Yornel J. Martínez Elías (Manzanillo, Cuba 1981)
Yornel Martinez has developed his work within the post-conceptual practice through technical formalizations and diverse materials. He studied at the Higher Institute of Art in Havana, Cuba, where he lives and works. He subverts the function of discursive elements –books, fonts, texts, archives– in order to alter their meaning. Creating a connection between words and image plays a leading role in his practice.
He has participated in the 6th Salon of Contemporary Cuban Art and in the XII Biennial of Havana as well as in the Aichi Triennale, Nagoya, Japan. Selected recent solo and group exhibitions include: 2016 “Mi mano derecha no sabe lo que escribe mi mano izquierda”, Biblioteca Nacional José Martí. La Habana, Cuba; “Transhumance, Beyond Cuban Horizons”, CAB Art Center. Bruselas, Belgium; “Intersecciones”, The Hoffman Gallery. Portland, USA; “Nano, (Remake)”, Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales CDAV. La Habana, Cuba; “Puente abierto”, Galería Evolución. Lima, Perú; “Line up”, Galería La Acacia. La Habana, Cuba; “Poesía para ver. Expo de poesía visual cubana”, Casa de la Poesía. La Habana, Cuba; 2015 Intervención en la librería, Librería Fayad Jamís. XII Bienal de La Habana. La Habana, Cuba; 2014: “El arte es nuestra última esperanza”, Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona (USA).
Yornel Martinez Davidoff Art Initiative artist in residence at Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in collaboration with Atelier Mondial.
October - December 2017
Tessa Mars (b. 1985, Port-au-Prince, Haiti)
Tessa Mars is a Haitian visual artist living and working in Port-au-Prince.
Photo Credit: Gerard Gaskin
Rodell Warner (b. 1986, Trinidad and Tobago) is a photographer, multi media artist and graphic designer whose works assume various forms in a process of exploration and rediscovery. He harnesses facets of new media, digital media and photography, creating unique patterns and projections that have become key characteristics in some aspects of his artistic production. Through his digital creations, Warner participates within a global framework of discourse about the nature of digital possibilities and brings unseen aspects of nature into view. How we see, think, and interact are brought into question as Warner seeks to reveal what is already there.
His work has been exhibited in South Africa, U.S.A. U.K., Trinidad, Barbados, Canada, Jamaica and Aruba.
Rodell Warner is the artist commissioned for the Limited Art Edition 2017.
Jorge González (b. 1981, San Juan, Puerto Rico) conceptual artist who researches landscape, its ecology and material output, and through the lens of modern architecture manifests a sculptural practice with deep socio-economic context.
Jesús ‘Bubu’ Negrón
Jesús Cruz Negrón (b. 1975, Puerto Rico)
Jesús Cruz Negrón, fondly known as Bubu, re-contextualizes the everyday with minimal intervention and relational approximation, revealing historic, social, and economic vitality.
Patricia Castillo (b. 1972, Dominican Republic) is an interdisciplinary artist who seeks to activate and energize space through geometric, often utilitarian forms comprised of found materials.
She studied Fine Arts and Illustration at the School of Design de Chavón, Dominican Republic, and has participated in numerous group exhibitions across the Caribbean and the United States.
Patricia continued to expand her artistic development attending the Fine Arts School Frederic Chopin, Bogotá, Colombia and completing studies in Graphic Design at the University Action Pro Education & Culture (UNAPEC), Santo Domingo.
Her most recent solo exhibitions, Where am I going? and Health, were presented at the Cultural Center of Spain and the 6th Caribbean Biennial, both in Santo Domingo.
Patricia Castillo is Davidoff Art Initiative artist in residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, Germany .
April - June 2017
Claire Trotignon (b. 1983, Paris, France) questions classical tropes and notions of reality by deconstructing architectonic space. She received a degree in visual arts with special mention from the École supérieure des beaux-arts de Tours (FR) in 2006 and a postgraduate diploma with special mention in 2008. Her work has been presented recently at Untitled Art Fair Miami in 2015 ; at the Centre Pompidou Metz in 2013, Kit Peak & Turn off the light please ; and her last composition The reprieve of the pleiades has been acquired by the Public National Library of New York in 2016. Her most recent show was a new specific installation entitled The adjustable ruins and the nappers, at the CAC Le SHED in Rouen, France.
