My residency was from April 1st through June 22th of 2016.
I came with curiosity, open to discover what Bethanien and Berlin had to offer and what I could give back.
Located in the heart of Kreuzberg, Berlin, Bethanien is an art residency where many international contemporary artist of any discipline converge, the space inspires and fosters a multitude of approaches. It gives you facilities to work with any medium: you can have access to several kinds of workshops, devices and tools, and also a library with special focus in contemporary art. The residency is a very social environment: artists at the residency have meetings regularly and share a lot with each other, several curators visited my studio to talk about my work, and Davidoff Art Initiative also organized social activities, as an open studio… So I had a lot of social interaction.
Since I work with different mediums and disciplines, I decided to do a couple of painting and a video performance. The works that I did were based on ideas that I already had before coming to the residency, but the shape that these ideas took was affected by the context in which I was working. I did three paintings of the series “Despojos” (Remains): this series is a metaphorical representation of a decadent or destroyed state of human condition. The other work that I did is the video-performance “Drop” where I continue exploring the tedious, patience, concentration, and physical resistant by a simple and repetitive action sustained for a long period of time. In this work I spend over nine hours filling a glass with a dropper and drawing a little line on a paper for every drop that put in the glass.
I think that the most important aspect of an experience like this is not what I did during my stay, but what I keep from it and how I incorporate it into my life and professional practice. New ideas and thoughts about my art emerged as a consequence of my experience as an artist in residency at Bethanien, and it will deeply affect my future work. It was an amazing experience to discover the city of Berlin: its fascinating history, museums, places, people… it offers a great diversity of artistic and cultural activities. I loved cycling the city and sundays at the mauerpark. The contextual shift made me see things in a different way, rethink my creative process, and as a consequence, get a new perspective on my work and my live.
I left Berlin on June 26th with the certainty that I will come back soon.
Now, back in the Dominican Republic, I am processing this experience and realizing that I grew as an artist and as a person.