The physical edition of the regional residency Caribbean Linked VI, co-managed by Ateliers ’89 Punto Di Beyas Arte Aruba, The Fresh Milk Art Platform (Barbados) and ARC Magazine will be taking place at Ateliers ’89 in Oranjestad, Aruba from July 25th – August 16th, 2022. Thanks to generous support from this year’s core sponsors VriendenLoterij Fonds, Mondriaan Fonds, Vertegenwoordiging van Nederland in Oranjestad (VNO), Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribisch Gebied, The Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA), SETAR, Garage Centraal, AHATA and La Cabana Hotel Aruba, as well as number of local sponsors in Aruba and regional support from the Gouvernement of Sint Maarten, ART SAVES LIVES FOUNDATION (Sint Maarten), the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, CNCF (Cayman Islands), the Ministry of YSCH (Cayman Islands), The Charitable Arts Foundation of the Bahamas and the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, creatives from around the French, Spanish, English and Dutch Caribbean will once again convene to produce work and present a closing showcase during this three week period.
The official opening event will be held on Wednesday, July 27th from 7pm – 12am, and the he final event and exhibition opening will be held on Sunday, August 14th.
Participating artists for Caribbean Linked VI include Vesuhely Americaan (Curaçao), Claudio Arnell (Saint Martin), Taisha Carrington (Barbados), Romelinda Maldonado (Aruba), Justin Reinir Croes (Aruba/The Netherlands), John Reno Jackson (Cayman Islands), Sarabel Santos-Negrón (Puerto Rico), Samuel Sarmiento (Aruba/Venezuela) and Béliza Troupé (Guadeloupe).
This residency will allow the participants to be exposed to the practices of other emerging Caribbean artists, providing an opportunity to strengthen regional connections and cultural understanding. This in-person edition of Caribbean Linked follows the virtual edition that took place online in 2021 due to disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, which acted a bridging year for some of the participants to connect with one another and have discussions about their work before meeting physically in July/August 2022.
The writer in residence will be Ethan Knowles, an emerging scholar and writer from The Bahamas who recently graduated from The American University of Rome, Italy. This year’s specially invited curator will be Sofía Olascoaga, an academic curator at MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo – UNAM) in Mexico City, where she coordinates Campus Expandido an academic programme of critical theory.