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.

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.

Fresh Milk hosts ‘A True & Exact History’ by Sonia Farmer

On Monday, April 30th, 2018 Fresh Milk hosted an exhibition & panel discussion around ‘A True & Exact History‘ – an erasure poem by Bahamian writer & artist Sonia Farmer, using Richard Ligon’s publication A True & Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes (1657) as its source material.

Sonia was in conversation about her work with Ayesha Gibson-Gill, Cultural Officer for Literary Arts at the National Cultural Foundation, and Tara Inniss-Gibbs, Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

Thanks as always to our photographer Dondré Trotman for these images!

Artist Statement for A True & Exact History

I consider my writing practice a tool for disrupting and investigating existing narratives, forming a response that is not necessarily preoccupied with making new narratives to replace them, but rather exposing different narratives as a parallel, ultimately calling into question the inherent power structure in the existing narrative (such as historical accounts, folktales, mythologies, canonical books, etc). Experimental process of generation, such as erasure, found text, mistranslation, technological intervention, or other restrictive methods, are especially exciting opportunities to create direct responses to existing narratives by using its own language against itself. The resulting text then becomes the content for my final projects.

The core of my artist book A True & Exact History is an erasure of one of the most formative descriptions of the English Caribbean in the seventeenth Century, Richard Ligon’s 1657 guidebook, “A True and Exact History of Barbadoes.” This project began during March 2016 at a writing residency at Fresh Milk, an art platform in St. George, Barbados, where I encountered Ligon’s book through their Colleen Lewis Reading Room. Using the language, imagery, and thematic drives at the core of this text to disrupt the teleology of colonial Caribbean history, these unbound poetic fragments scattered among a shifting landscape simultaneously re-create and resist narrative as a device of cohesive history, ultimately calling into question what it means to write “a true and exact history” of anything.

A True & Exact History – An Exhibition & Poetry Installation by Sonia Farmer

Fresh Milk is excited for our next public event, an exhibition & panel discussion on A True & Exact History – an erasure poem by Bahamian writer & artist Sonia Farmer, using Richard Ligon’s publication “A True & Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes” (1657) as its source material.

The opening night & artist talk will be held at 6:30 PM, Monday April 30, 2018 at Fresh Milk, Walkers Dairy, St. George, Barbados,  and the exhibition will also be open for viewing on
Tuesday May 1, 2018 between 10 AM – 2 PM.

Sonia will be in conversation about her work with Ayesha Gibson-Gill, Cultural Officer for Literary Arts at the National Cultural Foundation, and Tara Inniss, Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

This event is free and open to the public. Directions to Fresh Milk can be found on the About Page of our website here.

RSVP to the event on Facebook here.

Artist Statement for A True & Exact History

I consider my writing practice a tool for disrupting and investigating existing narratives, forming a response that is not necessarily preoccupied with making new narratives to replace them, but rather exposing different narratives as a parallel, ultimately calling into question the inherent power structure in the existing narrative (such as historical accounts, folktales, mythologies, canonical books, etc). Experimental process of generation, such as erasure, found text, mistranslation, technological intervention, or other restrictive methods, are especially exciting opportunities to create direct responses to existing narratives by using its own language against itself. The resulting text then becomes the content for my final projects.

The core of my artist book A True & Exact History is an erasure of one of the most formative descriptions of the English Caribbean in the seventeenth Century, Richard Ligon’s 1657 guidebook, “A True and Exact History of Barbadoes.” This project began during March 2016 at a writing residency at Fresh Milk, an art platform in St. George, Barbados, where I encountered Ligon’s book through their Colleen Lewis Reading Room. Using the language, imagery, and thematic drives at the core of this text to disrupt the teleology of colonial Caribbean history, these unbound poetic fragments scattered among a shifting landscape simultaneously re-create and resist narrative as a device of cohesive history, ultimately calling into question what it means to write “a true and exact history” of anything.

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About Sonia Farmer:

Sonia Farmer is a writer, visual artist, and small press publisher who uses letterpress printing, bookbinding, hand-papermaking, and digital projects to build narratives about the Caribbean space. She is the founder of Poinciana Paper Press, a small and independent press located in Nassau, The Bahamas, which produces handmade and limited edition chapbooks of Caribbean literature and promotes the crafts of book arts through workshops and creative collaborations. Her artwork has been exhibited throughout Nassau including at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. She is the author of “Infidelities” (Poinciana Paper Press, 2017) which was longlisted for the 2018 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. She has also self-published several chapbooks. Her poetry has won the 2011 Prize in the Small Axe Literary Competition and has appeared in various journals. She holds a BFA in Writing from Pratt Institute and is currently pursuing her MFA studies in Book Arts at the University of Iowa. 

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About Ayesha Gibson-Gill:

Ayesha Gibson-Gill M.A Arts Management (Greenwich), B.A Theatre Studies (Acadia) is a writer, director, actor, drama tutor, arts administrator, producer, former radio announcer, sometime vocalist and always mother.   In 2017 she conceptualized and artistically produced a signal CARIFESTA XIII event, Word for Word- Night of the Literary Masters, along with other literary engagements. She has been the Cultural Officer for Literary Arts at the National Cultural Foundation Barbados since 2012.

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About Tara Inniss:

Tara Inniss is a Lecturer in the Department of History and Philosophy at Cave Hill Campus, The University of the West Indies (UWI). Her focus areas include: history of medicine; history of social policy; and heritage and social development. In 2002-03, she received a Split-Site Commonwealth PhD Scholarship to study at the UWI/University of Manchester. In 2007, she completed a Masters in International Social Development at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. Dr. Inniss has served as a delegate for the Government of Barbados on the World Heritage Committee, and was a member of the Research Team which assembled the Nomination Dossier for UNESCO World Heritage Property Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison. She currently sits on several committees for the Barbados World Heritage Committee, Barbados Museum and Historical Society and is Secretary-Treasurer of the Association of Caribbean Historians (ACH).

TVE 2017 Online Exhibition

Fresh Milk is excited to launch the Transoceanic Visual Exchange 2017 Online Exhibition, which will be available for viewing between November 20th – December 20th.

If you have a question about the TVE programme, or want to engage directly with the Caribbean and Oceanic artists about their work, the #askTVE form lets you submit your feedback and questions directly to our team, and we will share the artists’ responses with you in an open forum!