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: September 2017

My favorite time of the year… fall! Though I actually enjoy certain aspects of all four seasons there is something so special about the harvest time. Fall welcomes shorter days with more cozy time. It is also the time for reaping the benefits of the garden that was started in spring and nurtured during the summer. In Mariestad, like many places around the globe, we celebrate hösttiden with a big culture and harvest festival that takes place at the end of September. This year is the 5th year, but 2 years ago during Mariestad’s Culture and Harvest Festival, I accidentally stumbled across an artist’s studio visit that left me feeling inspired by this small town that I now call home.

mats westelius studio (side view): photo credit cecily ferguson

mats westelius studio (side view): photo credit cecily ferguson

Mats Westelius is what I consider one of Mariestad’s Masters, he has been creating art for over 35 years. Mats has a diverse portfolio that expresses his love for the sea, coastal/harbor towns and for his travels to Africa, Australia and throughout Europe. In addition, he has created multiple series of works that depict the fall harvest. Mats has exhibited professionally throughout Sweden since 1980 but this is his first online exhibition that promises international exposure.  He is also represented by the National Museum (Stockholm), Moderna Museet (Stockholm) and Sjarfartsmuseum (Gothenburg). Donna and I are so excited about presenting this season's online exhibition which features a trip to Spain that Mats took during the fall of 1992-1993. Appreciating  Coastal Towns in Spain is an exhibition of pencil and red clay drawings of the coastal towns Mats visited during this sojourn. In addition to the online exhibition, we are sharing snippets of Mats's studio you can see that here via Vimeo and if you are following us on Instagram I am sharing videos and live stories from the studio over the next couple of months.

mats westelius skörde art detail:  photo credit cecily ferguson

mats westelius skörde art detail:  photo credit cecily ferguson

We are incredibly grateful that this season promises to be exciting because we are announcing our first popup exhibition that will take place during Mariestad’s culture and harvest festival – save the date September 29th – 30th. My Mariestad is a konst collabs (all female) event with D+ C Contemporary x Kreativ Collabs x Anna the Råw that features a few of our favorite D+C artists along with a few artists from The States and locally from (or connected to) Mariestad.  We are hoping this is only the first of many more D+C popup exhibitions.

And with a new season comes a refreshed platform. We want to make sure we bring more awareness to issues that are important to women and the expat experience. Carolina Mayorga, for My Mariestad, created a series of pink works that focus on Mariestad, but these works are part of a much larger series titled Pink: The Art of Infatuation and Embellishment. These works and this series are important reminders that October is the time to think pink and bring awareness to breast cancer.

carolina mayorga pink boots with raspberry: photo credit cecily ferguson

carolina mayorga pink boots with raspberry: photo credit cecily ferguson

And as this exhibition will come to an end during the Thanksgiving holiday in The States we would like to wish all of you in The States (Thursday November 23rd), Sweden (actually referred to as tacksägelsedagen Söndag Oktober 8th) and Canada (Monday October 9th) a Happy Thanksgiving!

xox, Cecily