Caribbean Linked II – Opening Exhibition

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On Thursday, September 5th, 2013 from 8pm, the Ateliers ’89 in Orajanestad, Aruba welcomes the Aruban public to the Caribbean Linked II Opening Exhibition featuring new works by: Shirley Rufin (Martinique) | Veronica Dorsett (The Bahamas) | Sofia Maldonado (Puerto Rico/Cuba) | Mark King (Barbados) | Rodell Warner (Trinidad & Tobago) | Dhiradj Ramsamoedj (Suriname) | Omar Kuwas (Curacao) | Germille Geerman ( Aruba) | Robin de Vogel (Aruba) and Kevin Schuit (Aruba).

There will be an opening performance by Gang di Arte and this event is held in collaboration with ARC Magazine, The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc, The Instituto Buena Bista, Studio O, Caribbean TV and San Nicolass TV.

The exhibition Halls are located at the Aterliers ’89 Foundation, Dominicanessenstr. 34, Oranjestad, Aruba. For more information call 565 4613.

Major sponsor of this event is the Mondriaan Foundation.

RSVP to attend here: http://on.fb.me/17CQHIH 

Caribbean Linked II Artist Blogs: Rodell Warner

Trinidadian artist Rodell Warner shares his experience with the Caribbean Linked II residency programme at Ateliers ’89, Aruba. Warner has taken this opportunity of being in a new environment, surrounded by new people who have inspired him in ways he could not have foreseen, to explore the unknown and the element of surprise in his work. To convey this, he has shared all of his tweets from the last week, describing Twitter as a ‘Thought Bank’, an honest account of people’s up-to-the minute thoughts about what strikes them that day.

All images courtesy of the artist.

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Recently what I’m most interested in is the unknown – all the things I don’t see when I’m looking; the source of pure surprise, forever keeping things interesting. Recently I’m convinced that everything is perfect, and that even what seems imperfect is actually perfectly imperfect, allowing all the contrast and variation I never know I really want; reminding me that, surprisingly, I haven’t actually seen it all.

Recently I’ve been trying to keep this in mind, that there’s always everything I don’t know, and to leave room for realizing it; taking coincidences, accidents, misunderstandings as hints to other ways to view things or doors to possible surprise. During the last week at the Caribbean Linked II residency in Aruba, this practice has been happening in a completely new environment with some beautiful new people, while making work I want to know is not separate from all of it.

Recently I’ve been using twitter a lot. Twitter is a straight up Thought Bank and lots of peoples’ precious savings are dropped into accounts that everyone has access to. It’s a beautiful thing. Most of what I save is the thoughts I’m surprised I’m having, which are usually the product of flirting with some coincidence, some mistake, some difficult question. This is my favorite record. An hour ago some odd thought I was surprised to be having suggested that all my tweets from the last week are actually the coolest summary of my time here so far, and I agree. So while sharing some images with you of the process of the experiment I’ve been working on over the last week, please enjoy also these thoughts that happened during the same time, starting with the most recent.

Also, thanks to Dhiradj and Mark for helping with test shooting last night. Both were kind enough to pose and play. Dhiradj appears in the colourful image below.

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02SEP

• eyeline / horizon
• nowever
• unofficially legit
• all process
• say the right thing by accident
• as you die your life flashes before your eyes but from everyone else’s perspective – everything you never saw
• the only reason i’m a mirror is you

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01SEP

• when u catch the fish and they’re out of the water it’s the sun they’re going crazy over
• crazy-strong
• u mean im in the world right now?
• i like the idea of sleep
• god is my twin sister

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31AUG

• superpower nap
• triangle sun
• sleep naked, u deserve it
• referred to myself as ‘my love’ in my head while brushing my teeth. excellent example of the kind of improvement we like to see around here.

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30AUG

• eyes kissing
• aerosol cigarette
• more forever
• how many things are taking care of you?
• a broom is a walking stick and many others
• gravity motor
• you’re probably more used to my voice than i am
• being cool is awesome
• trust me and i am trustworthy
• accepted thousand-year deep space exploration residency; thought i was tired of earth/ppl but turns out no i like. not a lot of art art here
• u ride this wind like a warship. is that what a hurricane is? there’s a spot in my chest with a small breeze, put your ear and be very quiet
• spent all my money feelin bad with u. feelin bad doesnt feel good for long enough to pay that much for. touch my face instead or laugh at me
• feeling killed
• r u expensive
• betray me, internet
• grow me up easy
• human question
• how to show you a truth again this truth; how to keep it myself
• love or love
• “synchronised  twitching”
• kiss and die! kiss and die!!

