The FRESH MILK Art Platform Inc’s Satellite Programme in collaboration with the Instituto Buena Bista

By Annalee Davis Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 Categories: ARC Partners, Updates

FRESH MILK is pleased to collaborate with the Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) in November 2012 as part of our Satellite Programme. The aim of Fresh Milk’s Satellite Programme is to link informal networks throughout the region and in the diaspora by coordinating a series of interactive projects. These projects support Fresh Milk’s mission to function as a hub for local, regional and diasporic exchanges  nurturing contemporary creatives while contributing to an increasingly sustainable creative environment.

About the IBB: The idea for an institute for contemporary art in Curacao existed for a long time in the minds of visual artists David Bade and Tirzo Martha, but in 2006 the time was right to take that step. Together with art historian Nancy Hoffmann, they gave a firm base to the Instituto Buena Bista, that was built on three pillars that give the institute its strength; the development of young talent through an orientation course, a thorough program of artist in residencies and a network in the field of education and research. Martha and Bade support the IBB from their own professional framework and offer the students an intensive year of learning experiences and complete dedication.

The IBB offers upcoming artists a framework that makes it possible for them to find their way to a professional career in the arts, and since its inception they have already accompanied three levies of young talents to art schools or applied art schools in the Netherlands and the Caribbean region. Fresh Milk welcomes co‐founders of the IBB David Bade and Tirzo Martha, visiting Dutch artist Erik Habets and three IBB students: Rashid Pieter, Kristel Rigaud and Dominic Schmetz, to the platform from November 25th – December 2nd. During their time here, they will be conducting workshops and critiques with students at the Barbados Community College and visiting local artists’ studios.

Kristel Riguad IBB student

Dominic Schmetz IBB student

Rashid Pieter IBB student

On Thursday, November 29th, FRESH MILK IX will be hosted at the Milking Parlour Studio from 7:00pm, which will feature David, Tirzo and Erik giving a presentation about the IBB, and a performance piece by our current artist in residence Alberta Whittle titled ‘Hustle de Money – a Performance by Bertie aka Big Red aka General outta Glitter Zone.’ Also at FRESH MILK IX, we will be having a FRESH Exhibition and Art Sale, showcasing work by artists who have been involved with Fresh Milk’s activities thus far, supporting them and celebrating their contribution to the platform.

David Bade

David Bade’s (Curacao, 1970) multi‐talented career lifted off in 1993, when he ended up as one of the finalists in the Dutch Prix, the Rome award for drawing. Starting with drawing, his work developed into total environments built up out of installations and sculptures, in which his love for drawing (and painting) still plays a dominant role. The content of his work adds up to a poetic and critical reflection on society, combined with our collective memory and his personal views on modern life in which a playful use of language draws the viewer into an eclectic world of fiction and reality. Initially trained as a teacher, Bade divides his time between the studio and his strong drive to connect to the outside world. From 1998, after an almost delirious project with 300 teenagers in Museum Jan Cunen in the Dutch city of Oss, community workshops in public space have become an important way of involving the public in constructing his environments built out of ‘dead materials’, words and imagination. Since returning to his island of birth, Curacao, Bade has been working for the Instituto Buena Bista (of which he is a co‐founder), scouting young talent from the island, supporting their future in the artistic field and using his role to defend and mediate the arts.

Tirzo Martha and David Bade. Image courtesy Kultura.

Tirzo Martha:

Martha’s urge and necessity to create art has its origin not in his ability to be creative, but in his humanitarian and social engagement. As a child, Martha was not a drawer or an active creative being. He was always reacting critically on the conditions surrounding him in his neighborhood. The decaying social conditions in his beloved neighborhood Buena Vista had been bothering him day after day, creating a feeling of unrest in him. Although he came from a good home where he had everything, he was still confronted with the reality of his neighborhood on the streets and in his school. A reality that didn’t fit with the way he experienced his surroundings. This collective of contradictions kept on growing inside him to heights that he wasn’t able to control anymore. This brought him closer to what he had already seen in the past; Art. He saw in art the space and the infinite possibilities that could strengthen his voice and drive for what he wanted to communicate. Just like an anthropologist, he investigated all the details that completed the big puzzle of existence of the people. Besides all the oral and physical information that he was gathering, he was also getting visual info that would be the departing point of his works. He considered the living conditions and the way people coped with their space and objects as visually strong enough to visualize their dreams, hopes, disappointments, visions and state of mind. He would translate all the information into ideas and structures that would become his body of work. This brought him to the installations, videos and performances that are very close to the living conditions and structures of the people. Depictions of chaos, consisting of objects, materials and emotions are brought together in a baroque molding to produce a rough composition carrying the beauty of the people’s hopes and dreams. A voice that is familiar but still had this unknown sound, Martha does his performances and builds his installations in public spaces, most of the time in neighborhoods where he thought that his work would fit in perfectly.

Erik Habets:

Erik Habets is fascinated by all the beautiful, special, laughable, foolish and sometimes vulgar, sad and ugly things, which life has to offer. The art of Erik Habets is a reflection of his surroundings; it is a projection of the world as he sees it. It is a direct, intuitive response to life itself. He makes small things big and important. Being astonished about things such as people, animals, behaviour, conversations, situations, news and social issues is the beginning of his work. This inspiration is often exaggerated or distorted to a point of no recognition, always for the benefit of the work. With distinct honesty, Erik Habets is able to show an uncomplicated relativistic side of life by using the fascination in the experiences of his own character and mixing it with lots of humour and nonsense. On the other hand it seems to be inevitable that, every now and then, some kind of ambiguous feeling will overwhelm the spectator who may find a double layer. Erik Habets loves to add chaos and confusion to the interpretation of his work so that every spectator can come to his own conclusion. A very important aspect of Habets’ work is that he is constantly questioning the autonomy and the manifestation of the contemporary visual arts. With his foundation, Union by Fiction, Habets is trying to make a substantial contribution.

Alberta Whittle- Silhouettes

Alberta Whittle

Alberta is a Barbadian artist, currently based in Glasgow. She has undertaken residencies at CESTA (Czech Republic), Market Gallery (Scotland), Collective Gallery (Scotland), Thupelo Wellington Artists’ Workshop (South Africa) and looks forward to taking part in a residency with the Visiting Artists’ Programme at The Bag Factory in Johannesburg next year. She choreographs interactive installations, interventions and performances as site‐specific artworks in public and private spaces, including at the Royal Scottish Academy (Scotland) and has exhibited in various solo and group shows in Europe, the Caribbean and South Africa, with an upcoming show at the CAS Gallery, University of Cape Town in March 2013. Her practice is concerned with the construction of stereotypes of race, nationality and gender, considering the motivation behind the perpetuation and the different forms in which they are manifested. Her time at FRESH MILK will include a series of performances, open forum discussions about anxieties surrounding race, workshops with the Fine Art students at BCC, and finally an exhibition/intervention stemming from her experiences and research done during her time with us.


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Annalee Davis
Annalee Davis

Annalee Davis is a Visual Artist living and working in Barbados where she makes objects and produces installations and drawings. Her social practice project - the Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. - functions as an experiment, a cultural lab and an act of resistance. Fresh Milk supports excellence among emerging contemporary creatives locally, throughout the Caribbean, its diaspora and internationally. Annalee is also a part-time tutor in the BFA programme at the Barbados Community College.