Confluence: Shifting Perspectives of the Caribbean brings together artworks produced by 11 artists with cultural ties to the Caribbean for Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto. Commissioned as part of Art in Transit, the project will appear on PATTISON Onestop screens from July 25 – August 29, 2014.
Confluence will be presented every 10 minutes on PATTISON Onestop subway platform screens across Toronto and every 5 minutes on shopping mall screens across Canada. In addition select artworks will be presented on 2 PATTISON billboards along the Gardiner Expressway (at Kipling) from July 21 – August 3 bringing the Caribbean Carnival to the daily commuter.
Curated by Pamela Edmonds and Sally Frater of Third Space Art Projects, Confluence: Shifting Perspectives of the Caribbean highlights the work of Nicole Awai, Sandra Brewster, Charles Campbell, Delio Delgado, Polibio Díaz, Zachary Fabri, Jérôme Havre, Karyn Olivier, Sheena Rose, Wayne Salmon, and Natalie Wood.
Drawing inspiration from the geographical term that references the meeting of two or more bodies of water, the artists in Confluence address myriad subjectivities and concerns yet all in some manner or form embody the notion of movement. The artists have roots in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Guyana and Martinique. Responding to the exhibiting platforms of the TTC, malls, and billboards along the Gardiner Expressway, the works in Confluence collectively touch on a range of themes such as hybridity, the performative, migration and transformation, highlighting a notion of a space that is always in flux, refracting and shifting to illuminate new perspectives.
“The opportunity to work with Third Space Art Projects and PATTISON’s Art in Transit is a unique opportunity for the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival. Ours is a street festival that takes place in several public spaces, so why not use transit and other spaces to reveal our creativity.” ~ Denise Herrera Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Festival Management Committee.
A reception for Confluence will take place on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at BAND Gallery and Cultural Space located at 1 Lansdowne Avenue, 2nd Floor (Queen St. West/Lansdowne Ave.).
Confluence: Shifting Perspectives of the Caribbean is a co-presentation of PATTISON Onestop and Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto, and was commissioned as part of PATTISON’s ongoing Art in Transit programme.
Nicole Awai was born in Trinidad and educated in the USA. She received her BA in 1991 and an MFA in Multi-media Art in 1996 from the University of South Florida. She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1997. She has exhibited widely in the US as well as internationally at such institutions as PS1 MOMA, the Brooklyn Museum, The Salvador Dali Museum and the Queens Museum. Her work was included in the Biennial of Ceramic in Contemporary Art in Italy in 2003 and in the Busan Biennale in Korea in 2008. She has been an artist in residence at numerous places including, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The John Michael Kohler Center as well Hunter College. She was invited to speak about her work at the Whitney Museum of American Art as featured artist in the Initial Public Offerings series in 2005. Awai’s work was included in Global Caribbean: Focus on the Contemporary Caribbean Visual Art Landscape which subsequently resulted in the conference Global Caribbean: Interrogating the Politics of Location in Literature & Culture, a collaboration with the University of Miami, where she was a featured speaker. The artist was awarded the 2011 Joan Mitchell Painter and Sculpture Grant and an Art Matters Grant (2013). She lives and works in New York City.
