A report by Nicholas Forrest for Blouin Art Info.
Havana-based artist Yornel Martínez Elias has been announced as the fall 2017 resident of the Basel Davidoff Art Residency, from October through December. The Cuban post-conceptualist is the third artist to Davidoff Art Iniviative’s Basel residency program in collaboration with the Art Institute at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design and Atelier Mondial, following Guillermo Rodríguez (b. 1986, Puerto Rico) and Michael Linares (b. 1979, Puerto Rico).
Continuing his ongoing practice of emphasizing and investigating the connection between words and images with an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, which enables him to amplify his interest in what he describes as “visually transcending limits of language,” Martinez will aim to achieve a “reconstruction of a virtual experience emphasizing the creative act and the experience of participants” among other goals during his Basel residency.
Commenting on his residency, Martinez said: “It is a place and space for great new ideas, and where dialogues and diverse disciplines around contemporary creation coexist; where education participates with other interdisciplinary and collaborative focusses. It can be enriching to participate in these strategies of disciplinary integration as a way to deal with certain problems contained in my work. My future work could benefit from it a lot.”
The Davidoff Art Initiative (DAI) aims to support contemporary art and artists in the Caribbean, strengthen art organizations, and foster cultural engagement between the Caribbean and the rest of the world. For the Basel residency, each year an artist from the Caribbean is invited to spend three months in residency facilities at Atelier Mondial in Basel and to collaborate with Chus Martínez, head of the Art Institute, in the teaching activities at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design.