September 28, 2015

Participants selected for the Davidoff International Art Residency

Davidoff Art Initiative

Jimmy Robert, It’s not lame…it’s Lamé, 2015. Archival inkjet print, text on paper, 29.7 x 21 cm (each). Courtesy of Tanya Leighton Art.

The Davidoff Art Initiative, in collaboration with Altos de Chavón School of Design, has announced the selection of five international artists and two curators who will take part in the Davidoff International Art Residency at Altos de Chavón School of Design in La Romana, Dominican Republic, from January 25 to April 3, 2015.

This year marks the second time the Davidoff Art Initiative and Altos de Chavón School of Design, the leading institution for art and design in the country, have welcomed international artists to the Dominican Republic, with five artists participating in the previous round of residencies in 2015. In addition, this year will see the residency program expand to include two international curators.

The participating artists in 2016 are: Paolo Chiasera (b. 1978, Italy); Louis Henderson (b.1983, England) and Ana Vaz (b. 1986, Brazil); Jimmy Robert (b. 1975, France); and Oscar Santillan (b. 1980, Ecuador). Additionally Natasha Ginwala (b. 1985, India) and Polly Staple (b. 1970, England) will be invited for a curatorial project.

They share a common, profound interest in engaging with the social and cultural fabric of the Dominican Republic through their respective practices. In addition to pursuing their own work during the residency, the artists will have many opportunities to engage with the Dominican cultural community and the residents of Altos de Chavón.

The nominators for the 2016 Davidoff International Art Residency Program were: Aaron Cézar, founding director of Delfina Foundation in London; Amanda Coulson, co-founder/executive director of VOLTA and director of the National Gallery of the Bahamas; Charles Desmarais, president of the San Francisco Art Institute; Mareike Dittmer, co-publisher of Frieze d/e Magazine and publishing consultant of 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 in Beijing.

About Altos de Chavón School of Design, Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic
The Altos de ChavónSchool 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 more information, please click here.

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.

Media contacts
For further information, images, or to arrange an interview, members of the media may contact:
Blue Medium, Inc.
Pamela Hernandez: [email protected], T +12126751800
Oettinger Davidoff AG
Albertine Kopp: Manager Davidoff Art Initiative: [email protected]



Davidoff Art Initiative presents five artists and two curators selected to participate in an art residency in the Dominican Republic

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