Sasha Dees is the first curator/writer in residence at Uniarte in our brand new location in Carthagenastraat 18, Otrobanda, Curaçao.

Sasha Dees founded her production company in 1998 and has worked as an independent producer, curator and writer in all art disciplines, visual art, performing arts, literature and film ever since. Dees works with numerous artists and art-organizations internationally; producing, programming and scouting talent for a range of venues and festivals as well as advising on projects, exchanges and collaborations. Next to her own company, she is the co-founder with Philip Powel of the not for profit John106 (2003). Dees’ is currently working on a book based on the travel she did from November 2017 until May 2019 mapping out the art infrastructure in Contemporary Art on 15 islands in the Caribbean region. Writing is in part made possible by Mondriaan Fonds, Marguerite de Rooy, UniArte, Nina Jurna (Rio de Janeiro), and Ateliers ’89 (Aruba).

Brief description of residency program

The Uniarte residency in Otrobanda, Willemstad, Curaçao, is open to visual artists, curators, performers, cultural agents and researchers. Uniarte will grant the resident the opportunity to house their individual practice and undergo a collaborate project with other artists and/or community members. This residency invites the resident to develop and undertake a specific research question that will enhance their individual practice and that is related to the (Dutch) Caribbean context and encourages the resident to experiment on things they have not done before. Through this residency the resident will have the self-responsibility to get more experience by presenting their work to the local audience, engage in discussions and critic sessions with local artists and visitors, have a tangible outcome like workshop, lecture sessions or exhibition, and further develop the professional skills needed to support and sustain their practice. Resident will benefit from the insight of its active studio members and through studio visits, location visits or events across the island. In part made possible by BankGiro Loterij Fonds, Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie, ENNIA Feel secure en MCB BankCard Services