A report by Nicholas Forrest for Blouin Art Info.
The Davidoff Art Initiative (DAI) has announced the selection of three artists for its Spring 2017 Davidoff Residency Program. Patricia Castillo (b. 1972, Dominican Republic) will conduct her residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany; Jorge González (b. 1981, Puerto Rico) will conduct his residency at FLORA ars+natura in Bogota, Columbia; and Jesús “Bubu” Negrón (b. 1975, Puerto Rico) will conduct his residency at Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, China.
Patricia Castillo will consider the impact of new spatial contexts on the creation of art by engaging with the city of Berlin as a site of perpetual transformation. Jorge González will collaborate with his Puerto Rican collective Escuela de Oficios to create sculptural works incorporating local Bogotan artisan traditions and native materials. Jesús “Bubu” Negrón will build upon a project he initiated with Puerto Rico’s local Chinese population with the intention of creating artistic ethnographic documents.
DAI Manager Albertine Kopp said that it is exciting to collaborate with these artists and to see the energy that they bring to their different practices, as well as the DAI’s growing international network. “We are proud to continue our mission of increasing the visibility of Caribbean artists, as well as opening further opportunities for creative collaboration, conversation and exchange, in partnership with some of the world’s foremost cultural institutions,” she said.
The Davidoff Art Residency is the centerpiece of the Davidoff Art Initiative which encompasses four program areas: Art Residency, Art Dialogues, Art Grants, and Art Editions. Launched in 2012, the Residency program aims to support Caribbean art and artists while also promoting cross-cultural engagement. The program partners with global institutions around the world to offer emerging and mid-career artists the opportunity to engage in leading residency programs.
The selection committee of the Davidoff Art Advisory Council includes: Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York; Pablo Léon de la Barra, UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, Guggenheim Museum; Dominique Bluhdorn, President of the Altos de Chavón Cultural Center Foundation, Dominican Republic; Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard, CEO Oettinger Davidoff AG; Sara Hermann, Dominican art historian, curator; and András Szántó, writer and Chief Consultant to the Davidoff Art Initiative.