08/03/2015 Creating at Altos de Chavón

Residency work in progress, 2015. Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic

I asked myself if artists in residence can escape from being cultural tourists to transcend their trip under a creative impulse. What I am sure about is that art residencies brings special conditions for cultural exchanges between people form very different backgrounds and this context provoke new ideas, reflections and discussion on the participants.


Davidoff Art Initiative’s residency program at Altos de Chavón, was a great opportunity to visit for the first time Dominic Republic in conversation with artists, students, musicians and craftsmen.  It was an immerse experience where I explored new ideas about the meaning of art and the roll of artists in society. The residency opened questions that I am still thinking about around issues of race, colonialism, class, labor and pleasure. I spend most of my time travelling across the island, coming back and forth to the studio at Altos de Chavón to digest the experience and collected information during my trips.

Capecino sembradio, 2015.  Made in residency, Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic

Capecino sembradio, 2015. Made in residency, Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic

Trabajadora sembra, 2015.  Made in residency, Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic

Trabajadora sembra, 2015. Made in residency, Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic

Lemba Güira armadura, 2015  Iron, variable sizes

Lemba Güira armadura, 2015 Iron, variable sizes

Voz Francisca Despalille ManosTabaco, 2015.

Voz Francisca Despalille ManosTabaco, 2015.

Island Econonmy, 2015. Leaf, digital collage, 20 x 13 in

Island Econonmy, 2015. Leaf, digital collage, 20 x 13 in

View in the studio, 2015, Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic

View in the studio, 2015, Altos de Chavón, Dominican Republic