Robin de Vogel at Caribbean Linked II residency in Aruba (Image by Shirley Rufin)
Groundation Grenada is excited to have two artists visiting for residencies in August! One of these amazing artists, Robin de Vogel, will be hosting Reinventing Mementos visual arts workshop on Friday August 15, 2014 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm as part of Forgetting is Not an Option Phase N°1. The primary goal of this workshop is to invite participants to think of new ways to remember Grenada and transform these ideas into objects. By creating examples of our own souvenirs, the questions of what one should remember and what one should not forget are inevitably embedded. Pre-registration online is required and is open to everyone 16 years and over.
Robin postulates that a souvenir is a physical and tactile object that aids or sparks our memory. Further, this characteristic can make one wonder whether we need physical objects around to better remember. Souvenirs often possess very stereotypical iconography and therefore become icons in and of themselves. The souvenirs sold in Grenada and other Caribbean islands are often mass-produced in China or India and imported to be sold to tourists as mementos of the Caribbean. These mementos are quite disconnected from the source they claim to be representing. If you are interested in beginning to explore these ideas with fellow creative thinkers Pre-registration online.
Robin de Vogel (1987) is a Dutch artist raised on the island of Aruba. After completing workshops in photography, drawing, painting and installation art at Ateliers ’89 in Aruba, Robin moved to Amsterdam in 2008 to further her development as an artist. In the summer of 2013, she obtained a Bachelor in Fine Arts degree from the Ceramics Department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. Currently, she is an MFA candidate at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.
Robin’s work often takes the form of installations that revolve around the sensibility of the viewer. Her pieces, mostly site-specific interventions, aim to serve as a subtle disruption of the daily routine.
Throughout her career, Robin has engaged in various collaborative projects, residencies and exhibitions in Europe and in the Caribbean. Residencies include a vigorous working period at the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen China, a fruitful exchange at Caribbean Linked II in Aruba, a theoretical exchange program with the students of the Zürich School of Arts and working together with a collective of Dutch-Caribbean artists under the UniArte foundation. Her pieces have been exhibited in and acquired by De Nederlandsche Bank and her work is currently on display in Kasteel Keukenhof’s sculpture garden in Lisse.
Learn more about her at www.robindevogel.com
Click to pre-register for her visual arts workshop!
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