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.

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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.

Caribbean Linked II: Artist Residency Programme and Exhibition

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

Invited Artists include: Omar Kuwas (Curaçao), Veronica Dorsett (The Bahamas), Mark King (Barbados), Shirley Rufin (Martinique), Sofia Maldonado (Puerto Rico/US), Dhiradj Ramsamoedj (Suriname), Rodell Warner (Trinidad and Tobago), Robin de Vogel, Kevin Schuit and Germille Geerman (Aruba). The selected artists were chosen collaboratively by Annalee Davis, Holly Bynoe and Elvis Lopez.

Caribbean Linked II will be held in association with Studio O, Terafuse, Museo Arqueologico Arubano, UNOCA, San Nicolas TV, Departamento di Cultura, SVE TV, Alydia Wever Theatre Dance Company and Gang di Arte Aruba.

Most popular through Facebook and social media platforms, to be linked or to be connected is the world’s most common way to be associated right now. This residency and exhibition will present young talent while raising issues of their collective futures by discussing the survival of artists, and the sustainability of local creative communities that nurture their development and maintain their connectivity. This residency becomes a crucial space for building awareness across disparate creative communities in the Caribbean and its diaspora by finding ways to connect young and emerging artists with each other. Selected participants will engage in two weeks of open discussion and critiques, various professional workshops, visit established local artists’ studios and better understand the creative cultural industries that propel Aruban art. An exhibition of work produced during the residency will be displayed at Ateliers ’89 and will open on September 5th.

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Collaborating local artists include Alydia Wever, Ciro Abath, Evelino Fingal, Glenda Heyliger, John Freddy Montoya, Marian Abath, Nelson Gonzales, Osaira Muyale and Ryan Oduber. Collaborating partner professionals and institutions include Vivi Ruiz of the Archaeology Museum of Aruba, Lupita Giel of UNOCA and Siegfried Dumfries of the Department of Culture.

Participating institutions include:

ARC Magazine

ARC Magazine is a non-profit print and online publication and social platform founded in 2011. It seeks to fill a certain void by offering a critical space for contemporary artists to present their work while fostering and developing critical dialogues and opportunities for crucial points of exchange. ARC is an online and social space of interaction with a developed methodology of sharing information about contemporary practices, exhibitions, partnerships, and opportunities occurring in the Caribbean region and throughout its diasporas. ARC’s mission is to build awareness by fostering exchanges and opportunities that expand creative culture, within the visual arts industry across the wider Caribbean and its diasporas.

Fresh Milk

The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. is a Caribbean non-profit, artist-led, inter-disciplinary organization that supports creatives and promotes wise social, economic, and environmental stewardship through creative engagement with society and by cultivating excellence in the arts. The idea for Fresh Milk developed over years of conversations with other practicing artists around the need for artistic engagement amongst contemporary practitioners living and working in Barbados, with an expressed need to strengthen links with the region and the diaspora. Fresh Milk bridges the divides between creative disciplines, generations of creatives, and works across all linguistic territories in the region – functioning as a cultural lab, constantly redefining itself. The platform transforms into a gathering space for contemporary creatives who are thirsty to debate ideas and share works through local and international residencies, lectures, screenings, workshops, exhibitions, projects etc.

Ateliers ‘89

The Foundation ‘Ateliers ’89’ offers Arubans and others interested from the Caribbean region an orientation on contemporary applied art and design. Workshops in different disciplines as painting, installations, video-art, photography, drawing, fashion, theatrical-design, ceramics, animation, graphic design and history of art are organized in a spacious, open and comfortable setting. Established foreign and local artist teach at the studio’s. Every workshop culminates in an exhibition which is open to the public. Furthermore, there are special workshops and tours of the exhibitions for children and young students. Ateliers ’89 works in close cooperation with a number of art academies in the Netherlands. This way, young talents who started off in the workshops of Ateliers ’89 can easily find their way to a Dutch academy.