Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Michelle Eistrup, artist in residence

Alice Yard / documenta fifteen


Michelle Eistrup is Alice Yard’s seventh artist in residence at documenta fifteen. From 14 to 28 August, 2022, she is based at WH22 in Kassel. While in Kassel, she is organising a programme of discussions and meetings around her ongoing Bridging Art + Text Incubator (BAT INK) project. She has invited a small group of artists, researchers, community representatives, and curators to exchange deep knowledge, collaboration, and scientific and artistic approaches. “On the brink of disaster, future scenarios must envision rediscovered life-giving and sustainable cultural and spiritual practices concerning nature.”

Find more information on BAT INK here.


Michelle Eistrup is a visual artist, and initiator of artistic collaborations who lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. Eistrup’s art incorporates themes of identity, corporeality, faith, memory, and post-colonialism, where her transnational background (Danish, Jamaican, American) is sometimes a point of departure. Rooted in a vibrant global arts community, she has exhibited internationally and organised events that facilitate in-depth dialogue and research between artists, writers, and curators, for the overall purpose of encouraging a more integrated, sensitive, and equitable creative exchange.

She curated BAT, Bridging Art and Text Workshop and Seminar, together with coordinator Annemari B. Clausen, and BAT (3-volume publication, 800 pp) (2012-2018).

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Monday, August 1, 2022

Versia Harris, artist in residence

Alice Yard / documenta fifteen

Versia Harris is Alice Yard’s sixth artist in residence at documenta fifteen. From 31 July to 13 August, 2022, she is based at WH22 in Kassel. Her video works They Say You Can Dream a Thing More Than Once (2013) and A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes When You’re Awake (2012) are installed at the Grimmwelt venue for the duration of documenta fifteen. During her time in Kassel, she will produce a series of small drawings and sculptures that intervene and intersect with the Grimmwelt museum space, “drawing attention to secret, discreet, or hidden worlds that may exist parallel to our current reality.” She will also be joined by artists Tessa Mars and Razia Barsatie for a series of informal conversations and collaborations around parallel themes and concerns in their respective bodies of work.


Versia Harris (b. 1990, Bridgetown) is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and work in Barbados. Harris has done a number of residences in the Caribbean and North and South America, including Vermont Studio Center and Alice Yard, Trinidad, and has shown in multiple countries including the UK, China, Nigeria, Russia, Germany, Aruba, and the US. Her first solo show in 2015 in Barbados was titled This Quagmire. She was awarded a Fulbright Laspau Scholarship in 2017 and received her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan USA in May, 2019, where she also earned a Mercedes-Benz Financial Services New Beginnings Award.

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Thursday, July 21, 2022

Shannon Alonzo, artist in residence

Alice Yard / documenta fifteen


Shannon Alonzo is Alice Yard’s fifth artist in residence at documenta fifteen. From 18 to 30 July, 2022, she is based at WH22 in Kassel. During this time she will engage in a series of projects which are an extension of work created during her residency at Granderson Lab in 2020, investigating space and collective action in Trinidad Carnival. This will include the video installation Subterranean Sentiments of Belonging, which documents the erasure of three charcoal and graphite murals created over a period of one year on a single wall at Granderson Lab in Belmont, Trinidad.


Shannon Alonzo (b. 1988, St. Joseph, Trinidad and Tobago) is an interdisciplinary artist focusing primarily on drawing, soft sculpture, and performance. Her practice explores themes of collective belonging, place attachment, and the significance of Carnival ritual to the Caribbean consciousness. She holds a BA from London College of Fashion and a MRes Creative Practice from the University of Westminster. She has exhibited work at Alice Yard, Loftt Gallery, and Black Box in Trinidad and Tobago, Ambika P3 and London Gallery West in the UK, and the Atlantic World Art Fair on Artsy.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Hand to hand

Alice Yard / documenta fifteen

Three activations and a reading by four writers
Saturday 16 July, 2022 / from 6 pm TT time at Granderson Lab, Belmont

 Marlon Griffith’s
Score for a Procession activated at WH22, Kassel

The Book of the Ten Thousand Things, a project by documenta fifteen participants La Intermundial Holobiente, is a polyphonic publication written and edited by fourteen writers and artists from Argentina “to imagine and give shape to a posthuman, non-anthropocentric world where anything and everything is taken into account.” Audience members are invited to explore and interact with the book “as an open archive.”

