Puerto Rican/US based artist Sofia Maldonado writes about her experience during Caribbean Linked II, a residency programme at Ateliers ’89, Aruba. Maldonado cites the importance of projects like this in transcending boundaries – geographical, political, cultural and language limitations – and instead revealing the commonalities of the region. The relationships and dialogue that emerged out of the diverse work each artist produced for the final exhibition was testimony to the fact that in the Caribbean “there is far more that unites, than separates.”
Aruban artist Germille Geerman presents ‘True Beauty of Imperfection’, his account of the Caribbean Linked II residency programme at Ateliers ’89, Aruba. Geerman writes an insider’s review of the residency’s closing exhibition, interspersed with personal anecdotes about his fellow artists. He shows not only the diversity of the work, but also the dynamics between the residents and the bonds they formed throughout this shared experience.