Narrative report submitted by Alicia Milne and Luis Vasquez to the Prince Claus Fund after the culmination of their artists residency at the Open Ateliers Zuidoost Artist in Residence (OAZO AIR) in Amsterdam in July and August 2013
Our time here in Amsterdam has been great so far. I am trying to summarize the majority of what we have done. We arrived on a Tuesday (2nd July) night, having left Tobago for Germany on Monday afternoon, and met Sasha at the residency. She showed us the space and we had a meal together. We had much of the next day to begin recovering from the jet lag (which has been about a week long process).
In the afternoon we went to the opening of the Bachelor show at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie where we met Ruud Lanfermeijer and Ralph de Lange. We are meeting up with Ruud soon for him to give us a crash course in public art. It was interesting to see the work coming out of this program; the ideas and the work were not that different to work coming out of the Bachelor program at UWI - the main differences were the physical and institutional support for the realisation of the projects and the amount of interested people there viewing the work. As Sasha said, it’s important to see that the myth is not true, the work produced here and in the Caribbean is not that different in that regard.
We had our presentation at CBK Zuidoost on Thursday. We showed our work as well as some of the happenings at Alice Yard. The presentation was well attended and, I think, well received. We got positive feedback and it was a good opportunity to meet many artists that live in the community where we are staying - Raquel Van Haver, Neil Fortune and Hector Raphaela to name a few.
The week ahead was filled of lots of gallery visits and events as Sasha was leaving for the states on the 11th and she wanted us to meet as many people as possible before she left. We met up was past Gerrit Rietveld graduate and current De Ateliers Academie resident, Mila Lanfermeijer. She showed us around the De Ateliers building and explained a bit about the program while we visited her in her studio. This visit was the first in a series of visits we are doing at academies and masters programs in Amsterdam. We want to see what some possible avenues are for development of our practices. We later went to Podium Mozaïek for a dance performance by Sébastian Ramirez and Honji Wang - really great.
We also went to see the work of Simone Bennet at the Berm Collectief. There we viewed a collection of her photographs and two short films - Motor and Truth Machine. I really liked her the strong tense imagery in her work. Then onto de Appel for a performance from MYOGRAPHY by Daniela Bershan and the opening of Farida Sedou’s In God We Trust at Ultra de la Rue. And finally a night out in Rotterdam with Sasha and friends.
We met up with Jabu Arnell and Su Tomesen to see Jabu’s work in On Fresh Soil at W139 space. Su has been so kind to give us both copies of her short Balls and Girls, which we will be seeing very soon as our schedule is slowing down. Jabu’s and Simone Bennet’s work have been my favourites so far. We also met Cuban artist Yaima Carrazana and discussed her nail polish tutorials.
This week has ended with Virulent Still Life at the Tropen Museum and a studio visit with Imre Bergmann. We also tagged along with Sharelly Emanuelson of Uniarte to Groningen to see Hector Raphaela’s graduation show from Academie Minerva after Rosabelle Illes and Robin De Vogel came by for breakfast.
We are happy to be meeting so many artists, curators and other creatives. We are also excited to get into the studio to work!