Thursday, February 22, 2018

Relational Undercurrents: What Binds Art and Ideas in the Polyglot Caribbean?


“These are places that weren’t supposed to be places,” says Trinidadian artist Christopher Cozier. “You have a location where competing European kingdoms created external labor camps to enrich themselves …” The Caribbean has mountains and lowlands; tropical weather and dry. It is home to people who bear indigenous, African, European and Asian roots and speak English, Dutch, Spanish, French and Kreyol. Over the centuries, its myriad nations have been governed by colonial authority, monarchy, democracy, dictatorship... Relational Undercurrents  doesn’t seek to define the Caribbean, nor to capture the breadth of its experience. Instead, it zooms in on points of connection, looking for ideas that bind, rather than the red lines that divide. The result is built around themes that transcend language, politics and the old colonial divides — and that pierce the trope of island paradise. More >>