Score for a Procession is a participatory drawing project conceived by artist Marlon Griffith, connecting people across time and space through the shared phenomenon of a heartbeat.

Carter Drawings, instigated by Nicholas Laughlin, invites participants to enter a poem by the late Martin Carter by transcribing its lines in their own handwriting, creating a tangible archive of “readings” of the poem that are also literal re-writings.

These three projects, linked by a process of hands-on engagement, will be activated at Granderson Lab on the evening of Saturday 16 July, and the results will later travel to Kassel, Germany, to be presented as part of Alice Yard’s participation in documenta fifteen.

On that evening we will also host an informal, intimate reading by four T&T-born writers: Katherine Agyemaa Agard (of colour), Desiree C. Bailey (What Noise Against the Cane), Arielle John (Containing in Itself All Sweetness), and Shivanee Ramlochan (Everyone Knows I Am a Haunting), produced in collaboration with Novel Niche and the Bocas Lit Fest.

All are invited. Audience members are asked to wear face masks and follow COVID-19 safety protocols.

Monday, July 4, 2022

Luis Vasquez La Roche, artist in residence

Alice Yard / documenta fifteen


Luis Vasquez La Roche is Alice Yard’s second artist in residence at documenta fifteen. From 4 to 17 July, 2022, they are based at WH22 in Kassel. During their time there, they will present a series of performance and video works by themselves and a range of other artists, extending the documenta fifteen lumbung to various past and present collaborators. These include their solo performance work How to Jump the Rope the Right Way; the video installation En Function del Interes Nacional, in collaboration with Mariana Parisca; and Let That Be Your Cautionary Tale, a collaborative project among eleven artists that centres on social behaviour as an extension of structured artwork, using land, performance, collaboration, movement, migration, and history as points of departure.


Luis Vasquez La Roche (b. 1983, based in Couva, Trinidad and Tobago) holds a BA in Visual Arts from the University of the West Indies and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. They have exhibited work and performed in institutions such as Field Projects in NY, ICOSA in Austin TX, Denison Art Space in OH, Deakin University in Melbourne Australia, La Vulcanizadora in Bogotá Colombia, MCLA Gallery 51 in MA, Fresh Milk in Barbados, Alice Yard, Medulla Art Gallery and Y Art Gallery in Trinidad and Tobago, LACE in Los Angeles CA, AIR gallery in NY, The Carr Center in Detroit MI and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Richmond VA. They were the recipient of the Fulbright scholarship in 2018. They are currently a full-time lecturer at the Academy for the Performing Arts at The University of Trinidad and Tobago.

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Monday, June 20, 2022

A conversation with Richard Fung

Alice Yard / documenta fifteen
Friday 24 June, 2022 / 12.30 pm TT time / 6.30 pm Kassel time


Richard Fung is a Trinidad-born, Toronto-based video artist and writer. He joins Alice Yard co-director Christopher Cozier for an informal conversation about his current work in progress, centred on the late Trinidadian writer Harold Sonny Ladoo, and questions of the local and the global.

Fung will participate from Alice Yard’s space at WH22 in Kassel, and Cozier will join him virtually from our home base at Granderson Lab in Belmont, Port of Spain. The conversation will also be live-streamed. All are invited to join — virtually online at Alice Yard’s YouTube channel or in person at Granderson Lab.


Richard Fung is an artist and writer born in Trinidad and based in Toronto.

His work comprises challenging videos on subjects ranging from the role of the Asian male in gay pornography to colonialism, immigration, racism, homophobia, AIDS, justice in Israel/Palestine, and his own family history. His single-channel and installation works, which include Orientations: Lesbian and Gay Asians (1984) and its redux Re:Orientations (2016), My Mother’s Place (1990), Sea in the Blood (2000), Jehad in Motion (2007), Dal Puri Diaspora (2012), and Nang by Nang (2018), have been widely screened and collected internationally, and have been broadcast in Canada, the United States, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Fung’s essays have been published in numerous journals and anthologies, and he is the co-author with Monika Kin Gagnon of 13: Conversations on Art and Cultural Race Politics (2002). He is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University.