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29AUG

• oracle for company
• “share your breath”
• eyelid/horizon

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• want to RT your bio
• before making art from it asking is it already art
• with the right amount of energy i could love you forever
• remembering to breathe slow when suddenly alarmed and raking the orgasm of that. hair wet and is a world i dont know. listening to sun sound
• im amazing at your straight abilities in this trilly-nilly sunset

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27AUG

• if you’re almost drowning in the toilet water I will save you
• what’s not an illusion?
• thank it
• only unconditionally
• numbers didn’t always have names
• ever discover a truer laugh
• use it to recognise it
• only take it cus it’s for you

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26AUG

• working together in the mirror
• cameras are mirrors and still water does that. in the past people will make selfies at serene ponds and post them to their fondest memories.
• i’m probably not chilling out unwittingly intentionally
• i think my heart feels it belongs to everything in this room and is beating accordingly to pump blood to all of it
• givup thenkng
• often fabourite parts ar when i giv up thnkng
• the plural of still life is still lifes
• die right into it, die in

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 25AUG
• bless up allyuh self

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About Rodell Warner:

Rodell Warner is a multi-disciplinary artist from Trinidad whose most recent works use interactive animated GIF installations to explore ideas of Oneness.

Two of Rodell’s experimental photo projects have been published in ‘Pictures from Paradise – A Survey of Contemporary Caribbean Photography’ (Robert & Christopher, 2012) and his work has been shown in really fun exhibitions in Johannesburg, New York, Port of Spain, Bridgetown, Toronto, Kingston and London.

Rodell is a 2011 recipient of the Commonwealth Foundation’s Commonwealth Connections Residency and often updates.

CARIBBEAN LINKED II is a residency programme and exhibition organized by Ateliers ’89 Foundation in collaboration with ARC Inc. and The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. and funded by the Mondriaan Foundation. The programme takes place from August 25th through September 6th, 2013 in Oranjestad, Aruba.

Caribbean Linked II Artist Blogs – Dhiradj Ramsamoedj

Surinamese artist Dhiradj Ramsamoedj shares his experience with the Caribbean Linked II residency programme at Ateliers ’89, Aruba. He gives us insight into his thought process since arriving and tells us about The Flexible Man Project, which explores the identity of a Caribbean citizen in the present day, rather than an identity rooted in the region’s weighted history. Being in Aruba with his fellow residents, as well as visits with local artists, has inspired him to conceptualize a performance piece with the suits.

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I arrived on “One Happy Island” feeling like I was going to have an adventurous and rewarding experience with my art. Elvis Lopéz picked me up at the airport with the blue Ateliers ‘89 bus, and I was warmly welcomed at Ateliers ’89 by fellow resident artists. After having some coffee, it was time to enter the black box and do a presentation about my artwork. Since I intended to work with four Flexible Man suits, I gave a presentation only about my Flexible Man Project. Other artworks etc. were not shown, otherwise the presentation would be too long and the audience could lose concentration – which is not my intention on this Happy Island!

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The Flexible Man Project is about the present identity of a Caribbean citizen. Our ancestors came from different places with different cultures all over the world. Over time we have blended these cultures into something which is our own; we have created our own Identity. I did not really know what my performance with the suits would look like. Lying on my bed during our first night, I wondered how to proceed. The second day all of the artists drove down in the bed of a Ford Bronco tuck to a hardware store. We started a fun, lighthearted conversation, and then the idea arose for me to do a film with the Flexible Man suits in the bed of the Bronco. I started to work out what this would be like. The idea of doing a fun safari tour through the city was great, but I had to find a reason for me to do it in the city.

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That day I also met Aruban based artist Ciro Abath on a studio visit. Interestingly, even Ciro gives the present identity of the Caribbean man more importance, exploring the current state of being rather than simply being eager to going back to his roots. Later on the day we went to Ciro’s studio where he has a glass blowing workplace, which inspired to execute my plan of building a glass workplace in Suriname. That night while thinking about my performance concept, I was wondering why the city, why not the landscape where the safari jeeps are intended to drive?

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A studio visit of visual artist Osaira Muyale was productive in the sense that I received getting constructive criticism about my project in Aruba. She suggested going into the city and doing the performance with the people. As a group of resident artists at the Ateliers ’89, we had the privilege of taking a look at her works for an upcoming show in her gallery, which is located in front of her home. That night we went for a party at the Local Store. While drinking my beer, I thought about holding the performance with the suits near the beach, as there are also lots of people there. The next day we went to visit Aruban artist Glenda Heyliger. I was quite impressed when she gave us an explanation about one of her works, which was inspired by similar sources to those I use for the Flexible Man Project. After the studio visit we went out with Glenda to explore San Nicolaas during a carnival celebration. We went to Buchie’s place for a drink, where we had a lot of fun with Buchie and the artists. That inspired me to have fun in the suits and let that be filmed, even if it is in a white space…for the opening day, maybe I will do a performance with the suits.

