Sharelly Emanuelson (b. 1986) is a filmmaker and visual artist. She graduated from the School of the Arts in Utrecht where she studied her BA in Audiovisual Media and she completed her MA in Artistic Research from the Royal Art Academy in The Hague.
Born and raised in Curaçao and Aruba, her work tries to explore and understand what it is that Emanuelson feels and sees as a Caribbean existence and being. She questions the (im)possibility to visualize the current Caribbean reality and sensibility and her work reflects this struggle from an opinionated artistic perspective. Her goal is to direct and produce many audiovisual projects internationally. As a freelance film maker she has done research for film and television productions.
In 2011, Emanuelson founded Uniarte & Caribbean Visuals, an organisation which focuses on promoting emerging Dutch Caribbean artist and brings art and creativity closer to the Dutch Caribbean Community. In 2012, Emanuelson was a guest speaker for the roundtable discussion Close Encounters of the Caribbean Kind II: On Decolonial Aesthetics and European Blackness, organised by Framer Framed and in cooperation with Non Employees and Kunsthal KAdE.
Most recently she was nominated for the Volkskrant visual art price 2020 in the Netherlands where she will present her work “En Mi Pais”, that was made during her residency at Caribbean Linked hosted by Ateliers ‘89 in Aruba. Emanuelson is also a guest lecturer at the University of Curaçao