Sandra Brewster is a multi-media artist creating work that engages issues of race, identity, representation and memory. She is particularly interested in the generation of folk of the African descent who arrived from the Caribbean during the migration influx of the 1960’s and 70’s, Sandra holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from York University and is a recipient of grants from the Toronto, Ontario and Canada art councils. Her work has been published in Of Note Magazine, The Walrus, Small Axe, Chimurenga Magazine, Mix Magazine and NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, among others. Recent venues where her work has been exhibited include Alice Yard, Trinidad and Tobago, in Ontario: Georgia Scherman Projects and A Space Gallery, in Toronto, Robert Langen Gallery, Wilfrid Laurier University, in Waterloo and The Print Studio in Hamilton; SPACE, in London, England; and Five Myles Gallery, New York, NY. Sandra’s practice also includes work as an arts educator/community arts facilitator and she has coordinated numerous exhibitions involving local artists. www.sandrabrewster.com
Charles Campbell is a Jamaican-born multidisciplinary artist, writer and curator, who has been based in Canada, England and Jamaica. He holds an MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College University of London and a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal. Campbell is a passionate and outspoken advocate of Jamaican and Caribbean contemporary art and has experience mounting exhibitions and running arts education programs for non‐profits in Canada and England. Campbell has worked as an arts writer and editor for the Gleaner and Jamaica Herald and is a regular contributor to ARC Magazine, a Caribbean arts journal. He has exhibited widely in North America, the Caribbean, and Europe including Infinite Islands: Contemporary Caribbean Art, at the Brooklyn Museum in 2007; the 2009 Havana Biennial; and Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions, held at the Art Museum of the Americas in 2011. He currently lives and works in Jamaica. www.charlescampbellart.com
Delio Delgado is a multi-media artist based in Hamilton, Ontario. He holds BFAs from the National School of Visual Art in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Altos de Chavon School of Design, which is affiliated with The Parsons New School of Design in New York. He has shown his work at in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including The Print Studio, The Art Gallery of Peterborough, Espace Amalgama in Belgium, the Civil Museum of Cremona in Italy and the Museum of Modern Art, Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He has received numerous grants from the Ontario Arts Council including the OAC’s Access and Career Development grant.
Poblio Díaz was born in Barahona, Dominican Republic. He started his studies in photography in Texas at A&M University, USA where he earned a degree in civil engineering. After working as both engineer and photographer he decided to dedicate himself entirely to photography, performance and video art. He has participated in the Havana, Venice and the Caribbean Biennales , as well as, in exhibitions such as Infinite Islands: Contemporary Caribbean Art at the Brooklyn Museum; First Cultural Festival of Countries from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP), at the Santo Domingo Museum of Modern Art, MAM; Kréol Factory at the Grand Halle de la Villette, Paris. His photographs were included in 100 Years of Photography: 1899-1999: A Personal Vision of the XX Century, at the Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, Connecticut. Díaz has received international awards including Climarte of Casa de América, Cuba; an editorial award at the V Caribbean Biennale in Dominican Republic; honorable mention at the Havana Biennale; and Asahi Shimon’s International Salon of Photography in Japan, As well as the Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jiménes and the Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM). In 2013 his video MANIFIESTO received an award during the recent National Biennales at Santo Domingo Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM). www.polibiodiaz.com.do.
Zachary Fabri received his BFA in graphic design from New World School of the Arts in Miami in 2000. He continued his studies at Hunter College, where he received an MFA in 2007. His solo exhibitions include Marrow in the Morrows, Third Streaming, New York (2012), and Not Cool: Out of Balance, Galerie Open, Berlin (2010). His group exhibitions include Radical Presence, The Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, (2012), The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Grey Art Gallery, NYU (2013), Fore, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2012); Civil Disobedience, White Box, New York (2010); Rockstone and Bootheel: Contemporary West Indian Art, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT (2009); Metro Poles: Art in Action, Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY (2008); Neo Neo Dada, Rush Arts Gallery, New York (2007); Dark Matter, Galerie Open, Berlin (2007); Momentum: Nordic Biennial for Contemporary Art, Moss, Norway (2006); Domestic Affairs, Projekt 0047, Berlin (2006); and What Means Free?, Chelsea Hotel, New York (2005). www.zacharyfabri.com.