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About Dhiradj Ramsamoedj:

Dhiradj Ramsamoedj is born in Paramaribo, Suriname on March 24th 1986.  He enrolled at the Nola Hatterman Art Institute in 2000 and graduated in 2004 with Honors. Ordinary Surinamese people, the cultures that sustain them and the difficult circumstances in which many people in Suriname find themselves today were the theme of his first solo exhibition in 2006. Now his work revolves around memories from his past and the nature of man. He created several 3-D works which were environmentally inspired. In 2009 he spent three months at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. In 2010, as part of a large art event in Suriname called Paramaribo SPAN he exhibited in his grandmother’s home with a series of carefully conceptualized, modern art installations based on childhood memories. In 2011 he shares a number of new contemporary creations with the public.

CARIBBEAN LINKED II is a residency programme and exhibition organized by Ateliers ’89 Foundation in collaboration with ARC Inc. and The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. and funded by the Mondriaan Foundation. The programme takes place from August 25th through September 6th, 2013 in Oranjestad, Aruba.

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October 12 – 15 2012

BACKGROUND

Ateliers ’89 Foundation and the Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. collaborated to create an international gathering of art experts which took place between October 12th and 15th 2012 in Aruba. Ateliers ’89 hosted the event which included bringing in the following persons to Aruba to participate in a symposium and a panel:

Rocio Aranda Alvarado – Curator, El Museo del Barrio, New York City, USA

Paco Barragan – Independent curator, Madrid, Spain

Holly Bynoe – Co-founder and editor of ARC magazine, St Vincent & the Grenadines

John Cox – Founder and director, Popop Studios, The Bahamas and co-curator, the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

Annalee Davis – Founder and director, the Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc., Barbados

THE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

During the course of the four days a symposium took place, a panel discussion, studio and gallery visits, the launch of ARC magazine and a series of meetings with stakeholders in the public and private sector. The symposium and panel discussion were streamed live via Ustream, allowing a regional and international audience to join the proceedings. Supporting the programme was the Youth Bienal organised by Ateliers ’89 as a way to exhibit the works of young Aruban and Dutch artists and expose those works to the visiting creatives. Two young Barbadian artists were also included in the exhibition.

The symposium gave the visiting creatives an opportunity to share their work as curators, publishers and founders of informal networks with the Aruban art community. It also gave the visiting creatives an opportunity to develop an understanding of the local art space. The launch of the ARC magazine created more awareness in Aruba of it’s art publication and web presence demonstrating how it functions as an integrative tool for the visual arts across the region.

Of critical importance was the series of meetings scheduled by Elvis Lopez, the Director of Ateliers ’89, which allowed us to meet Dr. Dumfries, the Director of Culture in the Ministry of Culture, Mr. Jonathan Viera, the Director of Cas di Cultura, Mrs. Lupita Gil, the Director of UNOCA, Vicki Arens, the Director of FDEC, the Weston Hotel Art Gallery and Insight Foundation.

As a result of these meetings we came to learn of the Ministry of Culture’s pending programme to promote the Rietveld Academy in Aruba and the 2013 launch of their preparatory visual arts programme that is open to art students from around the region and who want to enter a BFA course afterwards. The Ministry is keen to inform the region of this programme and ARC magazine will assist in promoting this programme through their website.

Also coming out of these events was the proposed idea of holding a Barbados Linked / Caribbean Linked programme at FRESH MILK in February 2013. The purpose of this gathering would be to extend the Fresh Milk/Ateliers ’89 conversation which took place at the Ateliers ’89 Foundation in Aruba, and to deepen the links further across the region while circulating ideas about sustainability within the creative economy of the Caribbean.

Stay tuned for more information on this venture!

Visit http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ateliers-89 to watch videos of the panel discussions.

Aruba Linked/Caribbean Linked: A Collaborative Project between Ateliers ’89 and FRESH MILK

ARUBA LINKED/CARIBBEAN LINKED is a collaborative project coordinated by Ateliers ’89 and the Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. From October 12th to15th, visiting creatives Rocio Aranda Alvarado – curator at El Museo del Barrio, NYC; Paco Barragan – Independent curator, Madrid, Spain; Holly Bynoe – Visual Artist and co-founder of ARC, St. Vincent & the Grenadines; John Cox – Visual Artist, founder of Popop Studios and co-curator at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas and Annalee Davis – Visual Artist and founder/director of the Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc., Barbados, will gather at Ateliers ’89, Aruba.

Individual presentations about their own work as curators, editors and founders of informal networks will take place on October 13th. The panel of five on October 15th will focus on the shaping of a creative industry for practitioners from the Caribbean. Discussion about challenges and emerging possibilities in the region, the importance of mentoring young creatives, the development of new Caribbean products, the expansion of the critical arena, the role of the web and its power to democratise the field, the need to expose art production beyond ‘Caribbean’ themed exhibitions, and the promotion of artists working in non-mainstream locations will be explored.

ARC magazine will launch Issue 6 and John Cox will record a version of Blank Canvas at the Ateliers. ‘Aruba Linked’ – the Youth Biennial will open at Ateliers ’89 on October 15th bringing the programme to a close.