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Bahamian Ethan Knowles chosen as resident author for prestigious arts and culture programme

Bahamian Ethan Knowles selected as resident writer for prestigious arts and culture programme

Caribbean Linked VI to launch virtual edition

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamian author, photographer and multimedia documentarian Ethan Knowles has been chosen because the resident author for the sixth iteration of Caribbean Linked, a residency programme that brings together artists and cultural staff from across various linguistic territories within the region.

A flyer for the virtual edition of Caribbean Linked VI.

The 23-year-old creative genius hails from New Windfall, having previously been head boy and valedictorian at his alma mater, Queen’s College.

But he also possesses a wealth of education and experience from abroad.

Knowles has ventured through the US and whilst far as Rome, Italy, where he continues to achieve experience in his field through ongoing studies and while working as a writing tutor in addition to a movie and digital media assistant.

A highly awarded individual, Knowles has had his writings published each abroad and locally on the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB) and in The Nassau Guardian newspaper. He has also had exhibitions at NAGB and the United World College of the Adriatic.

Dominique Hunter, Caribbean Linked IV 2016 participating artist. (DAVID KNIGHT JR)

The regional residency Caribbean Linked VI, Knowles’ latest accomplishment, can be held virtually for this edition. Co-managed by Ateliers ’89 (Aruba), The Fresh Milk Art Platform (Barbados) and ARC Magazine, it has modified its focus this 12 months in light of the severe impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon the lives of artists regionally.

Caribbean Linked VI can be conducting all of its programming and support virtually from July 30 to August 31, 2021, with live public conversations between the artists happening on Wednesday, August 11 and Tuesday, August 31 from 4pm to 5pm AST on every day.

The residency’s programming supports creatives across the French, Spanish, English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean. Participating artists for include Claudio Arnell of Saint Martin; Taisha Carrington of Barbados; Romelinda Maldonado of Aruba; Akley Olton of St Vincent and the Grenadines; Susana Pilar of Cuba; John Reno Jackson of the Cayman Islands; Sarabel Santos- Negrón of Puerto Rico; Samuel Sarmiento of Aruba/Venezuela; and Béliza Troupé of Guadeloupe.

Samuel Sarmiento, Caribbean Linked VI 2021 participating artist. (SAMUEL SARMIENTO)

The residency will allow the participants to be exposed to the practices of other emerging Caribbean artists, providing a chance to strengthen regional connections and cultural understanding.

This edition of Caribbean Linked is being conceptualized as a bridging 12 months, with participating artists still scheduled to satisfy physically in August 2022 at Ateliers ’89 in Oranjestad, Aruba. The preliminary distant encounter is targeted on provisioning artists with dedicated studio time to make new works, while reinforcing the worth of Caribbean artists’ practices and enabling their growth and development.

The author in residence for the virtual edition can be Knowles, the emerging scholar and author from The Bahamas currently studying in Rome, Italy. This 12 months’s specially invited curators can be Sofia Olascoaga, an educational curator at Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo — UNAM (MUAC) in Mexico City, where she coordinates Campus Expandido an educational programme of critical theory; and Miguel A López, former chief curator of TEOR/éTica turned independent curator living and dealing in Lima, Peru.

“La Linea en la Memoria” by Irvin Aguilar, Caribbean Linked V 2018 participating artist. (SHARELLY EMANUELSON)

The month-long residency can be supported by the generous funding provided by BankGiro Loterij Fonds, Mondriaan Fonds and UNOCA.

For more information, please contact the Caribbean Linked team at caribbeanlinked@gmail.com and visit their website at caribbeanlinked.com.

For more details about Ethan Knowles and his work, please visit his website ethandanielknowles.com.

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