of Freedom in Recent Caribbean (American) Art
A joint project with Sumei Multidisciplinary
Arts Center, featuring nine artists from the Caribbean and
the U.S., presenting works dealing with different aspects
of life and freedom in a postcolonial world.
Acevedo Elia Alba
Carlos Betancourt Albert Chong
Vladimir Cybil Annalee
Davis Richard Fung
Wednesday, March 8
5 – 7 pm
video screening: "On the Map" by Annalee Davis
Tuesday, April 4, 4 pm
Wednesday, April 5 2:30 –
Scholars: Belinda Edmondson
Artists: Annalee Davis
The Western question of freedom became an issue in the
Caribbean region with the advent of colonialism, the enslavement
of the region's indigenous populations and the subsequent importation
of slaves from other parts of the world. In the era of independence
and nationalist movements (1960s - 1980s), the question of freedom
took on politically programmatic answers. The intellectual climate
of the current era of postcoloniality (1980s to the present) permits
us to reflect on the very question of freedom itself, on the representation
of freedom through its various channels: in art, culture, religion,
travel, and government.
The exhibition No Country is an Island: Figures
of Freedom in Recent Caribbean (American) Art presents the
work of artists who grapple with different aspects of this ubiquitous
question of freedom, either directly or indirectly. Their work examines
contemporary problems in the states of "Caribbeanness"—the
new predicaments of freedom that postcolonial worlds deliver. These
predicaments are not island-bound or circumscribed by a sea, but
are global in terms of political and cultural scope.
Predicaments in question include the rethinking of diasporic
experience (within and outside the Caribbean), the CARICOM Single
Market and Economy initiative, the fabrication of new identities
for new spaces, the politicization of those spaces, and the creation
of new mythologies with which to retell regional stories.
This is a collaborative exhibition organized by Yoland
Skeete, Director of Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center in Newark,
and Jorge Daniel Veneciano, Director of the Paul Robeson Gallery.
A catalogue will accompany the exhibition, containing essays by
the curators, invited scholars, and artists. A panel discussion
will be presented, engaging both artists and scholars about their
work and relevant concerns. Please check back for specific dates
for the opening reception and panel, to be posted in the near future.