18 February – Saturday, 25 March 2017 – Glasgow, Scotland – Transmission Gallery
“One of the most remarkable developments in the Caribbean and its diaspora over the past two decades or so is the emergence of a generation of young visual artists working in various media (paint, film, performance) who have been transforming Caribbean visual practice, perhaps even Caribbean visual culture.
Importantly these younger artists did not grow up in the “aftermaths of sovereignty” so much as in the aftermaths of sovereignty’s aftermaths. They grow up in a context in which the great narratives of sovereignty, once oppositional, once open to the adventure of a future-to-come, have congealed and ossified, and in doing so disclose more and more their own modes of exclusion, marginalization, repression, and intolerance. And as the old anti-systemic movements for social and political change became installed in power in the new states of the region they stultified into new modes of orthodoxy, into their own terrified normativities, anxiously policing the boundaries of identity and community, the expressions of personhood and belonging, of sex and pleasure.
These are precisely themes that preoccupy this younger generation, and that provoke and illuminate the domain we call Caribbean queer visuality.”
Director, The Small Axe Project
Outburst Queer Arts Festival – Caribbean Queer Visualities
10 – 19 November 2016 – Belfast – Northern Ireland – Golden Thread Gallery
Caribbean Queer Visualities, co-sponsored by the CCSD working group the Digital Black Atlantic Project, reflects on and stimulates the production of creative and critical work that takes seriously the emergence of heterodox personal and public identities, identities that breach or subvert or evade the heteronormativities of colonial and postcolonial modes of being and self-expression. Growing in part out of a concern about the catastrophes of sexual othering, not to say sexual violence, so rampant in the Caribbean, the conference asks whether or to what extent “queer” offers a way of understanding the contemporary in Caribbean visual art practice, and in scholarly considerations of this practice. Why is it imperative for Caribbean cultural workers—intellectuals and artists—to think about the efficacy of “queer”? What might thinking through “queer” illuminate about the contemporary in Caribbean art practice? link
Brighton Photo Biennial – The Dandy Lion Project
The Dandy Lion Project – Curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis – Date: 1 Oct to 30 Oct – Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm
The Dandy Lion Project explores global expressions of the Black Dandy phenomenon against the backdrop of contemporary life. The exhibition presents more than 150 images from over thirty photographers and filmmakers and is curated from an international open call by US curator, Shantrelle P. Lewis. The first comprehensive exhibition of its kind, this project highlights young men in cityscapes, defying stereotypical and monolithic understandings of Black male identity, by adopting Edwardian-era fashion and fusing this with traditional African sartorial sensibilities. Following acclaimed showings at Museum of Contemporary Photography – Chicago and Museum of African Diaspora – San Francisco, this European premiere of The Dandy Lion Project will also include a digital element featuring vintage family and archive images from a special call–out. A book accompanying the exhibition will be published by Aperture in Spring 2017.
Exhibiting photographers include: Hanif Abur-Rahim, Jody Ake, Abdul Aziz, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Rose Callahan, Kia Chenelle, Shawn Escoffery, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Russell K. Frederick, Cassi Amanda Gibson, Allison Janae Hamilton, Akintola Hanif, Harness Hamese, L. Kasimu Harris, Caroline Kaminju, Charl Landvreugd, Jati Lindsay, Devin Mays, Baudouin Mouanda, Terence Nance, Sierra Odessa, Arteh Odjidja, Numa Perrier, Alexis Peskine, Radcliffe Roye, Sara Shamsavari, Daniele Tamagni, Richard Terborg, Adrian O. Walker, Rog Walker. read on
Tent X Tate (collective)
This summer, TENT and Tate form a unique partnership in a pilot exchange programme for young people and artists. Eight young people from London and Rotterdam will form a collective with four artists from both cities. As part of this intensive programme, participants work collaboratively to presentation reflections of two cities geographic, cultural and creative landscapes. The outcomes will be shown at TENT and at Tate Modern in the form of a series of events. read on
CBK Zuid Oost – Kopro Beki Prodo
te zien in augustus 2016 in het CBK Zuid Oost, Amsterdam
Kunstenaar Charl Landvreugd kreeg van CBK ZO de opdracht om een hedendaagse sculptuur te maken die deze traditie ondersteunt en uitdraagt. Gevoed door verhalen van de dames van de groep maakte hij een hedendaagse Kopre Beki, samengesteld uit een bekken gevuld met blauw-witte doeken, koperen en zilveren blaasinstrumenten en Delfts-blauw keramiek. In het koper zijn ook slang en vissen te ontdekken. De slang staat voor de slagengod Papasneki en de vissen verbeelden overvloed. lees meer
Open Arts Journal – Notes on Imagining Afropea
Prospects & Concepts – Talent Development Grant exhibition – Mondriaan Fund
From 11 until 14 February 2016 the Mondriaan Fund will present the fourth edition of Prospects & Concepts during the international art fair Art Rotterdam at the Van Nellefabriek in Rotterdam. In the exhibition the work of 54 visual artists who received a Talent Development Grant in 2014 will be shown.
Date / Location
Wed 10 February to Sun 14 February / Van Nellefabriek, Van Nelleweg 1, Rotterdam
The Mondriaan Fund organizes the exhibition Prospects & Concepts every year in order to boost the visibility of emerging artists. With Art Rotterdam just around the corner, art professionals and collectors, but also a broad group of interested individuals have the opportunity to become acquainted with the work of these promising artists. Moreover, the exhibition is a perfect opportunity to present the work produced thanks, in part, to a contribution from the Mondriaan Fund.