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Saturday, June 18, 2022

Blue Curry, artist in residence

Alice Yard / documenta fifteen


Blue Curry is Alice Yard’s first artist in residence at documenta fifteen. From 18 June to 2 July, 2022, he is based at WH22 in Kassel, responding sculpturally to other documenta fifteen artists and ideas. Working with co-curator Christopher Cozier, he is also instigating a revived version of the Out of Place project, originally presented in Port of Spain in 2016 — a series of actions by other artists, further extending the documenta fifteen exchange through our networks.


Blue Curry (b.1974, Nassau, Bahamas) is an artist working primarily in sculptural assemblage and installation art who uses an idiosyncratic language of commonplace objects and found materials to engage with themes of exoticism, tourism, and material culture. He has exhibited at Tate Britain, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Liverpool, SITE Santa Fe and Jamaica Biennials, the Caribbean Triennial, the Art Museum of the Americas, the World Bank, the Museum of Latin American Art, the Frost Museum and the Nassauischer Kunstverein, among many others. He is a graduate of the Goldsmiths College Fine Art MFA programme. He currently lives in London and works between there and the Caribbean.

He is also the director of Ruby Cruel, a creative space in Hackney, London.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Alice Yard at documenta fifteen


From 18 June to 25 September, 2022, Alice Yard will participate in documenta fifteen, curated by the Indonesian collective ruangrupa.
Taking the lumbung — a communal rice barn typical in rural Indonesia — as a conceptual model, documenta fifteen is built around “principles of collectivity, resource building, and equitable distribution.”

When Alice Yard was invited to join the documenta fifteen lumbung and work alongside dozens of other collectives from around the world, the curators asked how we might “translate” what we do to a new physical location — the German city of Kassel — and a broader context.

What does Alice Yard do? For fourteen and a half years, from our founding in 2006, we were often described as an art space, based at Roberts Street in Woodbrook, Port of Spain. In February 2020, when we permanently relocated to Granderson Lab in Belmont, it was clear to us that Alice Yard is not merely a physical location, but a series of relationships and ideas, ways of thinking and working — not a project but a practice, not a programme but a process.

How do we translate this to documenta fifteen? Rather than inventing some unprecedented new spectacle, we have opted to do what we’ve always done: create a space, both physical and conceptual, to bring artists and others together to talk, experiment, exchange, and play, with an ethos of self-determination, generosity, spontaneity, and friendship.

During the 100 days of documenta fifteen, Alice Yard will host nine artists in residence at the WH22 venue, who will create and present site- and time-specific works and actions in diverse media at locations around Kassel. Building on relationships that, in some cases, stretch back to the earliest days of Alice Yard, these artists are:

18 June–2 July: Blue Curry
3–17 July: Luis Vasquez La Roche
5–19 July: Nicole Cecilia Delgado and Amanda Hernández
18–30 July: Shannon Alonzo
31 July–13 August: Versia Harris
14–28 August: Michelle Eistrup
29 August–10 September: Bruce Cayonne
11–25 September: Ada M. Patterson

We also look forward to welcoming other friends and collaborators to our space in Kassel for informal visits, interactions, and activations, some planned and some improvised.

Simultaneously, Alice Yard will present a series of works and actions in Port of Spain to extend the documenta fifteen conversation beyond Kassel.

During our time in Kassel, instead of concerning ourselves with whether or how an international audience may or may not understand our process, we prefer to ask ourselves: What do we make or do when no one is watching us? What do we talk about when no one else is listening?

The exact scope and content of our documenta fifteen participation are unknown to us now — these will take shape over the 100 days. To use one of our favourite phrases, there is no end in sight.

Follow us here and on social media, visit us in Kassel or Port of Spain, and join our conversation.

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