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Held in September, the Rolex Arts Weekend was co-presented by Rolex – through its Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative – and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), America’s leading multiarts centre.

A public conversation with mentors from the 2020-2022 cycle of the Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative. Credit: Rolex

The multidisciplinary arts festival showcased public conversations, performances and installations featuring the works of outstanding young artists from around the world, who are mentored by a panel of acclaimed creatives, including American filmmaker Spike Lee, and songwriter, actor, playwright and filmmaker Lin-Manuel Miranda, in a two-year programme.

(From left) Carrie Mae Weems, Camila Rodriguez Triana, Whitney White, Phyllida Lloyd, Jean-Frederic Dufour, Spike Lee, Kyle Bell, Agustina San Martin, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Credit: Rolex

Each of these artists is paired with an expert from diverse fields and backgrounds, prompting dialogues spanning generations, cultures and disciplines. For example, Camila Rodriguez Triana, a Colombian mixed-media artist who was mentored by prominent American contemporary artist Carrie Mae Weems, explored her personal heritage as a Mestiza woman in Colombia.

Oscarwinning auteur Spike Lee (left) mentored protege Kyle Bell for his short films that reflect his Native American experiences. Credit: Rolex

Meanwhile, Lin-Manuel Miranda, known for works like Broadway musical Hamilton and the movie Tick, Tick… Boom!, mentored Agustina San Martin, who produced a visceral, multimedia piece that juxtaposed elements of music and film, and was projected onto “clouds” that were floating in the darkened space.