Artist Residency | Joan Mitchell Center
AFRICA’SOUT! has invited nominations for visual artists from the African continent and those in its diaspora for consideration for a 5 week Residency in New York and New Orleans from October - November 2018.
AFRICA’SOUT!’s Artist Residency program supports emerging and mid-career artists from the African diaspora whose work speaks to a social and political engagement with Africa. The artist selected will benefit from the space to create and the exposure to the contemporary art conversations and relationships that AFRICA’SOUT! can offer bringing their unique perspective into conversation with more established artists, curators, and collectors in the New York City art community. These experiences fulfill the AO! mission to support artists to change the narrative around Africa, first and foremost, for themselves.
In partnership with Joan Mitchell Center AFRICA'SOUT! awards: a $5,000 cash grant, and a home for the visiting artist in Brooklyn and home and studio in New Orleans for 5 weeks.
AO! enhances its support of individual artists' projects with our partner Joan Mitchell Center, who's mission is to support local, national, and international contemporary visual artists. The Joan Mitchell Center is an artist residency center developed to offer both time and space for artists to create work in a contemplative environment. In addition to the Artist-in-Residence Program, the Center curates and produces public programming that serves the broader community of New Orleans, and endeavors to serve as an incubator, conduit and resource for partnerships in the arts.Through providing a forum for artists, and acting as welcoming, inclusive gathering place, the Center aspires to be a place for creation, innovation and transformation, while supporting values of community, diversity and social equity.
Daniel Línd-Ramos, Loíza, Puerto Rico
In Residence, 2018
Daniel Línd-Ramos is a painter and sculptor from Loíza, Puerto Rico. A renowned artist in the Caribbean, Mexico and South America, Línd-Ramos is most well known for his large-scale oil paintings and charcoal drawings depicting Puerto Rican political and social upheaval. Yet his sculptures and assemblages of the last x years, made of organic materials from coconut trees and found materials from Loíza textile, farming and food culture, are where Línd-Ramos celebrates the players in Puerto Rican Carnival tradition, commemorates the historical resistance of Loiza’s people against the British.
While in New Orleans and New York City, Línd-Ramos will further investigate the shared experiences between New Orleans and Loíza for black people living in multi-racial communities receiving the most extreme brunts of climate change and the structural legacies of colonialism and race-based rule. Línd-Ramos explains, “I work with what it means to be black and still living in a colony, and I share that experience, both in expression as well as material. I am not an artist who can deny my experiences to fit in – they inform me, the images I create and the technique I use. Each sculpture, based on the manner of labor and the material illuminates my history and the future of Loíza.”
A painter and sculptor, Daniel Línd-Ramos obtained a Bachelor Degree of Art at Universidad de Puerto Rico in 1975. In 1980, he earned his MFA from New York University. In 1989, he was the first artist to be awarded the Fundación Arana Scholarship, which allowed him to study that year in Paris, France, where he attended at Antonio Seguí’s Studio at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. Throughout his career, his work has been worthy of several awards and commendations such as, First Prize at the Salon International Val D’or at Hyères in the South of France (1990), the Delegation Prize at the Salón Internacional de Plástica Latina at Meillant, France (2000) and in 2010, an invitation to the World Festival of Black Culture and Arts in Dakar, Senegal, Africa. Piña de oro at the Second Gran Bienal Tropical (2016) at Piñones, Puerto Rico. In 2002, he was selected for a Public Art Project to develop a series of five sculptures in the town of Loíza, Puerto Rico, in homage to Santiago Apostol Afro festivities. Currently, he is a Senior Professor at Universidad de Puerto Rico’s Recinto de Humacao, Puerto Rico. Línd-Ramos has participated both solo and group exhibits in countries in Africa, Haiti, France, Dominican Republic, United States and Puerto Rico.