Artists/Critics

Claudio Arnell

St. Martin

About Claudio:

« One’s journey, one’s escape, one’s exile are according to me a stream of accidents where Man drifts away in search of evidence. »

I was born on the island of Saint-Martin. Today, I live and work on the island. Painting, sculpture and photography are the main mediums with which I challenge myself. They permit me to reflect and express my creative drive towards boundless potential, where I constantly search, question and (re)discover various characteristics of those 3 mediums in hopes to find balance and alignment throughout the parallel paths between reality and imagination.

I aim to grow as a visual Artist by challenging myself every step of the way with those mediums while upgrading my process through the lenses of my era: VIRTUAL REALITY. I am always keen to savour, visually speaking, the essence of the term ‘MeltingPot’. My main focus is centered around pictorialism: where matter, texture, color and layers are brought to life through mix media concepts.

I explore works in series as if they were digital sketches, where I question endlessly the notion of lines within compositions. How each line can be referred as a frontier, a limit or a boundary and what does it take to break free or over step it? The Caribbean is my cradle and my culture, the source of my creativity and the initial point of view of my work.


Taisha Carrington

Barbados

About Taisha:

Taisha is a Barbadian multidisciplinary artist working in performance, sculpture, body adornment, and installation. Her work seeks to promote solidarity with the land and investigate the liminality of life in the Caribbean after colonialism and into the Anthropocene. Taisha invents ‘devices’ and explores performances for self-ˇhealing and facilitation of social dialogue about climate justice while proposing methods for rebirth, reclamation, and reimagining the value of Caribbean people and communities.

Taisha received her BFA from Pratt Institute in 2018 and currently works in Barbados collaborating with biochemists, farmers and medical practitioners to pool knowledge and resources and shed light on social issues.


Romelinda Maldonado

Aruba

About Romelinda:

Romelinda Maldonado was born in Aruba in 1984, and as a little kid, she was fascinated with exploring and creating things with her hands and getting lost in the moment, but it was until she was away from home to study psychology that she rediscovered her passion. In 2013 she started selling her creations and established her brand name KALA , which also became her artist name. She draws inspiration from nature, people, culture, personal experiences and all the connections in between and makes art using different materials and techniques but what she loves most is working with colors and natural materials that she collects from the wilderness often giving her work a tropical vibe.


Akley Olton

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

About Akley:

Akley Olton is a filmmaker and visual artist based in St. Vincent and Grenadines, with a passion for stories that inspire & provoke. He is dedicated to the development of Caribbean cinema and has been trained in the visual arts, graphic design, animation and film and audiovisual production. He has been building a professional career as a Director of Photography, with 8+ years experience with Cinematography, Colour Correction, Grading and Video Production on several local, regional and international projects, including award-winning fiction & documentaries films.


Susana Pilar

Cuba

About Susana:

Susana Pilar was born in Cuba in 1984. From 2011 to 2013, she completed a Postgraduate course in New Media at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG) with DAAD Scholarship, Germany. From 1998 until 2008, she studied at the Fine Arts Academy “San Alejandro” and the High Institute of Arts (ISA) in Havana, Cuba. She was artist in residence at CAD+SR 2019-20 Research Fellowship in Italy and Kenya; as well as a Guest Professor with the Peter and Irene Ludwig Grant at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary, 2020.

Group shows and international venues she has exhibited at include the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale, République Démocratique du Congo (2019); 13 Havana Biennale, Cuba (2019); Resilience and Resistance in African Diaspora, New Museum of African Civilizations, Dakar, Senegal (2018); 56th International Art Exhibition, Cuban Pavilion, Venice, Italy (2015); 1st Biennale of International Contemporary Art, Martinique (2013); Prome encuentro Bienal Arte Contemporaneo di Caribe, Aruba (2012); III Biennale Arts Actuels Réunion, Reunion island (2011) and the 7th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea (2008).


