Alpha Caribe I
A k u z u r u (Trinidad & Tobago)
A k u z u r u has established a multi-faceted lexicon of performative works which include her Ak-tionisms, Spontaneous Art, Spatial Works, Gesture Works, Experiential Art, whether live or on film. With the natural world and metaphysics being central to her process, her immersive complex presentations are expansive encompassing vast landscapes, often multi-locational involving a multitude of persons which she calls her co-performers, as well as deeply engaging solo expressions.
Having lived, studied and practiced in Trinidad, the UK and Nigeria for many years, her Total Art experiences are conceptually and physically intense – integral – often interak-tive, multi-genre constructions, emphasizing performance art’s radical axis as a dynamic and powerful art form.
An Environmental-Transdisciplinary artist, A k u z u r u has produced, presented and become known for her multi-genre works, her many performances including her iconic healing chambers and large sculptural-installations consistently presented worldwide at prestigious institutions and powerful natural environments including the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States.
A pioneer in the radical presence-ing of performance art in Trinidad and the Caribbean, her evolvement as an artist during a thirty year practice, has exhibited a steady embrace of performance art as her primary focus in her TransDisciplinary visions, a metaphysically dynamic intersection of the human and natural world; encapsulating the science of space, light, sound, movement, gesture and nuance .
With performative interak-tions in various environments globally, significant solo presentations at important institutions include the National Museum of Trinidad & Tobago, PAMM – Perez Art Museum Miami -US and the Buchheim Museum – Germany. The artist has been the recipient of International grants and awards from the Prince Claus Fund, the City of Munich and the Commonwealth Foundation .
A k u z u r u was also Art Lecturer in experimental practice at the University of the West Indies , Trinidad and Tobago during fifteen years.
Carlos María Romero aka Atabey Mamasita (Colombia)
Carlos María Romero is a Colombian Caribbean multidisciplinary artist based between London and Margate,UK working with dance, performance, visual arts, pedagogy, activism, cultural engineering and occasionally music and curating.
Founding member of SPIT! – Sodomites, Perverts, Inverts Together!, a collective who performs since 2017 (at Frieze Projects, London) a series of queer manifestos; and Vividero Colectivo, whose projects seek to reclaim marginalised social practices and architectural sites as cultural heritage.
Atabey developed in 2016 Vogue-Chi, a movement practice for people aged 50+ that evolved into a multi-generational queer and allies safe space for self-expression; in 2018 A House of Ecstatic Virality, a dance and conversation practice, in collaboration with Latinx and Polish volunteers, creating a life affirming environment for people to explore HIV related issues; in 2019 Like a Ghost Dance/The Heartbeat Spiral, a dance meditation to harness constructive aspects of the dying process; and in 2020 in collaboration with Joseph Funnell Hurakan Caress, a self-intimacy movement practice with mobile phones and Caribbean rhythms.
Maria Romero’s most recent performances HQ – (I Feel so Mezzaniney), a collaboration with Steven Warwick, and the series Muy Serio have been presented at Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Volksbühne Berlin, London Contemporary Music Festival, Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge, Jupiter Artland in Edinburg and Montréal, Arts Interculturels among other places.They studied Dance and Choreography in Colombia and Germany, and graduated from the Interdisciplinary MA in Live Art & Theatre at National University in Bogotá. They are currently coursing the Postgraduate Studies in Art at Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Maria Romero was 2009 – 2011 curator of the Universities Festival For Contemporary Dance in Colombia and was in charge in 2012 of the design of the current Dance BA of Atlantico Public University in Barranquilla. In 2014 they co-curated the exhibition Josephine Baker & Le Corbusier in Rio – a transatlantic affair, at Museo de Arte do Rio de Janeiro. They have also performed for and/or collaborated with Meg Stuart, Anthea Hamilton, JW Anderson, Trajal Harrell, Isabel Schad, Carlos Motta, George Henry Lonely, Pedro Gomez Egaña, Boris Charmatz, Pina Bausch among others.
José Castrellón (Panamá)
works with photography, video, found material and language, moving between the conceptual and documentary realms. Through research, he takes history as a point of departure to inquire into and express anthropological and sociological concerns. He identifies with cultural changes and the impact they have on different places, the cultural modification of people and society, as well as the physical transformation of landscapes, brought about by commercialism, colonialism, geopolitical conflict and interventions. He has participated in many group exhibitions such as Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, the 38th Biennial of Ireland “EVA International,” the Mercosur Biennial and the Central American Biennial. His work has been shown in institutions like the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art of Medellin (MAMM), the Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in New York, the Museo del Barrio in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome (MACRO).
Katrina Coombs (Jamaica)
was born in St Andrew, Jamaica. She is the holder of a MFA in Creative Practice from Transart Institute via The University of Plymouth (2013). Coombs’ practice is inspired and guided by a quest to deepen the spiritual, emotional and psychological understanding of the numerous conflicting roles that have been attributed to women in contemporary society. Her work seeks to provide a voice for woman’s spirituality in coexistence with her roles, her body, and her womb. Coombs work has been featured in many exhibitions in the cities of Kingston, Manila, Berlin, New York, Bogota, Miami, Chicago, and Washington. Her most recent exhibitions include the DVCAI traveling exhibition Inter│Sectionality: Diaspora Art from The Creole City, inaugurated at the Corcoran School of Art & Design Museum 2019 and her first solo exhibition Iyami Aje in 2020 hosted at the Gene Pearson Gallery. She has been awarded residencies, by the Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator hosted at Fountainhead Residencies in Miami in 2019; the Gilbertsville Expressive Movement Artist Residency at G.E.M. in New York in 2019; and Davidoffe Arts Initiative hosted at Flora ars natura in Colombia in 2018. Coombs engages the Jamaican art scene not only as an artist but also as a mentor and independent curator through the art initiative Blaqmango Consultants. Here she aids in providing young upcoming artist with career planning for the development of their practice and organizes exhibitions and residencies as stepping stones for their career. She lives and works in St. Andrew, Jamaica.
Mafalda Nicolas Mondestin ( Haíti)
is a Haitian visual artist trained in graphic design. She was raised in the United States, Haïti and Canada. In 2012, Mafalda moved back to Haïti where she shifted her focus from graphic design to the fine arts. Her art practice encompasses media such as painting, drawing, and printmaking. She lives and works in Port-au-Prince.
Nelson González (Venezuela / Aruba)
Born in Maracaibo, 23rd of November, 1979. He has lived and works in Aruba since 2003. He is a contemporary artist, producer and teacher.
Founder of Art Rap Foundation Aruba. Started his formation at a young age. His work can be considered a hybrid platform which harmonizes audiovisual elements, performance and installments. He has realized individual expositions in Aruba, Curacao, Colombia, Cuba, Venezuela and the Netherlands with interventions and collective participation in other countries. Many of these projects are in some way related to the social and the integration of the individuals and their surroundings. During his career he has received recognition in Venezuela, the Netherlands and Aruba. Recently he received a grant from the Mondriaan Fonds in the Netherlands, for his project “The Garden of Heavenly Delights in the 12th Biennial of Havana.
Orestes Hernández Palacios (Cuba).
He studied at the Higher Institute of Art (ISA). Havana, Cuba. And Professional Academy of Plastic Arts. Holguin, Cuba.
His work has been exhibited outside of Cuba in different countries such as Switzerland, Spain and Germany