The Loisaida Center is proud to announce

2018 Artistic Residency Recipient:

ANTHONY ROSADO


Anthony Rosado

Testourmonials Project

Spring and Summer, 2018

Objective

Through the course of the residency, Anthony’s project aims to use the researched and archived history, herstory, principles, spiritual practices, and core values of the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean as means to follow the “Native Caribbean Day – Celebration Model” being drafted. The Testourmonials Project hosted an exhibition at the Loisaida Center opening Monday, March 26–30, 2018. The exhibition will be relaying information, sources, reflections, visual art, commissioned photography, and an installation to share the research. Descendants will learn of traditions, practices, values, and foods cultivated by ancestors whose stories are made accessible.The model will consequently be redrafted considering review by active members of the Arawak Tainx community and their modern day practices. Once the model is complete, a proposal will be drafted and campaign launched to consider the “Ní’Tiñao Heritage Day” an annual city-wide, then state-wide, thereafter country-wide, and finally internationally recognized holiday. The holiday will be presented during Summer 2018 via promotion during events, workshops, festivals, and more hosted by organizations who supported the holiday’s culmination.

Overview

After graduating Trinity College with a B.A. in theater and dance, Rosado performed in works by Anabella Lenzu, Deborah Goffe of Scapegoat Garden, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Carmen Caceres of Dance Action, and Leyya Mona Tawil of Dance Elixr. He studied with George Emilio Sanchez during Hemispheric Institute‘s Summer 2015 EMERGENYCPerformer’s Program.

Rosado has choreographed performances for Ange Noir Café via Chez Bushwick’s ’24 hour Choreographer’s Project’, Issue Project Room & the Eden’s Expressway Open Performance Series via Movement Research, Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance via their Blaktinx 2015 & Out Like That! 2016 Performance Series & Dancing While Black’s Masculinities Reborn Series, Gallatin Arts Festival‘s Black Lives Matter series, The Moon Show, and The Judson Church Open Performance Series.

As curator, Anthony has presented the “Universal Humyn Love Series” at Make the Road NY, the “#NativeBushwick Artist Lecture Series” at Brooklyn Fire Proof, here at the Loisaida Center, and Progress in Five Myles Gallery. He was a 2016 artist-in-residence with Chez Bushwick and is currently the 2018 artist-in-residence at the Loisaida Center. Anthony is also curating and organizing group-led workshops, performances, and discussion series as founder of the Testourmonials Project.

Completed Project

In effort to honor Indigenous Caribbean ancestors while providing their descendants with the legitimacy and empowerment of cultural identity, the Testourmonials Project researched, drafted, and presented an Indigena Caribe Heritage Day that intends on one day being celebrated internationally. As founder and artistic director of the Testourmonials Project, Anthony Rosado developed a campaign and built a case to support city-wide, national, and international celebration of Caribbean Heritage. This model will be shared with organizations indigenous to the Ní’Tiñao via interviews, as well as a community engagement workshop and performance components. From March 26th to March 30th, 2018, the Testourmonials Project hosted an exhibition at the Loisaida Center, which relayed information, sources, reflections, visual art, commissioned photography, and an installation to share the research of the project.