Sharelly Emanuelson (1986) Filmmaker & Visual artist was born and raised in Curaçao and Aruba, she has a BA in Audiovisual Media from the School of the Arts Utrecht and MA in Artistic Research from the Royal Art Academy the Hague. Sharelly’s installations have received international attention and recognition and her documentaries have been screened at festivals such as CIFFR and TTFF, NYCFF and Cinelatino. Her first film won an Audience Award, Category: Best Student Film at Africa Film Festival 2012. In 2014 she received the Master Award from the Royal Art Academy the Hague and in 2018 the Black Achievement Spotlight Award. Most recently she was nominated for the Volkskrant visual art price 2020 in the Netherlands where she will present her work “En Mi Pais”, that was made during her residency at Caribbean Linked hosted by Ateliers ‘89 in Aruba. Apart from her own practice she founded Uniarte, an artist-run foundation that enhances the visibility & development of emerging professional artists in the Caribbean region. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Sint-Maarten, Art Institute Ateliers ’89 in Aruba and MBO Scholengemeenschap in Bonaire and is now a guest lecturer at the University of Curaçao.
Through her work she tries to explore and understand what it is that she feels and sees as a Caribbean existence [Caribbean being]. She experiments with aesthetic ways and signatures to represent the many stories that are rich in the Netherlands Antilles and the Caribbean region and adds a new visual narrative to this from her own Caribbean perspective. She emphasizes the coexistence of people with different voices and explores the various reasons for conflicts, stereotypes and experiences in a society and materializes her experiences and observations. In her work, she visualizes the effects of colonial times and the subsequent period of hyper- industrialization in the Caribbean. She questions the (im)possibility to visualize the current Caribbean reality and sensibility and her work reflects this struggle from an opinionated artistic perspective.
Sharelly Emanuelson is currently working on a new body of work called Mirada Karibe: A Caribbean Way of Being and Seeing where she is inspired by the comeback scene on Curaçao and the Klup di Shell in the Sufficant neighborhood of Willemstad.