Jérôme Havre was born in Paris and completed his studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. During his time at the School of Fine Arts he was awarded three scholarships that enabled him to pursue different art practices: silk printing techniques in New York (Cooper Union), printing techniques in Barcelona (Bellas Artes) and painting and video in Berlin (Universität der Künste Berlin – HDK) in the workshop of Marwan Kassab Bashi. His work interrogates issues of identity (his family is from Martinique), territory and community through the representation of nature. Havre uses textiles, sculpture, digital prints, photographic images, murals, sound recording, and videos to create scenographic installations. For him, the use of a technological process is not only to accomplish a specific task, but a necessary form of expression itself. Havre was long-listed for the 2010 Sobey Art Award and his work was most recently seen in the exhibition Fictions and Legends with Heather Goodchild at the Textile Museum of Canada. More of his work can be viewed at www.foreignbodies.org/jeromehavre
Karyn Olivier, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, received her M.F.A. at Cranbrook Academy of Art and her B.A at Dartmouth College. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Gwangju and Busan Biennials (Korea), World Festival of Black Arts and Culture (Dakar, Senegal), the Wanas Foundation (Sweden), The Studio Museum in Harlem (NY), The Whitney Museum of Art at Altria (NY), MoMA P.S.1 (NY), The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and the SculptureCenter (NY), She is the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, the New York Foundation for the Arts Award, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, the William H. Johnson Prize, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award and a Creative Capital Foundation grant. www.karynolivier.com
Sheena Rose was born in 1985 and has a BFA from the Barbados Community College. Rose’s work is comprised of hand drawn animation combined with photographs, mixed media, transfers and comic strips. The animations have a surreal quality and deal with daily life, space and the stereotype of her country. Rose has exhibited extensively, both regionally and internationally. Her work has been shown at Real Art Ways, Hartford Connecticut, Queens Museum, New York, Uitnodiging Amsterdam, Holland, Havana Biennial, Cuba, ACIA, Madrid, Spain, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C, Greatmore Art Studios, Cape Town, SA, International Curator Forum, Bristol, England, CMAC, Martinique, Museo de Arte, Contemporaneo de Puerto, Puerto Rico, Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Kentucky, US, Aruba Biennial, Aruba and Panama Biennial del Sur, Panama, Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad. http://sheenaroseart.wix.com/.
Wayne Salmon is a writer and photographer based in Toronto. Born in Jamaica, he immigrated to Canada in the early 1980’s. After studying English Literature at York University, he developed a passion for photography upon discovering the works of Roy DeCarva. Concerned with issues of culture, identity and representation, his work is focused on portraiture, particularly on peoples of the African and Caribbean Diaspora. Wayne was the founding editor of Umoja Urban Culture Magazine, co-founder and curator at Brickhouse Studio & Gallery, and is one of the founding members of SEEN, a collective of Black Canadian artists. Salmon’s writings have appeared in various publications including The Great Black North: Contemporary African Canadian Poetry. His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums in Canada and the US. Recent exhibitions include Reflections on Black, at Heritage Canada; Bearing Witness, at XEXE Gallery; and Becoming: Photographs from the Wedge Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. His work can be viewed at www.waynesalmon.net.
Natalie Wood is a contemporary multimedia artist and curator who creates and exhibits art-work that co-habits the areas of art and historical research. Her work includes the use of recyclable materials, drawing and painting, printmaking, video and web-based art. Born and raised in Trinidad, Natalie obtained her studio training at Ontario College of Art and Design and went on to complete an MA in Art Education from the University of Toronto in 2000. Her works have been presented nationally and internationally in several group exhibitions (Women’s Arts Resource Centre Gallery 2012, Art Gallery of Peterborough 2012, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art 2007), International Art Fairs (Artist Project Toronto 2010, Nuit Blanche 2007, Toronto Alternative Art Fair International, & Caribbean Contemporary Art Centre 7, 2006), and film and video festivals (the New York Mix Film and Video Festival, Inside Out, Images, Pleasure Dome and Mpenzi Film and Video festival. Her work is also significant for its determination to reinstate black feminist and queer identities into broader historical narratives and aesthetic frameworks. Her work can be viewed at http://iamnataliewood.blogspot.ca/
Image credit: Jérôme Havre, Untitled / Sans titre, photograph, mixed media, 2009.