WHO WE ARE
Artlantic is a non-profit organization that produces and curates art/cultural clusters. These clusters serve as platforms to reflect upon Denmark’s participation in the transatlantic trade of enslaved Africans. Artlantic seeks to utilize the arts and cultural clusters to create trans-spaces, which are not bound to the specific time and place of the colonial period. These trans-spaces are where unsettled processes, as a result of colonialism, can transmute, transpose, translate, transmit, transform and ultimately transcend suffering as a form of healing.
Rather than mapping from the colonizing powers’ perspective, Artlantic’s trans-spaces will create alternative lineages, affective relationships as well as connecting voices and sensibilities that have hitherto been kept apart. Artlantic’s spiritual and affective map will generate routes and relationships between our shared and interconnected histories and geographies by way of exploring the archives and repositories “Sea”, “Soil”, “Wind” and “Texture“.
Using the upcoming centennial of ‘Transfer Day’– when Denmark sold the islands to the US – to launch the first of many clusters, Artlantic will bring together artists, students and scholars from Ghana, the US Virgin Islands and Denmark. The vision is that these various groups will ‘transfer’ experiences, stories and memories as a means of creating collective practices that will transcend suffering and arrive at healing. By fostering these collaborations among the creative practitioners, these trans-spaces will explore what would happen if we dislocate the word ‘transfer’ from its stifling historical context and approach it as a conceptual, dynamic and artistic window for thinking about how culture, memory, and spirit can travel, adapt and take on new forms? How can art and cultural production create spaces in which the transcendence of suffering will lead to healing? How can we explore new forms of subjectivity beyond?
Artlantic clusters of trans-spaces contain activities of residencies, exhibitions, performances, seminars and master classes, in collaboration with international and local museums, galleries, universities, art academies and cultural venues.