25 February, 6 – 8 PM  (postponed due to Covid and again  due to storm Eunice)

Join us for our first BOOK presentation of the new year Entangled Species by writer and curator Sasha Dees.

Sasha Dees has written a wonderful art travelogue, connecting the dots in the little-known contemporary art world of the Caribbean. While visiting artists in almost twenty countries, she also describes the diverse region itself painting a picture of its vibrant cultures. A must-read for those with a professional interest in the Caribbean art scene, and highly recommended for travelers whose interest reaches beyond the region’s beaches. – Max Westerman, journalist

,,Met haar passie voor kunst en voor de Cariben, neemt Sasha Dees de lezer mee op reis door deze bijzondere regio. De prachtige foto’s van werken van de kunstenaars maken dit boek een echte gids voor iedereen die van kunst en van het Caribisch gebied houdt”.  – Nina Jurna,  Latijns Amerika correspondent NRC & NOS

An exciting new publication that indirectly invites us to dialogue on what contemporary art is at the intersection of power, privilege, government, and funders who commodity art. This book highlights the artistic distinctiveness of the individuals who lay bare what binds them: their multiple social identities forged in marginalized peoples who are dismantling their colonial past and redefining via their art the face of the Caribbean. Brilliant work Sasha Dees! Congratulations to all who contributed to this work! – Derrick Brown, University Bern

Sasha Dees geeft met Entangled Species een indrukwekkend overzicht van de infrastructuur van hedendaagse kunst in de Cariben. Een bewijs dat spannende kunst niet alleen uit het westen komt maar ook dat er hier meer bewustzijn voor moet groeien. Dees’ boek geeft een mooie eerste uitnodigende aanzet daartoe.  – Marcel Musters, mede oprichter mugmedegoudentand, Amsterdam

Congratulations on your beautiful book, crystal clear, authentic, and inspiring and I realize how little I really know about this region. So I’m going to take my time to take it in really well, but I want to thank you now for mapping it out, traveling with you, through your eyes. Your years of commitment, generosity, modesty, and fire are contagious and I really hope that the museum directors listen to you: don’t call me, but call people from this book.  – Willemijn Lamp, director Read My World Literary Festival Amsterdam

My initial feeling about the book stands up beautifully throughout the 300 pp. To me, you’ve written more than an information resource for artists wanting to work in the Caribbean: You’ve written a monograph in the form of analysis, travelogue, and engaging conversation that gets to the spirit of art-making. It’s a big book handled with aplomb. Cheers to you for a job well done!!” Shawn Stewart Ruff, author New York

Wat een geweldig boek heb je gemaakt! Zo enorm uitgebreid informatief op zoveel verschillende fronten over àl die eilanden! En dan ziet het er heel mooi uit ook nog. Heerlijk om te lezen over bijvoorbeeld je problemen bij het reizen naar de verschillende eilanden. Dat is iets wat ik nooit duidelijk kon maken wanneer ik iemand in NL probeerde uit te leggen hoe moeilijk het is hier in de regio te exposeren. Kortom; pabien!! – Ellen Spijkstra, kunstenaar, Curacao

Her book Entangled Species, Conversations on Contemporary Art in the Caribbean is the result of a fifteen-month research project. After having spent two decades working and traveling in the region, Sasha visited sixteen countries in the Caribbean (including Barbados, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the Virgin Islands) from November 2017 to May 2019. She interviewed over 800 artists and art professionals. Some she knew previously, many she met as she researched and traveled.

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Kunstinstituut Melly
Witte de Withstraat 50
3012 BR Rotterdam, NL
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