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Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago

Black Bullets, 2012. By Jeannette Ehlers

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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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Oct. 09, 2018

ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago”

  1. Jack says:

    I as a non Haitian have a real problem with this site that spends so much time on the diaspora activities here in the USA and so little time on what they could do to help their own people. I have volunteered for over 12years now to mentor small and medium sized businesses but have been unsuccessful in getting the diaspora to help. They would rather earn their money and send it back to their relatives or community. A great contribution to the effort but every person in the diaspora has a talent, a trade or business to share. In my work in Haiti I attempt to give nothing away but my business experience. Why can’t the successful Haitians here do the same?

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