Cayman Compass shares ‘Artist attends Caribbean Linked program’

Charles Duncan reports for the Cayman Compass newspaper on the participation of Caymanian artist Simon Tatum in the Caribbean Linked IV residency programme, which took place at Ateliers ’89 in Aruba between August 1-23, 2016.

Read an excerpt from the article below, and view the full piece on the Cayman Compass website here:

‘Boat Builder’ by Simon Tatum

‘Boat Builder’ by Simon Tatum

20160111-simon-tatum-at-ngci-read-onlyBodden Town’s Simon Tatum recently had the opportunity to attend the fourth Caribbean Linked artist residency program in Aruba.

Mr. Tatum, who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Drawing at the University of Missouri, was the first Caymanian artist to participate in the regional residency project for young and emerging Caribbean artists, which took place from Aug. 1 to Aug. 23.

Mr. Tatum’s work focuses primarily on Caymanian history and uses appropriated photographs from the Cayman Islands National Archives. His work also draws upon themes of colonial history, migration, and the exploration of personal identity within the context of a Caribbean cultural background.

“My intention is to communicate to the Caymanian people the condition of our history and how easily it can be manipulated by outside sources,” he said.

“My work promotes information literacy to further stimulate a creative society.”

Since beginning his studies, Mr. Tatum has had his work shown in local galleries in Missouri, and has taken part in several group exhibitions since 2014. In 2014 he was one of 23 artists featured in the exhibition “tIDal shift – Explorations of Identity” in Contemporary Caymanian Art at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. It was during this exhibition that gallery director Natalie Urquhart introduced Simon’s work to Caribbean Linked executives.

Caribbean Linked is organized by Ateliers ’89 Foundation in collaboration with ARC Inc. and the Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. It is aimed at building awareness across disparate creative communities by bringing together emerging artists from Anglophone, Francophone, Hispanic and Dutch Antillean Caribbean islands. This year 10 artists and one master artist took part.

The residency acts as the foundation of a community of artists from all over the Caribbean and provides a space for artists, creative activists, writers and critics to build relationships and connections across the creative industries, while developing a stronger portfolio and participating in global conversations.

“It is wonderful to see a young Caymanian artist chosen for such an exciting opportunity,” said Ms. Urquhart.

“Residencies, like Caribbean Linked, not only offer artists time to work, but place artists in new communal contexts with new peers and mentors from all over the world. These factors create an environment where artists can make substantial jumps in their work in a short amount of time. The National Gallery is very proud to support Simon and watch him continue to achieve great things.”

Read the full article here.

Caribbean Linked IV announced in Diario Aruba

Local Aruban newspapers Diario Aruba shares an article on Caribbean Linked IV in their Saturday, July 30, 2016 edition!

Take a look at the full article in Papiamento on Diario Aruba here announcing this year’s residency & exhibition programme at Ateliers ’89!

*NB – there are some inconsistencies with artists’ names and countries in the original version of this article.

Evento-Caribbean-Linked-Iv-na-Ateliers-89ORANJESTAD (AAN)– Diamars awor 2 di augustus ateliers ’89 fundacion ta presenta e proyecto di arte caribense unico den su genero y mas aprecia actualmente yama ”Caribbean linked iv”. cu un presentacion den su black box di e curador di momento Pablo Leon de la Barra procedente di Mexico!

Durante tres siman e artistanan invita den residencia na ateliers ’89, lo presenta, discuti y traha nan obranan cu lo wordo presenta na final, diadomingo 22 di augustus den e salanan magno di exposicion na ateliers ’89 unda publico en general ta wordo cordialmente invita pa ta participe di e interesante evento aki y su anochinan di presentacion, charla y exposicion.

Asina, Ateliers ’89 Academia di Bellas Artes Aruba ta invita un y tur pa e anochi di inicio di un serie di charla internacional pa e artistanan invita den su Black Box. E charlanan aki lo sigui tur anochi di siman pa e dos siman y mey cu ta bini. 13 artista y 3 curador lo ta participe di e evento di Ateliers ’89 titula Caribbean Linked iv. lo ta un ocasion pa no perde di bin siña conoce e artistanan, nan obra y persona durante e charlanan aki. E curadornan lo trece e tension necesario padilanti discutiendo e obranan di cada artista y nan mes un pensamento di kiko ta e arte contemporaneo actual. Pablo León de La Barra ta wordo sigui pa Maria Elena Ortiz di Museo PAMM di Miami, y Holly Bynoe di St. Vincent y curadora actualmente na e National Gallery of Bahamas y directora di ARC Magazine. Tur ta curadornan hopi interesante mirando e posicionnan clave cu nan ta ocupa den Caribe.

Tambe lo ta presente pa publico life riba internet for di e Black Box y riba Facebook, e escritor David Knight for di Islas Virgenes. Life stream y filmacion lo ta bou di coordinacion di Ryan Oduber y Alexis Tromp. Y trabounan di publicidad y guia di e artistanan durante na estadia na Ateliers ’89 ta den encargo di Katherine Kennedy, Barbados cu a traha un pagina web hopi bunita mes pa CLIV. Hunto cu e artista Arubiano Robin de Vogel kende a bin ta preparando tur e artistanan pa nan estadia ta uno agradabel na Aruba. E 11 artistanan invita ta: Frances Gallardo Puerto Rico, Travis Geertruida Curacao, Charlie Godet Thomas Bermuda, Nowé Harris Bahamas, Tessa Mars Haiti, Oneika Russel Jamaica, Shanice Smith Trinidad, Simon Tatum Cayman Islands, Humberto Diaz Cuba y Laura de Vogel Aruba. No por perde e oportunidad unico aki y bin e anochinan aki na Ateliers ’89 y ta participe di e charla y discusion di e curador di momento Pablo León de La Barra. Bin como artista y bin mustra e curador bo mes un obra, bin como amante di arte y sea participe e presentacionnan y discusionnan, bin como bo mes y disfruta di e gran momento aki den nos historia di arte contemporaneo internacional y Caribense y e evento grandi aki Caribbean Linked IV.