Trendbeheer shares a review of the Caribbean Linked V Exhibition

Sasha Dees writes an overview of the Caribbean Linked V Public Exhibition for the contemporary art blog Trendbeheer. The show opened on Saturday, August 25th, 2018 in the public space at Caya Grandi and the gallery at Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad, Aruba.

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Photo courtesy of Sasha Dees

Trendbeheer was set up in October 2005 by Jeroen Bosch and Niels Post to give a new impetus to reporting on art and visual culture. It is a space for images, individual accountss and references to news in the field of contemporary arts.

Amigoe Newspaper covers the opening of the Caribbean Linked V Public Exhibition

Melissa Stamper shares an overview of the opening of the Caribbean Linked V Public Exhibition, which took place Saturday, August 25th, 2018 at Caya Grandi and Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad, Aruba in the Monday, August 27th edition of Amigoe Newspaper!

Click here to see CL V on the front page, and 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. 

When in Aruba covers the Caribbean Linked V Public Exhibition Opening

Rona Coster shares write-ups on the Caribbean Linked V Public Exhibition opening on the When in Aruba lifestyle website and its associated blog Bati Bleki, highlighting the regional and international scope of Caribbean Linked. The event took place on August 25th, 2018 at Caya Grandi (Main Street) and Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad, Aruba.

Click here to read the announcement on When in Aruba, and click here to read the review on Bati Bleki!

Photo courtesy of ‘When in Aruba’

When in Aruba is a blog-driven exploration of the beloved island of Aruba, offering readers a very local, organic perspective of one of the most distinctive destinations in the Caribbean. Local writers, photographers, and videographers will be creating content on a weekly basis, sharing Aruba’s events as they unfold, as well as featuring the stories of talented artists, musicians, culinary personalities, and the island’s warm, friendly hospitality, all told through authentic voices.

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 II review: A jump into the Sea

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.”

Read the full review on Huffington Post here.

Caribbean Linked II Exhibition Review: True Beauty of Imperfection

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.

Read the full review on ARC Magazine here.