribbean and Central America. It aims to negotiate the in-between space of our cultural communities outside of traditional geo-political zones of encounter and trade, intending to build relations and open up greater pathways of visibility, discourse and knowledge production between the regional art spaces and their communities.

With the ongoing pandemic and the Central American and Caribbean regions continually needing to navigate with resilience through climate, economic and citizenship challenges, TVE 4 provides a beacon of optimistic possibilities. These artists, divided geographically but interconnected by similar negotiations of space and identity, engage in conversation with each other in the digital realm of the TVE virtual exhibition, and the invitation to participate in these ever-morphing organisms of discussions is extended to all of those who visit our site.

Participating Artists:

Kayla Archer (Barbados), Marilyn Boror Bor (Guatemala), Javier Calvo Sandí (Costa Rica), Claudia Claremi (Cuba), Milko W. Delgado (Panama), Miguel Angel Diaz Rizo (Nicaragua), Miquel Galofre (Trinidad & Tobago), Leonardo Gonzalez (Honduras), Melanie Grant (St. Vincent & the Grenadines/Barbados), David Gumbs (St. Martin/Martinique), Clémence Lollia Hilaire (Guadeloupe), Natalia Lassalle-Morillo (Puerto Rico), Linero Ledezma (Panama), Momo Magallon (Panama), Violeta Mora Acosta (Honduras/Costa Rica/Cuba-based), Raquel Paiewonsky (Dominican Republic), Ada M. Patterson (Barbados), Ever Natán Rodas Santos (Guatemala), Patricia Villalobos Echeverría (Nicaragua)


ABOUT THE PARTNERS:

Fresh Milk

Fresh Milk is an artist-led, non-profit organisation founded in 2011 and based in Barbados. It is a platform which supports excellence in the visual arts through residencies and programmes that provide Caribbean artists with opportunities for development, fostering a thriving art community.

Fresh Milk offers professional support to artists from the Caribbean and further afield and seeks to stimulate critical thinking in contemporary visual art. Its goal is to nurture artists, raise regional awareness about contemporary arts and provide Caribbean artists with opportunities for growth, excellence and success.


TEOR/ética

Located in San José, Costa Rica, TEOR/éTica is a private, independent, non-profit, dedicated to the research and promotion of contemporary artistic practices.

Throughout more than two decades, TEOR/éTica has worked as a platform that promotes the research and dissemination of contemporary art, with an emphasis on Central America and the Caribbean. It aims to create spaces for doubt, debate and the generation of critical thought relevant to its context. It does this through exhibitions, publications, talks, workshops, grants, an archive and a specialized library, understanding art as a common space from where to generate study and find other ways of being together that build collective learning.

Caribbean Linked VI 2021 – Closing Event at Ateliers ’89

On Wednesday September 1st, between 4 – 5 pm (AST), there will be a closing event for the virtual edition of Caribbean Linked VI, taking place at Ateliers ’89, Aruba, and broadcasted live by TELE ARUBA!

Click here to access the livestream on TELE ARUBA, Channel 23

The event will also highlight the exhibition P A N, God’s Artist (In Times of Covid), with many of the participating artists (including Caribbean Linked VI residents & Caribbean Linked alumni) present to discuss their work in the show.

About P A N:

P A N, God’s artists (In Times of Covid) or Pan the bread that hasn’t been given to the artists during the hard times of the Covid period. A presentation of expressions by artists on the Island’s Covid management during the pandemic. An open criticism reflects the hard times of God’s artists in times of Covid. 

Watch a Youtube video showcasing the exhibition here

Do not miss the unique opportunity to attend the two events – whether online or on the ground in Aruba – and interact with local Aruban artists!

Caribbean Linked is a regional residency co-managed by  Ateliers ’89 (Aruba), The Fresh Milk Art Platform (Barbados) and ARC Magazine. Huge thanks to the event sponsors, The Government of Aruba, TPEF, TELE ARUBA, Mondriaan Fonds, UNOCA, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Bank Giro Loterij, VNO, Cine Aruba, SETAR, Rotaract
Aruba, Garage Centraal and Vibartion PR.