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The Fresh Milk Team wishes you and yours all the very best for the season as we look back on the year 2016.
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Season's Greetings from
The Fresh Milk Team

 
Fresh Milk would like to take this opportunity to give our warmest wishes to everyone this season, and thank each of you as always for the abundance of love, energy and support you continue to share with us year after year.

We are excited to close off 2016 by inviting you to take a look at our annual year in review newsletter:

Residencies

Danilo Oliveira, “Utopian Geology Services” The Cultural Geology of the Caribbean, 2016
Our first residents of 2016 were UK-based artists Helen Cammock and Emma Critchley. Helen, who is of British and Caribbean descent, works with video, photography, installation and text to consider how individual and collective experiences expose structural inequality through exploring the politics of society and visual, spoken and written language and of representation.
Emma’s practice is rooted in the underwater environment. She is particularly interested in the way sound is perceived beneath the water’s surface, and how this affects our relationship to our surroundings. She used the residency to explore these concepts and the idea of echolocation as a way of using sound to explore the rich natural environments that Barbados has to offer.

Helen  & Emma also gave talks to the students at Barbados Community College (BCC) and held a photography workshop with students at Workmans Primary School, the results of which were featured in the show 'Sun to Rain and Back Again' at the Brighton PhotoFringe Festival 2016.
In March, Fresh Milk welcomed Trinbagonian artist Alex Kelly and Bahamian writer & artist Sonia Farmer. Alex’s work explores the “how come” of life in Trinidad and Tobago. His work intends to engage the public by providing familiar points of reference while calling into question prevailing assumptions about Caribbean life that often serve as cushioning from harsh realities.

Alex used this residency to facilitate the expansion of the scope of his work, building on links established during his participation in the Caribbean Linked III residency in Aruba. This experience reignited a desire to participate in solving problems surrounding Caribbean life and Caribbean connectivity.
Although Sonia came to Barbados with a specific project in mind, she found herself drawn to a new idea based on a book in the Colleen Lewis Reading Room (CLRR) – ‘A True and Exact History of the Island of Barbadoes’ by Richard Ligon, originally published in 1657. Using a method of  found poetry called erasure, she responded to the text by identifying words and phrases that stood out to her, changing the meaning and context to create an entirely new piece.

Additionally, she established a relationship between Fresh Milk and her larger creative endeavour, Poinciana Paper Press, by conducting a series of workshops on book-binding and design entitled The Art of the Book.
For the third consecutive year, Fresh Milk was able to offer the 'My Time' Local Residency Programme thanks to the support of three independent donors. This year's residency was awarded to Anisah Wood, whose work deals predominantly with the Caribbean landscape and the process of colonialism, particularly the desire to lay claim to and control space. During her residency, she continued her investigations into the perceptions of her immediate environment and the influence of territoriality on how it is negotiated.

As her community outreach component, she designed a skills exchange programme called Quid Pro Quo, which became a non-traditional space of learning and sharing.
Alongside Anisah in June, Fijian-Australian artist Torika Bolatagici was also in residence at Fresh Milk. Torika’s interdisciplinary practice investigates the relationships between visual culture, human ecologies and contemporary Pacific identities. During her time in Barbados, Torika undertook a research-based residency, largely involving engagement with local artists and conducting research in the CLRR. She was particularly interested in identifying opportunities to connect Caribbean and Pacific artists whose work might intersect along lines of reflection on culture, identity, place and space within a postcolonial framework.

Both Torika and Anisah were part of our public event Fresh Milk XIX, where Torika spoke about both her own work and that of a selection of Pacific artists in a talk titled ‘Seeing the Black Pacific‘ and Anisah made a presentation about her practice and residency experience, as well engaging in an open discussion with Torika about her work.
This year, Fresh Milk was very pleased to announce the launch of the Emerging Directors Residency Programme, our collaborative initiative funded by the National Cultural Foundation Barbados (NCF) in support of up-and-coming local theatre directors.

The first resident in this programme was Renelde Headley, who worked on the play 'Yellowman' by Dael Orlandersmith with actors Shea Best & Teila Williams, and was paired with Trinidadian playwright and teacher Rawle Gibbons as a professional mentor.
The second participant was Matthew 'Kupakwashe' Murrell who worked on the play 'Shakespeare's Nigga' by Joseph Jomo Pierre with actors Patrick Michael Foster, Na La and Luci Hammans, with St. Lucian poet and playwright Kendel Hippolyte acting as his mentor.

After the residencies, Renelde and Matthew met with personnel from the NCF and Fresh Milk for a discussion about the programme, and to stage an intimate showcase of scenes from the two productions they had been exploring during their residency.
In September, Fresh Milk was thrilled to receive support from the Central Bank of Barbados to host two more local residencies, which were awarded to Barbadian artists Leann Edghill and Raquel Marshall.

