A Guadelupian artist’s works exhibited at the Pérez Art Museum [fr]
The exhibition Caribbean: Crossroads of the World was presented in 2012 in New York, in conjunction with the Museo del Barrio, The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Queen Museum. It now takes place in the city that is undoubtedly the most intimately tied to its subject, in the new and prestigious Pérez Art Museum.
The Miami exhibition features new talents, including the young guadeloupean artist Kelly Sinnapah Mary. Born in Pointe-à-Pitre in 1981, Kelly Sinnapah Mary has been rewarded several times for her innovating and moving works. She represents the new generation of visual arts in Guadeloupe. Through her artwork “Vagina”, she invites us to rethink about the position of women in our societies, and to focus on the symbolical and physical violence that so seriously impedes their rights and freedoms as individuals. In Caribbean crossroads , her works stand alongside with Janine Antoni’s or Renée Cox’s, whose approaches also bear the stamp of a strong feminist commitment.
Overall, it is a 180-objects-selection that is being presented at the PAMM in this exhibit. It mixes historical works by artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Victor Patricio Landaluze, Camille Pissarro, Wifredo Lam, Amelia Pélaez and Armando Reverón, with works by contemporary artists, including Allora and Calzadilla, Janine Antoni, Renée Cox and Ebony G. Patterson, among many others. Through different techniques (from paintings and sculptures to prints, photographs, installations, films, and videos), these artists underline the social, geographical, political and economic issues of the Caribbean, highlighting the artistic heritage of the area and giving us the opportunity to seize and understand better its History, from the Haitian revolution to the present days.
To organize so much history, so many nations, geographies, traditions and identities,the exhibition is divided into different themes: :
Counterpoints reflects on the economic developments of the Caribbean, focusing on the shift from plantation systems and commodities such as sugar, tobacco, and banana to the energy and tourism industries, which have had tremendous aesthetic and social impact while proving to be a source of wealth and conflict.
Patriot Acts studies the central role that creole culture and notions of hybridity, supported by newly empowered local economic forces, play in the configuration of national and regional discourses of identity, and how artists and intellectuals often pitted traditional, academic aesthetics against the “authentic,” indigenous and African heritages of the Caribbean.
Fluid Motions examines the complexities of the geographical and geopolitical realities of a region made up of islands and coastal areas, connected and separated by bodies of water, where human and natural forces collide, and commercial routes has often camouflaged foreign imperial ambitions.
Kingdoms of this World considers the amazing variety of visual systems, languages, cultures and religions that co-exist in the Caribbean, and their role in the development of popular traditions such as syncretic religions, popular music genres, newly created languages, and the carnival.
Shades of History explores the significance of race and its relevance to the history and visual culture of the Caribbean, beginning with the pivotal moment of the Haitian Revolution in 1791. Race is analyzed as a trigger for discussions on human rights, social status, national identity, and beauty.
Land of the Outlaw addresses the dual images of the Caribbean as a Utopian place of pleasure and a land of deviance and illicit activity, and how they intertwine in a myriad foundational myths and stereotypes (from pirates and zombies to dictators and drug smugglers) that are now part of global popular culture.
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