The Caribbean Linked VI resident artists at Ateliers ‘89

Ateliers 89 Punto Di Beyas Arte Aruba, in collaboration with The Fresh Milk Art Platform, Barbados and ARC Magazine is pleased to announce that the regional artist residency Caribbean Linked VI will be taking place at Ateliers ‘89, Oranjestad, Aruba from July 25 th through August 16 th , 2022. The official opening event will be held on Wednesday, July 27 th from 7pm – 12am.

Creatives from around the French, Spanish, English and Dutch Caribbean will convene to produce work, meet cultural practitioners in the Aruban art community, participate in public talks, blog about their experience and present a closing showcase of works during this three week period. The final event and exhibition opening will be held on Sunday, August 14 th .

Caribbean Linked is a space for building awareness across disparate creative communities of the Caribbean. This residency allows 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, acting as a bridging year for some of the participants to connect with one another and have discussions about their work before meeting physically this year.

Participating artists in 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).

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.

Caribbean Linked VI is made possible by 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, Cayman National Cultural Foundation (CNCF), the Ministry of YSCH (Cayman Islands), The Charitable Arts Foundation of the Bahamas and the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.