September 28, 2016

Four artists, curator, and writer selected for the 2017 Davidoff International Art Residency

Davidoff Art Initiative

Davidoff International Art Residency studios, Altos de Chavón School of Design. © 2016 Alfredo Esteban.

The Davidoff Art Initiative, in collaboration with Altos de Chavón School of Design, has announced the selection of four international artists, a curator, and a writer who will take part in the Davidoff International Art Residency at Altos de Chavón School of Design in La Romana, Dominican Republic, from January 23 to April 3, 2017.

In its third consecutive year of fostering international talent, the Davidoff Art Initiative is pleased to welcome the six residents for 2017: artists Babak Golkar (b. 1977, United States and Canada/Vancouver); Nastasia Meyrat (b. 1991, Switzerland/Lausanne); Claire Trotignon (b. 1983, France/Paris); and Yan Xing (b. 1986, China/Beijing and United Staes/Los Angeles); curator Maria Inés Rodríguez (b. 1968, Colombia and France/Bordeaux) and writer Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva (b. 1976, Dominican Republic and Hong Kong).”

The participants each bring diverse and unique strengths to the residency and all share a common goal of engaging with the social and cultural fabric of the Dominican Republic through their respective practices. In addition to pursuing their work during the residency, each resident will have many opportunities to engage with the Dominican cultural community as well as the students at Altos de Chavón.

The nominators for the 2017 Davidoff International Art Residency Program were: Simon Castets, director of the Swiss Institute, New York; Aaron Cézar, founding director of Delfina Foundation, London; Amanda Coulson, co-founder/artistic director of the VOLTA art fairs in New York/Basel and director of the National Gallery of the Bahamas, Nassau; Mareike Dittmer, associate publisher Frieze Magazine; Pablo Helguera, director of adult and academic programs in the Department of Education at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Irene Hofmann, the Phillips Director and Chief Curator of SITE Santa Fe; and Philip Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing.


About Altos de Chavón School of Design, Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
The Altos de Chavón School of Design is a study center of global impact, and a pioneer in the teaching of art and design in the Dominican Republic. Founded in 1983 to meet the growing commercial and industrial demands of the Dominican Republic, the school offers degree programs in all areas of art and design in both long and short format: Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Illustration, Digital Design, Interior Design, Photography, Film Production, and Architecture. For further information, please visit

About the Davidoff Art Initiative
The Davidoff Art Initiative supports contemporary art and artists in the Caribbean, strengthens art organizations in the Dominican Republic, shares knowledge and expertise about contemporary art, and fosters cultural engagement between the Caribbean and the rest of the world. At the core of the Art Initiative, Davidoff aims to engage closely with the arts and culture of the Dominican Republic, where much of its production and many of its employees are based, bringing opportunity and visibility to the art and culture of the Caribbean region, and extending the company’s long-standing commitment to artistry, craftsmanship, community and quality. The Davidoff Art Initiative’s four global program areas are Art Residency, Art Dialogues, Art Grants, and Art Editions. For further information, please visit


Media contacts
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Blue Medium, Inc., Elisabeth Meddin or Kat Mills: [email protected], [email protected], T +1 212 675 1800
Oettinger Davidoff AG, Albertine Kopp, Manager Davidoff Art Initiative: [email protected]


Participants selected for the 2017 Davidoff International Art Residency at Altos de Chavón School of Design

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