The Instituto Buena Bista (IBB) started in September 2006 with – for us – the heart of the matter: supporting young creative talent on Curacao. With seven kids in an old abandoned pavilion of the psychiatric hospital on Curacao we began unveiling their talents and showing them the possibilities of art. In March we moved to an impressive monumental building in the center of Willemstad which has brought us to new goals and responsibilities: managing a carefully composed program of residents, developing a firm network and a research center and dealing with a new levy of students (now twelve allready). All very serious business. But still, at the end of the day, we are always confronted with the plain beauty of the discoveries these young people are making. They are indeed developing a new view of themselves, their lives, their island, their future and probably also about us… a ‘buena bista’.
On the 16th of October 2007 Ronald Cornelissen arrived at our island for a residency of three months in our ‘Fonds BKVB’ program. Now it is almost the end of November and I have come to know Ronald as someone that loves sound and music above everything and on the other hand as someone that makes visual work that bears a ‘deafening silence’. Both in his drawings and his installations you get drawn into a solidified world that is showing you contradictions, bemusement and fear as a result of overwhelming stimuli and choices of a world that seems to look like ours.
The paper, cardboard and other dead materials in his installations, or the cartoon style and collage -art-quotations in his drawings, give his work the distance it needs to unveil. It seems to be a frozen scream only for us to see.
Inviting Ronald Cornelissen to the IBB we were aware of the fact that we also ‘invited’ Wormhole; the –among connoisseurs – well known periodical on drawing he makes. As we are asking from our residents any form of input to the education of the students, this was an excellent excuse to make another Wormhole with the group that is now ‘inhabiting’ the institute.
Drawing of course is the laboratory of all arts. The sketch reveals the idea in the most basic way, and sometimes even in the most beautiful way. And here you can see for yourself: it is amazing what talent one can find on these islands…
Curacao, 27th November 2007
Published in 2007 in collaboration with Instituto Buena Bista – 64 pages black/ white – A4 size
With: Luigino Brandao (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles), Kelvin Reigina (Dominican Republic), Aldino Kuwas (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles), Harvey Davelaar (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles), Frenjeska Schoop (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles), Naomy Meijer (Colombia), Davin Brainard (USA), Tirzo Martha (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles), Cleo de Brabander (Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles), Paola van den Bor (The Netherlands),Luigino Brandao (Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles), Hendrik Moesker (Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles), Elvis Chen (Surinam), Quentley Barbara (Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles), David Bade (Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles), Germain Luiciana (Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles), Kendrick Boelijn (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles) and Ronald Cornelissen (The Netherlands)
To order Wormhole 5 contact Instituto Buena Bista at: email@example.com
Price: 10 € or 17,50 Naf (postage not included).
Many thanks: Ronald van Lit.