Now on view at the Portland Museum of Art, “Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago”
Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago calls attention to a region of the Americas that is difficult to categorize and often overlooked: the island nations of the Caribbean. The exhibition proposes an “archipelagic model”—defining the Caribbean from the perspective of its archipelago of islands, as distinct from the continental experience—to study issues around race, history, the legacy of colonialism, and the environment.
The exhibition features artists from the Hispanophone, Anglophone, Francophone, and Dutch Caribbean.
Relational Undercurrents will emphasize the thematic continuities of art made throughout the archipelago and its diasporas, challenging conventional geographic and conceptual boundaries of Latin America. This approach draws particular attention to issues arising from the colonial legacy that are relevant to Latin America as a whole, but which emerge as central to the work of 21st-century Caribbean artists, including Janine Antoni (Bahamas), Humberto Diáz (Cuba), Jorge Pineda (Dominican Republic), and Allora & Calzadilla (Puerto Rico).
Top Image: Nadia Huggins (Trinidad and Tobago, born 1984), No. 25 Circa No Future (detail), from the series Circa No Future, 2014. Digital photograph, 22 ½ x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
This exhibition has been organized by the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, California, a project of the Getty Foundation’s PST:LA/LA Initiative.
More information: portlandmuseum.org