2018: The Year in Review

a note from donna...

Hello everyone we are still here. Much has happened this year and I for one am glad to see 2018 fade into the background and welcome 2019.

Thank you for sticking with us. We’ve listened to your feedback and will make purchasing art easier in 2019!

We wish you all a healthy & happy new year.


a note from cecily...

It feels like 2018 flew by, as many of you have noticed Donna and I have both been extremely busy which unfortunately meant d+c contemporary was neglected for what seems like the entire year!!!

But we are back and still completely committed and dedicated to making time for this passion project!    

In 2018 I had the pleasure of working with Space Gallery owner and artist Björn Nordén! This summer in partnership with Splace Gallery and the Embassy of Sweden in Japan for Sweden Japan 150 Anniversary I curated the exhibition Space/Time in Sweden/Japan it was an exhibit of Björn Nordèn’s minimal works on paper and a series of his new garden pots. The space was curated so that the viewer would be more aware of the idea of space, the space in-between and the cultural similarities between Sweden and Japan. The vernissage took place June 29th and the exhibit continued through the Annual Kultur & Skördefest. I am proud that this project was just the first phase the next phases will continue through 2019 you can follow the project at #spacetimeswedenjapan

space/time in sweden/japan- vernissage photo credit cecily ferguson

space/time in sweden/japan- vernissage photo credit cecily ferguson

 In addition, in April I was offered a part-time/temp job with Mariestad’s Kommun ( a government job) I was literally in shock for the first 3 months because I have been looking, waiting and hoping for some type of part-time employment- and this job just happened to line up perfectly with my educational background and professional experiences. I was hired as the project leader for a pilot art and gardening program called Off Season Art Gardening and my responsibilities included contextualizing the program, developing an artist criteria, managing an artist call, establishing a jury, conceptualizing the brand, working with the three artists that were selected, curating online content, and marketing and promoting. I could not have even dreamed of an opportunity like this here in #mymariestad! And even though my part of the project has come to end I am incredibly tacksam for the opportunity I was offered to work with Mariestad’s Kommun because of the overall experience, the people I have connected with and the new partnerships that are just developing!

vadsbo museum summer work shop for off season art gardening: photo credit cecily ferguson

vadsbo museum summer work shop for off season art gardening: photo credit cecily ferguson

jette mellgren    for off season art gardening: photo credit cecily ferguson

jette mellgren for off season art gardening: photo credit cecily ferguson

ninette koning    for off season art gardening: photo credit cecily ferguson

ninette koning for off season art gardening: photo credit cecily ferguson

jenni ward    for off season art gardening: photo credit cecily ferguson

jenni ward for off season art gardening: photo credit cecily ferguson

 And my intentions for us going into 2018 though they were not executed they have not changed so here is a reminder…

 Donna and I met while attending Howard University as graduate students in the art history department.  We both focused on Caribbean and Latin American art and took a special interest with exile, expat and diaspora artists. We are passionate about migration and immigration! And I believe that D+C Contemporary has arrived to a place that will begin to tell a story about the expat art experience. This is a unique experience that reflects not only one’s history and roots but also a connection to the place that they call home (or their 2nd home).  Moving forward the artists featured and the exhibitions will predominately, but not exclusively, explore the expat experience.

 And we are STILL incredibly grateful for all the artists, curators, and collectors that continue to inspire us!

 Wishing you all an artsy new year! xox

2017: The Year in Review

a note from donna...

In Latin America and other countries, 25 November is a day to pay tribute to the Mirabal sisters as well as to globally recognize gender violence. On 17 December 1999, the United Nations General Assembly designated 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

We organized our first 25 November art exhibition in Washington, DC featuring Carolina Mayorga several years ago. This year, we are so pleased to have participated in this important international event once again.

We had a pop-up group exhibition in Barcelona, Spain. Paintings, photography, and video work by artists from China, the Netherlands, Spain, and the US were featured. All the artists currently live in Barcelona and agreed to donate a percentage of art sold to TAMAIA, a local social non-profit cooperative that assists women and girls who have experienced violence. Some of the art confronted aspects of violence straight on like Catalan artist Carla Gallén’s Family Portraits / Retrats de Familia whose digital paintings creatively and empathetically tackled the subject of gender violence by providing visual commentary on children murdered in Spain this year.

