Sasha DeesCurator

New York / Amsterdam /Caribbean
“I want to provide a platform for emerging artists who push limits, cross borders and break down barriers. Art for me is about communication, confronting people without imposing, and creating a dialogue that offers a different perspective.

I am interested in the collaboration between different cultures, traditions, genders and the various art disciplines. All art disciplines are equally important to me –theater, visual art, dance, music, spoken word and film. I work with artists who experiment with the classical art forms, who mix them up and break them down– not to destroy, but to analyze and re-use and build something new.”
Sasha Dees is an independent cultural producer / curator on international art projects. She lives and works between the Netherlands, USA and the Caribbean region.

Dees has worked as a curator on: Chinese Whispers I, II en III (Chelsea Art walk / New Museum New York / Frascati Amsterdam 2000-2002), Crossing Waters and Borders down Memory Lane exhibit (Triskell, Cork Ireland, 2005); District Q, exhibitions part 3, 4 & 5 (Locus11 Rotterdam / W139, Amsterdam, 2006-2008); Faces of Curacao presented by RU (Brooklyn, 2012), Amsterdam in Front of You by Pop-Up Gallery Amsterdam (2012); Sharing Identities (2011) Be You (2012), FREE (2013) (with Renske de Jong), Wanderlust (2014), t/huis (2015) and Unland (2016) at CBK in Amsterdam; DNA of Water (2017) in Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in New York City; a curatorial advisor for Textielfactorij (Nederland/India, 2017) and curator for Mammom (2018) in Museum of Fine Arts in Split Croatia.

She founded and curated the Artist in Residency program OAZO-AIR (2010-2014).

She worked as a producer on Interdisciplinary dance/video projects: YeYe (PS122, 2001), Ri-T-es (Summerstage, 2001), Americana/Immi-G (E-Moves, 2002) and Dominata (DTW, 2004) by Danzaisa, New York City; Project 7002 (Boymans van Beuningen, Rotterdam 2007), Witte Dieren (Rusland, 2013), Overvloed by Simone Bennett (NL, 2017), Miss T My American Dream / Sietske Tjallingii (USA, 2019).

Dees has written for ARC Magazine and Africanah and has been published in Imago Mundi/Caribbean (2015), Jamaica Flux (2016) and Bridging Art and Text by Karen Blixen Museum, Denmark (2017).

At the moment Dees just finished a research period (November 2017 – December 2018) researching the sustainability of art practices in the Caribbean region (in part made possible by Mondriaanfonds) and is now writing the book. She is a producer for the video art projects ALL SUNS FOREVER-Re-UNITNG US / Michelle Eistrup (DK/US, preproduction) and Gentle Wildfire / Simone Bennet (NL/Portugal preproduction); a visiting curator for Residency Unlimited and Art Omi (NY) and Gerrit Rietveld (NL(; and a contributing writer for Trendbeheer (2014).

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