Our First Visiting Artist: damali abrams
We, the Groundation Grenada family, are excited to announce our collaboration with FRESH MILK to host NYC-based, Guyanese performance and video artist damali abrams during the month of October, 2013. She arrived in Barbados yesterday, 29th September, and will be joining us in Grenada for a week on October 13th. damali is Groundation’s very first artist-in-residence so we are absolutely thrilled as we begin this phase of our vision. What’s amazing is that Damali and Groundation connected for a brief moment near our very beginnings when she generously donated books to our collection, which we picked up in New York back in 2010. Stay tuned for more details about her time with us this month.
damali has been working with FRESH MILK on The Fresh Performance Project which features interviews with Caribbean-based and NYC-based performance artists. In addition to editing a full length documentary around Fresh Performance and producing her own work, damali will also be conducting workshops and community outreach projects in both islands.
This exciting residency not only marks the first official collaboration between FRESH MILK and Groundation, but will also expand the cultural arena for both NY based and Caribbean based creatives, contributing to critical discourse around performance art.
Fresh Milk and Groundation Grenada wish to engage with the Caribbean diasporic art community in the New York area as well as a wider U.S. audience, and projects of this nature are unique in that they reverse the trend of Caribbean based artists wanting to find relevance for their work in a North American context. In this instance, it is a U.S. based artist who is keen to see how her work resonates within the Caribbean environment.
Given that performance art in the Caribbean is practiced by a small number of artists, this project will contribute to expanding a critical and creative community by offering support to performance artists who often work in isolation. Finally, the project will build cultural bridges between the U.S. and the Caribbean and generate understanding and community through the arts.
damali will share the outcome of her residency at a public event to be held at FRESH MILK on October 24th. More information on this to follow!
Special thanks to the US Embassy in Barbados for supporting this project.
Groundation Grenada is a youth led social action collective, founded in 2009, which focuses on the use of creative media to assess the community’s needs, raise consciousness and act to create positive radical growth. We pursue our mission online, through Groundationgrenada.com, and this year began expanding to live events and special projects in collaboration with local, regional and international artists and activists. Groundation Grenada’s website supports both local and diasporic voices, acting as an interface to connect youth who are hungry for innovative change.