In 2013, the luxury tobacco brand Davidoff announced the launch of its initiative to support Caribbean artists offering them the opportunity to participate in internationally recognized artist-in-residence programs while also bringing artists from around the world to the Dominican Republic to take up residencies at the Altos de Chavón School of Design, the country’s leading institution for art and design education, Sonia Kolesnikox-Jessop reports in this article for Blouin Artinfo.
The Davidoff Art Initiative started with five Caribbean artists selected to spend time in New York, Berlin, or Beijing and now it’s the turn of five international artists to experience the Caribbean’s influences.
Come January, Alia Farid (Kuwait/Puerto Rico), Nuria Montiel (Mexico), Cathleen Mooses (United States), Mathilde Rosier (France), and Soledad Salamé (Chile) will start 10-week residences in a new custom-built artist studio at the school.
“Ever since we initiated the Davidoff Art Initiative, we knew that we wanted to engage a dialogue between the Caribbean and the rest of the world,” Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, CEO of Oettinger Davidoff AG stated, “Our primary means to do so was to make sure Caribbean artists could
spend time overseas and international artists could spend a meaningful amount of time engaging with the arts and culture of this country and region.”
The artists were nominated by a global network of art professionals and selected by the Davidoff International Advisory Council. In addition to pursuing their own work during the residency, they will engage with students and the local cultural community.
While Farid works at the intersection of art and education through the activation of spaces for critical thinking and action, Montiel is interested in public art as it allows a space for dialogue and collective expression and Mooses’s practice looks at the regulation of landscapes, people and objects within specific geographic contexts. Salamé works explore intersections between technology and the environment, while multimedia artist Rosier’s haunting installations have looked at rituals, archaeology and psychology.