Exhibition focuses on the other ‘face’ of the Caribbean
‘Looking at the other ‘face”. Seeing images that usually remain hidden. This is the theme of the exhibition ‘Faces’. This group exhibition connects various disciplines: photography, art, video and dance. Three highly esteemed artists from Rotterdam, The Netherlands and New York City take part in the exhibition:
Faranú (winner ‘Talent of the Year 2012’ award), director / choreographer Gabri Christa (named one of the 100 most promising upcoming film makers of the world in 2008) and Mike Redman (award winning multidisciplinary artist). Independent curator Sasha Dees was instrumental in bringing ‘Faces’ to New York. Residency Unlimited hosted the group exhibition on June 19th, 2012.
Sunny beaches and a clear blue sea is the image most people get when they think about the Caribbean island of Curaçao. Many people consider this place an ideal holiday destination. FACES reveals a more raw, artistic side of the island. The exhibition invites you to look at the other ‘face’ of Curaçao. Or rather: look at previously hidden faces. Actual faces.
To see something when there is nothing requires a different way of looking at it: you have to really allow your eyes some time. You will get to a new layer of observation when you focus on something that you would normally just pass by. Hidden images will rise to the surface. Just think about a deck of clouds: usually people don’t really pay attention to this. But if you really focus, you can see many shapes that are more than just ‘a cloud’. The beach of Curaçao gave artist, film maker and musician Mike Redman a similar experience. This was the beginning of the exhibition.
On one of the beaches of Curaçao, Mike was admiring the view, when suddenly he felt like he was the one being looked at. But it wasn’t a person that was staring at him; it was a piece of coral, washed up on the shore, that clearly had the shape of a skull. From this moment on Mike walked the beach with a different outlook; he suddenly came across more and more faces. This resulted in an interesting series of photos. It is important to know that the compositions are not arranged or edited; the faces that are visible, are exactly as Mike found them. He took their picture like that.
When visual artist Faranú saw Mike’s photos, she made charcoal drawings based upon them. When you look at those drawings, unexpected images will arise, that in their turn remind viewers of eroded stones and beaches. Her impressive drawings seem to be an endless source for the imagination of its beholder.
Gabri Christa brings an important addition to Mike Redman’s and Faranú’s work. The artist and choreographer, who lives in New York, invites viewers to look at even more faces from Curaçao. In her short film ‘Quarantine’, an old man looks at the image he has of his young self. The film is situated in a decayed quarantine building, dating from the slavery period. The young man dances an impressive choreography to modern music.
After ‘Faces’ was successfully exhibited in the Netherlands, Sasha Dees, an independent curator and producer brought the exhibition to New York. Sasha works on international art projects between Amsterdam and New York.
For more information, please visit the exhibition’s website:
And the ‘Faces of Curaçao’ video: