Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity

8 May 2018 – 1 Jul 2018

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Birmingham, United Kingdom


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CARISCC is an international interdisciplinary research network of seven leading universities in Caribbean Studies (Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow and Dundee in the UK; The University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands; Brock University in Canada; and Rutgers University in the USA) who work in close collaboration with the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica. The network looks at how Caribbean people deploy their creative energy to live with the everyday effects of poverty, inequality, social conflict and environmental challenges, while also generating globally influential creativity in political, literary, dance, aural, visual and audio-visual cultures.

The CARISCC exhibition includes commissioned work by sculptural artist Sonia E. Barrett, whose installation piece “The Difficult Conversation” (2017) was developed in consultation with local residents from African and Caribbean diaspora communities in Chapeltown, Leeds, using found furniture to creatively interpret the CARISCC themes of precarity and insecurity.

In addition, digital projections of paintings, photographs, documentary film clips and multi-media works by 11 contemporary visual artists of Caribbean descent will also be displayed throughout the gallery, shown alongside photographs taken by members of the CARISCC Research Network during recent fieldtrips to the Caribbean region.


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