We are constantly in awe of D+C Contemporary artists Bianca and Brenda Hofman (Barcelona Hofman). Through photography and ultrashort stories they are able to perfectly capture varying aspects of the human spirit. In Home Sweet Home, the sisters delved into the inner turmoil one may feel. 

barcelona pop-up | photo credit: donna banks, 2017

barcelona pop-up | photo credit: donna banks, 2017

In addition to the art exhibition, Joy Laking’s Invisible Prison monologues were performed. Laking compiled the monologues after interviewing women and men in Nova Scotia, Canada. The monologues were performed in English, Spanish, and Catalan thanks to the hard work of volunteer translators.

D+C Contemporary would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Women’s March Barcelona, the UNiTE campaign, Joy Laking, and the volunteer translators for their assistance in making this event a success.


a note from cecily...

The most wonderful time of the year has arrived and I have one question: where have the past 12 months gone?

Donna and I started D+C Contemporary 2 years ago as a part-time (part-time) passion project - over the past couple of years it has slowly, but organically, evolved. I am so excited to approach the 3rd year because we have so many ideas that we will share in 2018 – many of them were inspired by artists that we covered and projects we did in 2017!

D+C Contemporary pop-ups officially launched this year - the first one was in Mariestad, Sweden and the second was in Barcelona, Spain.  Both events were successful and we are looking forward to more pop-ups and creating a pop-up experience online with the coming year. 

mariestad pop-up | photo credit: cecily ferguson, 2017

mariestad pop-up | photo credit: cecily ferguson, 2017

I am also excited about focusing more on studios (and how the word has evolved). We know artists who have created spaces in their homes, some with studios outside and some who have what we tend to think of as a traditional studio space. Both inside the studio and the new series the studio visit will explore the artist’s process and their tools.

This year I attended Orbero’s Open Art Biennale – which was, as always, incredibly exciting -this biennale has inspired us to create an annual online public art experience. Easy Access: Public Art for All will take place during the summer months. We both believe that public art is such an asset to communities, cities and countries and this is our way of celebrating our appreciation for public art. 

openart 2017, chiaharu shiota, sailing in the sky | photo credit: cecily ferguson

openart 2017, chiaharu shiota, sailing in the sky | photo credit: cecily ferguson

Finally, as many of you might know Donna and I met while attending Howard University as graduate students in the art history department.  We both focused on Caribbean and Latin American art and took a special interest with exile, expat and diaspora artists. We are passionate about migration and immigration! And I believe that D+C Contemporary has arrived to a place that will begin to tell a story about the expat art experience. This is a unique experience that reflects not only one’s history and roots but also a connection to the place that they call home (or their 2nd home).  Moving forward the artists featured and the exhibitions will predominately, but not exclusively, explore the expat experience.

We are incredibly grateful for all the artists, curators, and collectors that continue to inspire us!

Wishing you all a happy + healthy holiday season! xox

From The Editor's Desk: May 2016


The day had been a bit stressful. Then I saw it. One of Alesol's paintings hanging on the wall of a local small business. I was mesmerized. Gradually, I became calmer; the day's stress began slipping away. I smiled.

This was my first interaction with one of her paintings. Taking me from a state of agitation to one of relaxation in a matter of seconds. I asked the owner about the painting and found out the artist was a friend. After a few exchanged messages, I had an appointment to meet Alesol. 

Colorful Flight, 2010

The interview was unlike one I have ever had. Four languages were used, Portuguese, German, Spanish, and English. I am only fluent in one of these while Alesol is fluent in two. Unfortunately, we did not share fluency in a common language. Yet, the meeting proved to be completely enjoyable.

While some things were lost in translation, she was able to express and I to understand her keen desire and love of painting. She sees painting as a way of contributing something positive to society. To aid in this regard, she often includes shades of blue. For Alesol, blue represents the sky and sea and thus is a relaxing colour with calming effects.

When Cecily and I began d+c contemporary, we knew we wanted to curate an exhibition of Alesol's paintings. To my surprise, we are the first gallery to exhibit this talented artist. We are delighted to introduce Alesol and her beautiful paintings to a much wider audience.  

Enjoy!