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 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.