Leann continued her series of work which explores the naivety of ‘Barbie and her friends’, whose perfect fantasy world she has previously collided with historical, real-world events. This time, she used a more local Barbadian context to explore her complex love-hate relationship with the doll and the capitalist empire behind the iconic image.
Raquel's past work has dealt with racial issues, women’s issues, spirituality, alcoholism and escapism. Although serious topics, she portrays them in playful ways. She used this residency to explore the effects of alcoholism and addictive behaviours, particularly the denial that is often encountered in relation to these issues.

Raquel & Leann also delivered a watercolour painting workshop to students at Workmans Primary School for their community outreach component.
In November, Brazilian artist Danilo Oliveira joined us on the platform. Danilo’s recent work has focused on ways to engage with the idea, sensation and political concept of the 'border'. During this residency, he continued his ongoing project ‘About Invented Borders’, by investigating Barbadian and Caribbean society and looking at the history of the region. The project included producing a series of drawings, made randomly in response to Danilo’s time in Barbados, as well as leading two sessions with Fine Arts students at BCC.
We also had British-Barbadian poet & live artist Dorothea Smartt in residence with us during November.

Dorothea’s Fresh Milk residency afforded her an opportunity to play and create in a safe, welcoming space. While here, she conducted research for and worked on her latest project, reflecting the internationalism of the Panama Canal construction while collaborating with artists she met during her time in Panama and other creatives in Barbados. She will continue to explore the possibility of a collaborative, multimedia scratch performance.
Our final resident this year is UK-based artist Dr. Ayesha Hameed, who was with us for two weeks this December. While in Barbados, Ayesha conducted research for her ongoing project Black Atlantis. Black Atlantis is a live audio-visual essay that looks at possible afterlives of the Black Atlantic: in contemporary illegalized migration at sea, in oceanic environments, through Afrofuturistic dancefloors and soundsystems, and in outer space.

Black Atlantis combines two conversations – afrofuturism and the anthropocene. It takes as point of departure Drexciya, the late 20th century electronic music duo from Detroit, and their creation of a sonic, fictional world.

Projects & Partnerships

Participants in Caribbean Linked IV in Aruba
Tilting Axis 2 took place at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) on February 19 and 20, 2016, with more than double the previous number of attendees coming together to discuss this year’s topic ‘Caribbean Strategies’. This time around, the conference was anchored by three modules that emerged from the first meeting: exhibitions and programming, artists’ movement and mobility, and education.
Out of a connection made at Tilting Axis in Miami, Fresh Milk and Fresh Art International partnered to share Fresh Talk: Caribbean, a series of podcasts about creativity in the 21st century with Caribbean artists & those engaging with Caribbean art around the world. This series of conversations is a curated selection from Fresh Art International’s signature project Fresh Talk, which features the platform’s Director/Producer Cathy Byrd in conversation with more than 100 culture makers worldwide. 
In 2016, London-based Barbadian artist Adam Patterson spent some time in the CLRR at Fresh Milk, which provoked ‘Echidna’, a performance work carried out at various locations across Barbados.

Adam expanded on this piece and the research and thought process behind it in an accompanying photo essay, which is archived on the Fresh Milk website.
In July, author of the critically acclaimed novel 'The Star Side of Bird Hill' Naomi Jackson was in Barbados for a series of book launch events, which included hosting the workshop Brass Tacks: A Workshop on the Nuts & Bolts of Building a Writing Life at Fresh Milk.

Naomi led participants in conversations and activities designed to help refine their writing goals, support the creation of productive and satisfying writing lives and address the commercial aspects of breaking into the business.
The regional residency Caribbean Linked IV, organized by Ateliers ’89, ARC Magazine and Fresh Milk, took place in Oranjestad, Aruba from August 1 through 23, 2016. Thanks to generous support from our core sponsors Mondriaan Fund and Stichting DOEN, a number of local sponsors in Aruba and collaborations with Alice YardThe National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI), The Charitable Arts Foundation of the Bahamas and The Bermuda Arts Council, creatives from around the French, Spanish, English and Dutch Caribbean convened to produce work and mount an exhibition during this three week period.

Caribbean Linked IV's participating artists included Frances Gallardo (Puerto Rico), Travis Geertruida (Curacao), Charlie Godet Thomas (Bermuda, supported by The Bermuda Arts Council), Nowé Harris-Smith (The Bahamas, supported by The Charitable Art Foundation of the Bahamas), Dominique Hunter (Guyana), Tessa Mars (Haïti), Oneika Russell (Jamaica), Shanice Smith (Trinidad, supported by Alice Yard), Simon Tatum (The Cayman Islands, supported by the NGCI), Laura de Vogel (Aruba) and and visiting master artist Humberto Diaz (Cuba). The writer in residence was David Knight Jr. (US Virgin Islands), co-founder of Moko Magazine.

 
Thank you again for your support, and we look forward to continuing our creative journey together in 2017!

You can find out about even more of our programming by checking our website freshmilkbarbados.com regularly.
 
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