Monthly:July 2020

A Wor(l)d to Confuse

Picture yourself entering an exhibition space in a European city. There are large bay windows and the white walls reflect the flows of daylight. Sculptures, videos on screens and wall texts quietly inhabit the rooms where the discreet ballet of visitors produces little more noise than soles glissando on the grey floor. Yet, after a few steps inside, something stops you. Something, a sound. No, music. A rough, insolent, at times discordant music. At second thought, it is a music […]

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Simply put, ‘it mixes you up’

Dutch Caribbean visual artist, Sharelly Emanuelson’s audiovisual project entitled Doh Mix Me Up, We Always Negotiatin’ is a creative project, that takes place within the context of the Carnaval di Aruba, (Aruban Carnival) presented as a ‘negotiating space’ that features connected segments, which include dialogues between members of the calypso world in Aruba, colorful moving lights in the darkness, dancing bodies, the reporting of events by tv and radio personalities all brought together in a synergetic way by the lyrics […]

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Sharelly Emanuelson’s Doh Mix Meh UP: a review of the film as a response

A review brings into nebulous visibility that which a work of art possibly implies without directly addressing. Let us agree to call these unaddressed implications, spirits, in the alchemical and Caribbean rum shop sense of the term. They are distillates that make the disparate pebbles of aesthetic wisdom within a work of art more coherent. They are also that which inebriates one to dare to think outside conventionalities. Guided by these spirits I could recognize how the Curaçaon filmmaker, Sharelly […]

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