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.

Click here to read the full article!

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.

E Arubiano shares the Caribbean Linked V Exhibition Announcement

On Friday, August 24th 2018, E Arubiano news shared video interviews with Caribbean Linked V artists Raily Stiven YanceAveria Wright, Adam Patterson and Irvin Aguilar, as well as organizers Katherine KennedyLaura de Vogel and Lupita Bernabela about this year’s regional artist residency and final exhibition, which opened on Saturday, August 25th, 2018 in Caya Grandi and Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad!

Click here to see the interview on E Arubiano’s website!

E Arubiano News features the latest news on the Island of Aruba and the Caribbean, with one vision in mind: To educate and bring relevant news to our community.

Amigoe Newspaper shares the lead up to the Caribbean Linked V Public Exhibition

Melissa Stamper shares an article leading up to the Caribbean Linked V public exhibition opening, taking place on Saturday, August 25th, 2018 at Caya Grandi and Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad, Aruba in the Friday, August 24th edition of Amigoe Newspaper!

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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. 

Caribbean Linked V Public Exhibition

Ateliers ’89 in partnership with The Fresh Milk Art Platform and ARC Magazine is pleased to invite you to the opening of the public exhibition for Caribbean Linked V, which will take place Saturday, August 25th, 2018 across two spaces: Caya Grandi (Main Street) and Ateliers ’89, both in Oranjestad, Aruba.

RSVP to the event on Facebook here.

This year, the Caribbean Linked V regional residency programme seeks to take the concept of connectivity locally and regionally a step further by adding a focus on public art and community engagement. Artists have been invited to engage with Caya Grandi as a communal space, inserting pieces and performance art throughout the street while creating a platform for contemporary art and everyday life to seamlessly intersect. Creating the space for cultural exchanges and encounters to take place both in and outside of a gallery setting helps to dispel the myth that contemporary art is inaccessible, bridging the perceived gap between art and society. We hope this approach will generate greater interest in the artists’ practices and invite rich dialogue with the general public.

The opening of the public aspect of the exhibition will take place at 5:00 PM in the plaza in front of Aruba Trading at the beginning of Caya Grandi. The audience will then make their way down the street to view the public artworks & live performances on display all the way down to Plaza Niki Habibe. There will be champagne and music along the route by live DJs Nanof and Masbango in front of Aruba Trading and BonBini Bazaar respectively, and Massive the Brass Band will perform on the street’s tram.

There will also be a show by Crea Arte on at Maggy’s Perfumery, which the audience will make its way through between 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Buses will be waiting behind Maggy‘s to transport the audience to Ateliers ’89, Dominicanessenstraat 34 for the rest of the exhibition, refreshments, more drinks  and celebration!

Participants this year include Irvin Aguilar (Mexico/Aruba), Franz Caba (Dominican Republic), Kriston Chen (Trinidad & Tobago), Sharelly Emanuelson (Curacao), Gwladys Gambie (Martinique), Adam Patterson (Barbados), Velvet Zoe Ramos (Aruba), Averia Wright (The Bahamas, supported by the Charitable Arts Foundation of the Bahamas) and Raily Stiven Yance (Venezuela). This year’s writer-in-residence is Marina Reyes Franco (Puerto Rico) and the two visiting guest curators have been Alex Martínez Suárez (Dominican Republic) and Miguel López (Peru/Costa Rica).

Caribbean Linked is an initiative by Ateliers ’89, ARC Magazine and The Fresh Milk Art Platform, generously supported by 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, Elite Productions, the Department of Public Works (DOW) in Aruba and Aruba Bank, as well as number of local sponsors in Aruba.

For more information, call Ateliers ’89 at (+297) 565 4613, email or visit the Caribbean Linked website at, and follow the Caribbean Linked Facebook and Instagram pages for regular updates on the residency!

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 Exhibition Opening

Ateliers ’89, Oranjestad, Aruba, is pleased to invite you to the exciting events surrounding the regional residency Caribbean Linked IV, which is taking place August 1 through 23, 2016. This innovative programme sees twelve creatives from around the French, Spanish, English and Dutch Caribbean convening to produce new work and mount an exhibition, which will open at Ateliers ’89 on Sunday, August 21, 2016 with a free public reception starting at 7pm.

RSVP to the exhibition opening on Facebook here.

Caribbean Linked IV Exhibition Flyer
Artists this year include Frances Gallardo (Puerto Rico), Travis Geertruida (Curacao), Charlie Godet Thomas (Bermuda, supported by The Bermuda Arts Council), Nowé Harris-Smith (The Bahamas, supported by The Charitable Art Foundation of the Bahamas), Dominique Hunter (Guyana),  Tessa Mars(Haïti), Oneika Russell (Jamaica), Shanice Smith (Trinidad, supported by Alice Yard), Simon Tatum (The Cayman Islands, supported by the NGCI), Laura de Vogel (Aruba) and and visiting master artist Humberto Diaz (Cuba). This year’s writer-in-residence is David Knight Jr. (US Virgin Islands), co-founder of Moko Magazine.

Specially invited curators include María Elena Ortiz, associate curator at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and Pablo León de la Barra, curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum for the Latin American phase of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative.

The participants in Caribbean Linked IV.

The participants in Caribbean Linked IV.

Caribbean Linked is an initiative by Ateliers ’89, ARC Magazine and The Fresh Milk Art Platform, generously supported by our core sponsors Mondriaan Fonds and Stichting DOEN as well as a number of local sponsors in Aruba.

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

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.