Nash Caldera

Nash Caldera

Netherlands (Curacao)

  • Biography
  • Statement
  • CV

Nash Caldera (1991) studied Fine Art at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.
During her studies she did her own research in Cuba regarding the religion of santeria.
During her studies her fascination for her Identity as a queer black woman from Curaçao, ritual, spirituality and language started to develop. After graduating she continued her exploration on the area of spirituality by experimenting with her body, mind and verbal languages.


A former squat nowadays living community of 30 people. Driest started collaborating with City In The Making** where she has her studio and maintains a public neighborhood garden. In 2018/2019 she was part of WHW Akademija, run by the curatorial collective What, How and for Whom in Zagreb, Croatia. From 2019 she will enroll in the nomadic masters program of the Dutch Art Institute.

Nash Caldera is a visual and performance artist (Willemstad, Curaçao, 1991). In her work she explores her identity as a Black Queer Woman. By exploring her identity she touches the subjects of the colonial past in the Caribbean, religion and spirituality, and how all of the relate to our life now.

By doing so, she also tries to create a safe space for herself and create experiences and
teach about herself in relation to her culture. Religion, especially Afro-Caribbean Religion like Santeria, is visually very present in her works, but also superstitions she grew up with are incorporated.

Recently she started exploring the languages she dominates and how they translate in her mind (the translation of different verbal languages within thoughts). She tries to translate her feelings into experiences so others can be emotionally triggered.

Performance art, photography, installation, collage and video are her media of choice.
In her performances she creates rituals that touch on different subjects, the subjectivity of her works make it easy for people to relate, because her performances makes people
FEEL.

Najendra Caldera
Born in 1991, Willemstad, Curaçao
Based in Rotterdam since 2011

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Current Activities
- Fine Art Student, WDKA (2014 - 218)

Performance
2020 Distansia Distansiá, UniArte Caribbean Art Platform, Carthagenastraat 18,
Curaçao
2020 ANA-LIZE (spoken word) ( exhibition G/D THYSELF: Spirit Strategy On Raising
Free Black Children), Het Nieuwe Instituut Online, live.hetnieuweinstituut.nl/en
2020 Oshé Otura Maybe( exhibition G/D THYSELF: Spirit Strategy On Raising Free Black
Children), Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2019 “Nèt Mei Mei”, Witte de With Contemporary Art/ Melly, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2019 “Mansa”, Framer Framed Molenwijk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2019 “Adora Yemayá Tapá” apprentice Master (kunst podium T), TAC, Eindhoven, The
Netherlands
2018 “My Broken Tongue”, Galerie Lecq, Rotterdam, Netherland
2018 “Di tera nos a bin, di tera nos ta bai II”, HNI, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2018 “untitled” WdKA Graduation show, Blaak 10, Rotterdam, The Netherland
2018 “Di tera nos a bin, di tera nos ta bai” Sculpture International Rotterdam, Rotterdam,
The Netherlands
2018 “It’s Like A Sickness” , Bike Parking Lot Blaak, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2016 “Untiteld - Performance”, Mono , Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2016 “Protect my Tambú from all them Evil Eyes”, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2015 “Dutch media on “ Antillianen” ”, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Streetpainting
2010 International street painting festival “colors of willemstad”, Willemstad, Curaçao
2011 International street painting festival “colors of willemstad”, Willemstad, Curaçao

Group Exhibition
2020 “PORRTALS”, Growing Space Wielewaal, Rotterdam, The Netherland
2020 “Fragment of a poem…you can’t understand”, DE TOUR, De School, Amsterdam,
The Netherlands
2019 Partisipant in Who am I Becoming (project by Natalia Papaeva, Yasunori Kawamatsu
and Nia Konstantinova), Worm S/ash Gallery, Rotterdam,The Netherlands
2019 Part of installation “Identidat Tapá” apprentice Master (kunst podium T), TAC,
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
2018 “awe” out of the seri Kuaresma, Islas Inútiles, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2017 “Untiteld - Performance”, Mono , Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2016 “The pressure of power”, Ping⌿Pong exhibition, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2011 Seri “Nature”, Open atelier route 2011, Willemstad, Curaçao

Residency
2020 at UniArte Caribbean Art Platform, Carthagenastraat 18, Curaçao

Nominations
2018 WdKA Maaskantprijs 2018
2018 Willem de Kooning Academy Drempelprijs 2018

Publications
2018 Metropoli M Eindexamens 2018, cover Photo + Article NAJENA (NASH) CALDERA pag.35
2018 Metropolis M. com, “Graduation Shows 2018: Willem de Kooning Academie”