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The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University announced its headlining exhibition for this year’s Art Basel season, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago (Oct. 13 – Jan. 13). The first major survey of this size and scope of 21st century art by 67 contemporary Caribbean artists representing 14 Caribbean countries, including Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, whose works offer expansive perspectives that transcend the boundaries imposed upon Caribbean cultures.
Departing from the premise that the concept of Latin America favors mainland countries, the exhibition proposes a mapping of the region that begins with the islands. Arising from a legacy of colonialism, recurrent themes include race and ethnicity, history, identity, sovereignty, migration and sustainability.
Nearly seventy works by Caribbean painters, installation artists, sculptors, photographers, video and performance artists connect through ideas that go beyond language barriers, politics, and historic colonial divides. Artists in Relational Undercurrents include: Allora & Calzadilla, Edouard Duval-Carrie, Adler Guerrier, Deborah Jack, Glenda Leon, Beatriz Santiago Munoz, Angel Otero, Manuel Pina, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Jimmy Robert and Didier William, among others.
“Because of Miami’s geographic proximity to the Caribbean nations, as well as our cultural mosaic which Caribbean cultures have shaped, it was important for us to bring this exhibition to Miami during Art Basel season,” said Dr. Jordana Pomeroy, the director of the museum. “Our new season opens up a dialogue about global commonalities rather than differences, from ecological changes to societal values around the world.”
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