In res­i­dence

David­off se­lects new artists for its Art Res­i­dency pro­gram

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The David­off Art Ini­tia­tive (DAI) has an­nounced the lat­est se­lec­tion of artists to par­tic­i­pate in the David­off Art Res­i­dency pro­gram for the au­tumn of 2015 and spring of 2016.

Orig­i­nally launched in 2013, with res­i­den­cies in New York and Ber­lin, the Art Res­i­dency pro­gram cur­rently part­ners with four or­gan­i­sa­tions world­wide: the In­ter­na­tional Stu­dio & Cu­ra­to­rial Pro­gram (ISCP) in Brooklyn, New York; Kün­stler­haus Bethanien Ber­lin; the Red Gate Gallery in Bei­jing; and the most re­cent ad­di­tion, an­nounced this sum­mer, the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel and Ate­lier Mondial and Ate­lier Mondial, in Basel.

Rep­re­sent­ing a di­verse range of artis­tic prac­tices and ori­gins within the Caribbean re­gion, the se­lected artists are Luís Fer­mín Ce­bal­los (b. 1978, Do­mini­can Repub­lic), David Gumbs (b. 1977, Guade­loupe), Hulda Guzmán (b. 1984, Do­mini­can Repub­lic), and Guillermo Ro­dríguez (b. 1986, Puerto Rico).

Guzmán, who was se­lected for the res­i­dency at the In­ter­na­tional Stu­dio & Cu­ra­to­rial Pro­gram (ISCP), New York, said, “Dur­ing this res­i­dency I plan to fo­cus on nar­ra­tive work—the art of sto­ry­telling. Just as the sit­u­a­tions of my in­su­lar at­mos­phere were re­counted in ear­lier works, I will now step out of my com­fort zone and ex­pe­ri­ence the taste of New York, with its cul­tural diver­sity and con­stant flow of cre­ative en­ergy, and al­low it to in­fuse what I cre­ate.”

“This David­off Art Res­i­dency is an op­por­tu­nity to fos­ter a cul­tural di­a­logue with, and be im­pacted by, an artis­tic com­mu­nity that I may not have had the chance to en­gage with oth­er­wise,” added Guillermo Ro­driguez, the artist se­lected for the new res­i­dency in Switzer­land, which will op­er­ate in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the FNHW and Ate­lier Mondial.

“It also al­lows me to ex­pand my ex­plo­ration of form and mat­ter in my work, as way to con­vey mean­ing, a way of think­ing with and through ob­jects.”

The David­off Art Ini­tia­tive aims to sup­port con­tem­po­rary art and artists in the Caribbean, in par­tic­u­lar the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, and to fos­ter cul­tural en­gage­ment be­tween the Caribbean and the rest of the world. As a part of the ini­tia­tive, the David­off Art Res­i­dency pro­vides emerg­ing and mid­ca­reer Caribbean artists an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in lead­ing res­i­dency pro­grams world­wide and to make con­nec­tions within global net­works, gain ex­po­sure for their work and en­gage with the com­mu­ni­ties where the res­i­den­cies take place.

The ini­tia­tive also spon­sors the David­off In­ter­na­tional Art Res­i­dency, which hosts in­ter­na­tional artists at the re­cently com­pleted res­i­dency fa­cil­i­ties in Al­tos de Chavón School of Design in La Ro­mana, at Casa de Campo in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, cre­at­ing a fully two-way cul­tural ex­change be­tween the Caribbean re­gion and the global art com­mu­nity.

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