Natusha Croes

  • Biography
  • Statement
  • CV

Natusha Croes is a plethora of beings; artist, producer and storyteller. Using the medium of film, performative experiences and music to create a state of reverence towards Aruba’s natural and cultural heritage.

TACTUS, their first artistic attempt to establish a connection with the landscape was a musical and poetic transmission. That manifested from the engagement with the cacti organisms that grow on Aruba.  Activating sonically it's thorns and creating rhythms upon which we can musically engage, invite a state of remembrance and mode of being.

From there on the curiosity grew. A performative state of reflection and chain reaction that a touch-based sensibility induces. From touch a caressing tendency is provoked, a need to unfold into more. Subjects such as decolonisation, the fluidity of identity, site-specific transmission, the prehistoric myth-making body, unraveling a state of deep listening, somatic embodiment, caribbean multiculturalism, inform the realm of their artistic narrative.

Natusha participated in the following exhibitions and residencies; Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago at MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art) 2017, Caribisch Liaison at CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam 2016, Stay At Home Residency of CATAPULT. In 2018 she was admitted to Goldsmiths University of London with a scholarship from Prins Bernhard CultuurFonds and Muller Fonds to be able to fulfil her Masters in Performance Making. Ever since Natusha is based on Aruba, to deepen her ties to the island and the Caribbean as a whole. 

I’m an artist that creates from a sense of deep reverence towards Aruba’s natural heritage. I’m led by a deep sense of longing and child-like curiosity to play and create from an immediate interaction with the landscape. Manifesting from an urgency to reconnect with the island from which I originate.

Exhibitions
2019, Performance for PlataformA Foundation (National Library, Oranjestad, Aruba)
2019, After the Storm; graduation festival MA Performance Making, London, UK
2018, PROPOSAL for a Modern Art Museum on Aruba by Stichting Gast
2018, «Through elemental memory» private event and dinner reception for the German Ambassador first time visit in Aruba (Oranjestad, Aruba)
2017, «TACTUS II» at Aruba Art Fair for Prins Bernhard Cultuurfunds Caribisch Gebied sponsored by Caribbean Mercantile Bank (San Nicolaas, Aruba, Dutch Caribbean)
2017, «TACTUS, an audiovisual experience» presented at Cas Di Cultura (Oranjestad,
Aruba, Dutch Caribbean)
2017, «Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago» curated by Tatiana Flores and Michelle A.Stephens for the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), on the occasion of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (Los Angeles, CA, US)
2017, « Rooftop whales, an audiovisual experience » at WavePool Gallery (Cincinnati, OH, US)
2017, « Still they persist » at WavePool Gallery (Cincinnati, OH, US)
2017, « Could that last sentence be the title? » at SomoS Art House (Berlin, Germany)
(artist in residency)
2017, «The heart shall be in the title» at SomoS Art House (Berlin, Germany)
(artist in residency)
2016, REAL, exhibition at Ateliers ‘89 (artist, performer, graphic designer) (Aruba, Dutch Caribbean)

2016, BASHA Foundation presents Poetry Night (coordinator, performer, graphic designer from January - April, Aruba, Dutch Caribbean)
2016, Caribische Liaisons Exhibition at CBK Zuidoost (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
2016, Aruba Art Fair: Liaison on behalf of the ministry of culture and performer (Aruba, Dutch Caribbean)
2016, 360 Days of Happiness Conference Dinner (performer, scriptwriter) for ATA
(Aruba Tourism Authority) (Aruba, Dutch Caribbean)
2015, Caribbean linked III (residency) at Ateliers ‘89 (Aruba, Dutch Caribbean)
2015, Aruba International Film Festival - Drama Shorts Block (screening short film) (Aruba, Dutch Caribbean)
2015, Arti et Amicitiae - Tomorrow Never Knows / Radio Neverno (performer) (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
2015, WONDER & WANDER Rietveld in de Oude Kerk (installation performance)
(Amsterdam,The Netherlands)

Publications
2017, «Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago»
Editor(s): Tatiana Flores, Michelle Ann Stephens
Contributor(s): Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Antonio Eligio Fernandez, Nicholas Laughlin,
Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Jerry Philogene, and Laura Roulet
Published: September 2017
Pages: 352
Illustrations: 200 color plates
Sales/Territorial Rights: World
ISBN-978-1-934491-57-7 ISBN-978-1-934491-58-4
2017, « Could that last sentence be the title? » A5 flip book edited and printed at ArtEZ
University of the Arts (Arnhem, The Netherlands) and SomoS Art House (Berlin, Germany)
Pages: 258
2017, «Could that last sentence be the title?» A4 edited and printed at ArtEZ University
of the Arts (Arnhem, The Netherlands) and SomoS Art House (Berlin, Germany)
Pages: 53
2017, «Could that last sentence be the title?» A3 edited and printed at ArtEZ University of the Arts (Arnhem, The Netherlands) and SomoS Art House (Berlin, Germany)
Pages: 26
2016, «Collectivo Grupo: Performative Gestures»
2015, «Arc Magazine: I’m so excited I think I’m going to puke»
2015, «Caribbean Linked III: It’s a love and hate relationship: a perpetual limbo»

Education
2010 - 2015, Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), BA Fine Arts
2013 - 2014, Exchange at Ar.Co. (Lisbon, Portugal)
2018 – 2019, Goldsmiths University of London, MA Performance Making, Masters of Arts