John Reno Jackson

Cayman Islands

About John:

John Reno Jackson is an emerging contemporary Caymanian – American painter. He partook in
foundational courses in both painting and drawing from the London Art Academy in 2015. Since then he has continued his exploration with painting media through a series of works made in Grand Cayman. Jackson has exhibited work with a group showcase titled “Homecoming” (2019) at The Space in Grand Cayman and has also been part of a residency program in 2020 at PADA Studios, Lisbon, Portugal. Jackson has pieces that belong to the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands permanent collection. He currently works and lives in Grand Cayman and is a full-time painter.


Sarabel Santos-NegróN

Puerto Rico

About Sarabel:

Sarabel Santos-Negrón is a multidisciplinary artist, educator and museum professional. Her work is informed by the experience and memory of the social-environmental and political-economic aspects reflected in the landscape of the Island of Puerto Rico. Using drawing and its expanded field as a starting point, she explores ways of referring to social values, natural resources, organic forms and atmospheric phenomena pertinent to her birth place. The work is created with found materials such as high-consumption industrial supplies, paper, sound, photographs, and mixed media, among others.

Santos-Negrón earned an MFA in Studio Art from Maryland Institute College or Art, Baltimore, United States (2019); an MAE in Museum Studies from Caribbean University, Puerto Rico (2012); a BFA in Painting and Art History from the University of Puerto Rico (2007); Art History studies from Fundación Ortega y Gasset, Toledo, Spain (2006).

Her work has been exhibited in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Chicago, Kentucky, Miami, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, London, México, and Puerto Rico. She has participated in residency and research programs such as St. Mary’s Artist House Residency in Maryland (2018) and the Herbarium of the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan (2013 & 2014). She has developed a self-residency called Residencia del Río, an ongoing research project in El Paseo del Río Bayamón, Puerto Rico. She has received art awards from the Department of Education, the Department of Health, the Office of Youth Affairs, Cooperativa de Seguros Múltiples de Puerto Rico, and Pfizer Pharmaceutical Companies. In 2016, Maryland Institute College of Art awarded her a merit scholarship for graduate studies.

Sarabel recently received the Borimix 2019 Award for the social currency project Valor y Cambio. She has worked as a visual arts professor, independent curator for special projects and is currently the director of the Museo de Arte de Bayamón in Puerto Rico.


Samuel Sarmiento

Aruba/Venezuela

About Samuel:

Samuel Sarmiento was born in Venezuela in 1987. In 2010 he carries out a Master’s degree in Artistic Production at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. He has participated in various exhibitions, individually as well as collectively in Venezuela, Aruba, Germany, Spain, Panama, Argentina and China. He lives and work in Aruba.


Béliza Troupé

Guadeloupe

About Béliza:

Béliza Troupé graduated from a Master of Research in Plastic Arts, with honours, at the Université Mi- chel de Montaigne in Bordeaux in 2012. In 2012, she exhibited at the Musée d’Aquitaine in Bordeaux during a colloquium entitled «Contrainte et création». In 2017, the artist took part in the collective exhibition «Cartographie de la jeune création en Guadeloupe» at the Pavillon de la Ville in Pointe-à-Pitre, as part of the Festival Bleu Outremer. In the wake of this, she exhibited at the 2018 «Cri de femme» Festival. In June 2019, she was invited to the Pool Art Fair with Artistik Rézo Caraïbes. She was featured in the Beaux-Arts Magazine special edition in August 2019, and completed an artist residency in Cameroon at Bandjoun Station in response to the call for proposals by the association Arc Prod (Guadeloupe). On this occasion, she exhibited alongside Samuel Gelas at the TCHA’ LA’ exhibition in Bandjoun Station (Cameroon). In January 2020, her works were published in the 25th academic journal of «Recherches en Esthétique» of the Centre d’études et de recherches d’esthétique et en arts plastiques. At the end of February 2020, Béliza was selected from the call for projects «Living one more day» by the H Gallery in Paris. The artist questions in particular the limits of the body, the relationship between the human and the plant through drawing and mixed techniques on textiles.