Nastasia Meyrat (b. 1991, Switzerland) manifests an interdisciplinary approach to engage dialogue around cultural interconnectivity, social identity, and utopian possibilities. She received a BFA with honours from HEAD Geneva University of Art and Design, in 2013 and a Masters in 2015. Meyrat was a resident at the 4th Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince (Haiti), where she developed a cultural exchange project alongside her anthropologist sister. She was selected for the New HEADS – BNP Paribas Foundation Art Awards prize in 2015, concurrent with the group exhibition GET OUT, curated by Latifa Echakhch.
Recent exhibitions include Contributing to the shrinking in the dwelling, Zabriskie Point, Geneva in 2015; and Always Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide, Urgent Paradise (Lausanne) in 2016.
Nastasia Meyrat will be an artist in residence in Altos de Chavón 2017 as part of Davidoff’s international residency.
Yan Xing (b. 1986, Chongqing, China) is known for his multi-component, interdisciplinary projects that combine diverse media such as performance, video, photography and installation.
María Inés Rodríguez
María Inés Rodríguez is a curator (b. Colombia, 1968). She is the Director of the CAPC - Museum of contemporary art in Bordeaux, since February of 2014. Before she lead the artistic program of the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) in Mexico City. As MUAC’s Chief Curator, she was in charge of the development of the public programs, collections and exhibitions. Prior to her appointment in Mexico she was Chief Curator at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y Léon (MUSAC) in Spain, one of the leading collecting institutions in Spain. There she developed a program dealing with the links between artistic production and historic, political and social contexts, favoring a dialogue on the local and global. Parallel to her curatorial work, Rodríguez has organized public lectures and exhibitions around the topics of printed matter and architecture.
Born in Colombia, she studied Fine Arts at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá and continued her post-graduate education at the École Supérieure d’Art Visuel in Geneva. Exhibition projects include Bocas de Ceniza / Juan Manuel Echavarría, Cuando el río Suena / Ma. Angélica Medina, Alliance Francaise, Bogotá; MDE 07 biennial (with José Roca, Ana Cohen, Jaime Cerón, Oscar Muñoz) Medellín; ARCO project rooms 08, 09 and 2010; 100% Colombie Urbaine, Paris; Moderno Salvaje – Alexander Apóstol at the Commercial Gallery, San Juan; De lo Mismo a lo de Siempre: Informal Strategies for the Appropriation of Public Space at UNIA Sevilla; Instant City, Instituto de México, Paris to highlight her early works and collaborations.
María Inés Rodríguez will be the curator in residence in Altos de Chavón 2017 as part of Davidoff’s international residency.
Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva is a cultural explorer, journalist, art critic, and entrepreneur. She co-founded Pipeline contemporary art magazine in Hong Kong in 2011 and was its Editor-in-Chief until its closure in May 2016.
Cristina was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1976 where she lived briefly before moving to Moscow, then Paris. She received a DESS degree (equivalent to master’s degree in English-speaking systems) in International Relations/Political Prospective from Paris V University (while also spending time in New York and London).
After working as a strategy consultant for a communication agency in Paris, she moved to Asia as a Tour Leader with the Australian small adventure tour company, Intrepid, where she led cultural tours in China (from the Silk Road to Sichuan to Tibet), Mongolia, Russia, but also Vietnam, Cambodia, and Central Asia. She moved to Beijing in 2005 and volunteered at the second edition of the Dashanzi International Art Festival (DIAF) in 798 art district as artist liaison and the occasional light engineer.
Her experience as an art exhibition organiser also includes producing and creating a participatory public art installation Sense Your Way (as an artist) in Chaoyang district Beijing and working in a gallery in Hong Kong in 2008 and 2009. As a writer, she has visited and written about multiple exhibitions in Asia (from all the regional fairs and biennales in Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila, and Jakarta) and in Europe (Basel, Barcelona, Prague, Berlin, Kassel, Venice, London, Paris, and Lisbon). Her area of specialty is contemporary art with an edge for the under-covered, emerging practices, and photography. She currently writes for Artforum, Frieze, Hyperallergic, and Ocula, among others titles.
Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva will be the writer in residence in Altos de Chavón 2017 as part of Davidoff’s international residency.