Caribbean Linked V – Meet & Greet the Artists

Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad, Aruba in collaboration with The Fresh Milk Art Platform, Barbados and ARC Magazine invites you to the official launch of the regional artist residency Caribbean Linked V. Come meet this year’s participating artists at Ateliers ’89 on Wednesday, August 8th, 2018 from 8pm – 12am!

RSVP to the Event on Facebook here.

Artists this year include Irvin Aguilar (Mexico/Aruba), Franz Caba (Dominican Republic), Kriston Chen(Trinidad & Tobago), Sharelly Emanuelson (Curaçao), Gwladys Gambie (Martinique), Adam Patterson(Barbados), Velvet Zoe Ramos (Aruba), Averia Wright (The Bahamas) and Raily Stiven Yance (Venezuela). The writer in residence will be art historian and independent curator Marina Reyes Franco (Puerto Rico).

This year’s specially invited curators will be Alex Martínez Suárez (Dominican Republic) and Miguel López (Peru/Costa Rica), who will be joining us at different intervals throughout the three week residency programme.

For more information, call Ateliers ’89 at (+297) 565 4613 or email caribbeanlinked@gmail.com, and follow the Caribbean Linked Facebook page for regular updates on the residency!

Amigoe Newspaper announces Caribbean Linked V

Melissa Stamper shares an article in the Thursday, July 26th edition of Amigoe Newspaper announcing the upcoming Caribbean Linked V regional residency programme, which will run from August 6th – 28th, 2018 at Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad, Aruba.

Click here to read the full article!

Amigoe is a Dutch-language daily newspaper whose audience is predominantly in Curaçao and Aruba. The newspaper is one of the most widely read dailies in Aruba. 

Puerto Rico Art News Promotes Caribbean Linked V

On June 28th, 2018, Puerto Rico Art News shared the announcement of Caribbean Linked V,  highlighting the participation of Puerto Rican art historian and curator Marina Reyes Franco:

Photo credit: Victoria Tomaschko

Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad, Aruba in collaboration with The Fresh Milk Art Platform, Barbados and ARC Magazine is pleased to announce that the regional artist residency Caribbean Linked V will be taking place at Ateliers ‘89 from August 6th through 28th, 2018. The official opening event will be held on Wednesday, August 8th from 8pm – 12am.

Read the full announcement on Puerto Rico Art News here!

Bahamian Art & Culture Newsletter promotes Caribbean Linked V

Smith and Benjamin’s ‘BAHAMIAN ART and CULTURE’ Newsletter, Issue No. 350 published on Friday, June 29th, 2018 shares the announcement of Caribbean Linked V, highlighting the participation of Bahamian artist Averia Wright:

The regional artist residency Caribbean Linked V will be taking place at Ateliers ‘89 in Oranjestad, Aruba from August 6th through 28th, 2018. Creatives from around the French, Spanish, English and Dutch Caribbean will convene to produce work, meet cultural activists in the Aruban art community, participate in public talks, blog about their experience and present a closing showcase of works during this three week period. The final event will be held on Sunday, August 26th.

Artists this year include Bahamian MFA Grad in Sculpture Averia Wright as well as Irvin Aguilar (Mexico/Aruba), Franz Caba (Dominican Republic), Kriston Chen (Trinidad and Tobago), Sharelly Emanuelson (Curaçao), Gwladys Gambie (Martinique), Adam Patterson (Barbados), Velvet Zoe Ramos (Aruba), and Raily Stiven Yance (Venezuela).

Read the full newsletter here!

Repeating Islands shares the announcement of Caribbean Linked V

Repeating Islands, a news and commentary blog about Caribbean culture, literature and the arts, shares the announcement of Caribbean Linked V:

This year, the Caribbean Linked V regional artist residency will take place at Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad, Aruba, from August 6 through 28, 2018.

The official opening event will be held on Wednesday, August 8 from 8:00pm to midnight. Participating artists, writers and curators this year hail from Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Costa Rica, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.

 

Caribbean Linked is an annual residency and exhibition programme spanning French, Spanish, Dutch and English Caribbean islands.

See the full press release on Repeating Islands here.

Announcing Caribbean Linked V: August 2018

Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad, Aruba in collaboration with The Fresh Milk Art Platform, Barbados and ARC Magazine is pleased to announce that the regional artist residency Caribbean Linked V will be taking place at Ateliers ‘89 from August 6th through 28th, 2018. The official opening event will be held on Wednesday, August 8th from 8pm – 12am.

Thanks to generous support from this year’s core sponsors BankGiro Loterij Fonds, Mondriaan Fonds, Vertegenwoordiging van Nederland in Oranjestad (VNO), The Tourism Product Enhancement Fund (TPEF), The Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA), UNOCA , SETAR, Garage Centraal and Aruba Bank, as well as number of local sponsors in Aruba, creatives from around the French, Spanish, English and Dutch Caribbean will convene to produce work, meet cultural activists in the Aruban art community, participate in public talks, blog about their experience and present a closing showcase of works during this three week period. The final event will be held on Saturday, August 25th.

Caribbean Linked is a space for building awareness across disparate creative communities of the Caribbean. It has created viable opportunities for young artists, writers, critics and creative activists from over twenty countries to foster new relationships with a larger community, contributing to the holistic development of the creative industries. In addition, it provides the opportunity to link with industry professionals who facilitate access to wider global conversations for the region’s practitioners, while allowing the artists to create work, exchange ideas and broaden cross-cultural understanding.

Artists this year include Irvin Aguilar (Mexico/Aruba), Franz Caba (Dominican Republic), Kriston Chen (Trinidad and Tobago), Sharelly Emanuelson (Curaçao), Gwladys Gambie (Martinique), Adam Patterson (Barbados), Velvet Zoe Ramos (Aruba), Averia Wright (The Bahamas) and Raily Stiven Yance (Venezuela).

The writer in residence will be art historian and independent curator Marina Reyes Franco (Puerto Rico). Visiting artists who will be lending support to Ateliers ’89 during the residency will be Laura de Vogel (Aruba) and Katherine Kennedy (Barbados). This year’s specially invited curators will be Alex Martínez Suárez, independent curator and general coordinator and museographer at the Museo Fernando Peña Defilló, a private museum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Miguel A. Lopez, co-director and chief curator of TEOR/éTica in San José, Costa Rica.

For more information, call Ateliers ’89 at (+297) 565 4613, email caribbeanlinked@gmail.com or visit the Caribbean Linked website at caribbeanlinked.com, and follow the Caribbean Linked Facebook page for regular updates on the residency!

Cayman Compass shares ‘Artist attends Caribbean Linked program’

Charles Duncan reports for the Cayman Compass newspaper on the participation of Caymanian artist Simon Tatum in the Caribbean Linked IV residency programme, which took place at Ateliers ’89 in Aruba between August 1-23, 2016.

Read an excerpt from the article below, and view the full piece on the Cayman Compass website here:

‘Boat Builder’ by Simon Tatum

‘Boat Builder’ by Simon Tatum

20160111-simon-tatum-at-ngci-read-onlyBodden Town’s Simon Tatum recently had the opportunity to attend the fourth Caribbean Linked artist residency program in Aruba.

Mr. Tatum, who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Drawing at the University of Missouri, was the first Caymanian artist to participate in the regional residency project for young and emerging Caribbean artists, which took place from Aug. 1 to Aug. 23.

Mr. Tatum’s work focuses primarily on Caymanian history and uses appropriated photographs from the Cayman Islands National Archives. His work also draws upon themes of colonial history, migration, and the exploration of personal identity within the context of a Caribbean cultural background.

“My intention is to communicate to the Caymanian people the condition of our history and how easily it can be manipulated by outside sources,” he said.

“My work promotes information literacy to further stimulate a creative society.”

Since beginning his studies, Mr. Tatum has had his work shown in local galleries in Missouri, and has taken part in several group exhibitions since 2014. In 2014 he was one of 23 artists featured in the exhibition “tIDal shift – Explorations of Identity” in Contemporary Caymanian Art at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. It was during this exhibition that gallery director Natalie Urquhart introduced Simon’s work to Caribbean Linked executives.

Caribbean Linked is organized by Ateliers ’89 Foundation in collaboration with ARC Inc. and the Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. It is aimed at building awareness across disparate creative communities by bringing together emerging artists from Anglophone, Francophone, Hispanic and Dutch Antillean Caribbean islands. This year 10 artists and one master artist took part.

The residency acts as the foundation of a community of artists from all over the Caribbean and provides a space for artists, creative activists, writers and critics to build relationships and connections across the creative industries, while developing a stronger portfolio and participating in global conversations.

“It is wonderful to see a young Caymanian artist chosen for such an exciting opportunity,” said Ms. Urquhart.

