Danilo Oliveira’s Residency – Week 4 Blog Post

Brazilian artist Danilo Oliveira shares a blog post about the final week of his Fresh Milk residency. Danilo documented his experiences through a visual diary, sharing images and sketches that capture impressions of his time here in a series he has dubbed ‘The Bajan Chronicles’. See more below:

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‘The Bajan Chronicles’ consists of images generated during my residency at Fresh Milk, looking at Barbados’ history, everyday life and culture. Of course, one month is not enough to create any kind of deep reflection, but it’s time enough to realize some historical coincidences and explore some cultural and social issues, even in a superficial way. It’s about a foreign view, for a short time, touching on some restrictive issues, and trying to generate questions and reflections out of these.

Danilo Oliveira’s Residency – Week 2.5 Blog Post

Brazilian artist Danilo Oliveira shares a blog post about the floor mural he is producing during his Fresh Milk residency this November: “Utopian Geology Services” – The Cultural Geology of the Caribbean. See more below:

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“Utopian Geology Services” – The Cultural Geology of the Caribbean.

When I arrived in Barbados for my Fresh Milk residency, my proposal was to research and study the borders and identity relations present in Barbados and in the Caribbean. It is my first time in this part of the world, and so it’s been great to learn from each person that I meet. Some things surprised me, some things had a huge impact on my visions around ideas of belonging, colonialism and ancestral identity. At some point, I began to see the geology of Barbados as an important aspect of its development (as it is in any country). And so, in spite of the fact that Barbados and Brazil endured slavery for centuries, the post-colonial periods are very distinct. Maybe some of that could be related to the geological differences. Here in the Caribbean, I have been looking for traces of identity: Bajan? Caribbean? Part of the Americas? Afro-Caribbean? British? Little England?

I began to wonder how it would be if we changed something that is unchangeable, like geological aspects of the region. I’m calling this “Utopian Geology Services” – The Cultural Geology of the Caribbean. How would it be if the Caribbean islands were closer? How would it affect the history, if it had always been like this? What are the real distances in a world controlled by routes?

Danilo Oliveira’s Residency – Week 1 Blog Post

Brazilian artist Danilo Oliveira shares his first blog post about his Fresh Milk residency this month. Danilo will be documenting his experiences through a visual diary, sharing images and sketches that capture impressions of his time here. See more below:

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Visual diary f/ Danilo Oliveira in Barbados

If you don’t become the ocean
you’ll be seasick
every day.

(Leonard Cohen 1934 – 2016)