Writer in Residence

Ethan Knowles

The Bahamas

About Ethan:

Ethan Knowles is a writer and photographer from The Bahamas. His areas of interest include environmentalism, tourism, queer studies and the (post)colonial Caribbean. He has studied in both the US and Italy, and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in film. In his free time he likes to bake bread and tutor Italian.


Main CURATOR

Sofía Olascoaga

Mexico

Photo credit: Sofia Colucci / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Sofía Olascoaga (b. Mexico City, 1980) works in the intersections of art and education by activating  spaces for critical thinking and collective action. She recently co-curated the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo  and was academic curator at MUAC (Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo – UNAM) in Mexico  City, where she coordinated Campus Expandido an academic program of critical theory taking place at  the museum. Olascoaga was the first Research Curatorial Fellow at Independent Curators International  (2011), was Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent  Study Program (2010). She received her BFA with honors from La Esmeralda National School of Fine  Arts (Mexico City).

Olascoaga’s work involves the experimental design of think-tanks, along with artists, theorists, curators  and educators, and with a wide range of institutional and independent spaces. In 2012, she was a  Workshop Clinics Director for SITAC X, the International Symposium of Contemporary Art Theory in  Mexico City. From 2007 to 2010, she was Head of Education and Public Programs at Museo de Arte  Carrillo Gil in Mexico City. Olascoaga was educational curator and public programs manager for the first  grant initiative Bancomer-MACG Program for Young Artists in 2008–2010, created by Museo de Arte  Carrillo Gil and Fundación Bancomer. Sofia has participated as a guest speaker or workshop facilitator at international laboratories for public programmes at Documenta 13 and an education program of  Documenta 14, Bauhaus Dessau’s School Fundamental Festival, MASS Alexandria, MACBA’s  Independent Study Program, Lugar a Dudas, Teorética, ArtBo in Bogota, Casa do Povo in Sao Paulo,  the Liverpool Biennial, Cittadellarte, Mercosur Biennial, Art21, Inc and MoMA New York, MALBA and  Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, Steirischer Herbst Festival in Austria, Experimental  Nucleus for Art and Pedagogy in Rio de Janeiro, Independent Curators International in New York, and  Instituto Inhotim, among others. Olascoaga is an active member of Another Roadmap for Arts Education  network and of Red de Conceptualismos del Sur, and has participated as a guest interlocutor to the Arts  Collaboratory Network Assembly (Costa Rica, 2017) and Casco General Assembly (Utrecht, 2018).


Guest CURATOR

MIGUEL LOPEZ

PERU

Photo credit: Daniela Morales L.

Miguel A. López (Lima, 1983) is a writer, researcher, and former co-Director and chief Curator of TEOR/éTica in San José, Costa Rica. His work investigates collaborative dynamics and feminist re-articulations of art and culture in recent decades. He has published in periodicals such as AfterallramonaE-flux JournalArt in AmericaArt JournalManifesta JournalJournal of Visual Culture, among others. He has recently curated “The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War” (with Ruth Estévez and Agustín Díez Fischer), REDCAT, Los Angeles, and PAMM, Miami, 2017-2018; “Balance and Collapse. Patricia Belli, Works 1986-2016” at TEOR/éTica, San José, Fundación Ortiz Gurdián, Managua, and Fundación Paiz, Guatemala, 2016-2017; “Teresa Burga. Structures of Air” (with Agustín Pérez Rubio) at the MALBA, Buenos Aires, 2015; and the project “God is Queer” for the 31th Bienal de São Paulo (2014). His recent books includes Robar la historia. Contrarrelatos y prácticas artísticas de oposición (Metales Pesados, 2017) and Agítese antes de usar. Desplazamientos sociales, artísticos y educativos (with Renata Cervetto, TEOR/éTica and MALBA, 2016; in Portugueses published SESC, 2018). In 2016 he was recipient of the Independent Vision Curatorial Award from ICI, New York.