“Residencies, like Caribbean Linked, not only offer artists time to work, but place artists in new communal contexts with new peers and mentors from all over the world. These factors create an environment where artists can make substantial jumps in their work in a short amount of time. The National Gallery is very proud to support Simon and watch him continue to achieve great things.”

Read the full article here.

ARTVIEWs Aruba shares a review of the Caribbean Linked IV Exhibition

ARTVIEWs Aruba shares an overview of the Caribbean Linked IV Exhibition by Stan Kuiperi, featuring work from our recent set of regional resident artists at Ateliers ’89, Aruba.

Read an excerpt of the piece below, and view the full article on ARTVIEWs Aruba here:

A few CLIV participants walked through the Peace Labyrinth after visiting the nearby Alto Vista Chapel.

A few CLIV participants walked through the Peace Labyrinth after visiting the nearby Alto Vista Chapel. Photo by Dominique Hunter.

Caribbean Linked IV 2016. Part 1, Building the Bridge

CARIBBEAN LINKED is a residency program & exhibition organized by Ateliers ’89 Foundation (Aruba, 1989), in collaboration with Fresh Milk Art Platform (Barbados, 2012) and ARC Magazine (2011). These three founding organizations select Caribbean artists to participate in a 3-week project, during which the participants live in arranged accommodations, work in designated art studio spaces, go on local tours, present their work to others, and create a final exhibition for the local public.

The founders describe their main goal as follows: “The driving force behind Caribbean Linked is the desire to connect the Caribbean region through the arts and to dissolve boundaries between the islands, whether they be linguistic, geographical or cultural. By highlighting what binds us rather than what separates us, this program aims to plant the seeds of long term relationships that will strengthen and promote the growth of a healthy, unified cultural ecosystem in the Caribbean”.

From a historical perspective it’s important to note that, in this exact same sense, this project follows other earlier local and regional initiatives such as the CaribNet for the performing arts, co-founded during the 1997 Aruba International Dance Festival created by Aruban dance performer, choreographer and educator Wilma Kuiperi-Jansen. These organizations brought, among the cream of the crop from all over the world, many professional Caribbean dance companies, teachers, critics and lecturers to the Aruban stage. In a similar way the Aruba Theatre Festival promoted regional participation during many, many years, and both events successfully put Aruba on the cultural world map.

Although discontinued for lack of governmental visionary and sustainable cultural policies, these past cultural events must be credited with the current acceptance and development of contemporary art forms on Aruba. Today, in the footsteps of the still unequalled Carib Art Project (Unesco, 1993) the spirit of a continued effort to build the Caribbean cultural bridge has imbued the visual arts and projects such as Caribbean Linked, using a different artistic language and targeting different creatives.

This fourth edition of Caribbean Linked brings together relatively young visual artists (averaging 20 to 30 years of age) from 13 Caribbean countries. Artviews has attended some of their presentations, but the main focus of this review is on the final art exhibition inaugurated on Sunday August 21st at Ateliers ’89. The review is based mainly on the visual/technical merits and the titles of the works as they are presented in the exhibition, without being influenced by lengthy theoretical explanations by the authors of the works. Artviews’ point of departure is to present a means of dealing with works of art from a non-insider viewer perspective. Biographical information is based on the official Caribbean Linked site texts and artist’s websites. Almost all of the works in the show have conceptual, found-object, installation and multidisciplinary art roots. For the background on this development, see Artviews’ Writing as Art: Avantia Damberg and the Aruba Residency article.

Read the full article here.

Caribbean Linked IV featured on TeleAruba

Thanks so much to the television crew at Telearuba for stopping by Ateliers ’89 today to speak with some of the coordinators and residents of the exciting Caribbean Linked IV programme!

Be sure to come out on Sunday, August 21, 2016 for the opening reception for the Caribbean Linked IV Exhibition, starting 7pm at Ateliers ’89.

Caribbean Linked is organized by Ateliers ’89, ARC Magazine and The Fresh Milk Art Platform with the ongoing support of Mondriaan Fonds and Stichting DOEN, as well as a number of other generous sponsors this year.

Robin de Vogel speaks about Caribbean Linked IV in the BonDia Aruba Newspaper

One of the artists working to coordinate this year’s Caribbean Linked IV residency, Robin de Vogel, speaks about the Caribbean Linked experience in the August 15, 2016 edition of the BonDia Aruba newspaper.

Take a look at a PDF of the full article which appeared in print in BonDia Aruba here, and to see the final exhibition of works by this year’s participants, come out to Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad, Aruba on Sunday, August 21 at 7pm!

BonDia PDF