Sunday, June 23, 2019

A conversation with Julián Sánchez González

Friday 28 June, 7 pm, at Alice Yard


Colombian art historian Julián Sánchez González is currently based in New York City, in the doctoral programme at Columbia University. His research centres on contemporary art production and alternative spiritualities in Latin American and the Caribbean, particularly during the 1960s and 70s. In recent years he has explored the work of artists from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the Colombian archipelago of San Andrés and Providencia. In June 2019 he is in residence at Alice Yard.

On Friday 28 June, at 7 pm, he will give an informal talk on his research interests and his exploration of the intersection of art, spirituality, and ritual in Trinidad and Tobago. Audience members are invited to give their insights on these themes and also participate in constructing an intimate and collaborative community “altar”, by bringing a portable object of personal spiritual significance that responds to the question “What is sacred to me?”

The creative and spiritual potential of this installation in the Alice Yard space will depend largely on our shared participation. All objects will be duly registered and returned to their owners by mid-July.

All are invited.


Julián Sánchez González is a PhD student in art history at Columbia University. He holds an MA in art history from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, and a double BA in history and political science from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. His broader academic interests investigate the influence of diasporic and non-hegemonic spiritualities on global trends of artistic modernism during the second half of the twentieth century. His current research project analyses such interplay in the 1970s in selected countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously, Sánchez worked with the Museos de Arte y Numismática del Banco de la República in Bogotá and the Art Museum of the Americas – Organization of American States in Washington, DC. His writing has been published by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection, Oxford Art Online, and the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá. His work has been generously supported by the Fulbright Program, the Ministerio de Cultura de Colombia, and the Fundación COLFUTURO.

Friday, June 7, 2019

A conversation with Pierre Obando

 Sunday 9 June, 2019, 5.30 pm, at Alice Yard


Born in Belize, artist Pierre Obando currently lives and works in New York City. He has been in residence at Alice Yard in early June 2019. On Sunday 9 June, he will present a series of new drawings inspired by the architecture and streetscape of Woodbrook, alongside an informal conversation about his current creative and curatorial interests.

All are invited.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Kearra Amaya Gopee: Work in progress

Wednesday 27 March, 2019, 7 pm, at Alice Yard


Artist Kearra Amaya Gopee has been in residence at Alice Yard during the month of March 2019. On Wednesday 27 March, they will present recent video work and a new installation in progress.

The video work Artifact #3: Terra Nullius is the self-referential final peg of a three-part work that visualises how personhood, family, and intimacy are influenced by lineages of trauma and spirituality within diasporic Caribbean identity. This piece closes the artist’s Artifacts series, a trilogy exploring how migration and memory affects manifestations of the Anglophone Caribbean family from the pre-Independence period to the present, using Gopee’s own family history as a point of reference.

Employing scrying and speculative non-fiction to demonstrate agency in crafting models of communication and care within the present, Terra Nullius abandons nostalgic desires for the biological family structure in favour of alternative kinships. The term “terra nullius” is “used in international law to describe territory that may be acquired by a state’s occupation of it.” Here, the state refers to that of being, one that is constantly being renegotiated with the entry/exit of new modalities with which we engage each other and subsequently reconstruct the self.

All are invited.


Kearra Amaya Gopee’s practice focuses on the nature of violence and erasure, and the particularities of that which is inflicted on the Caribbean by the global north. Using personal experiences as a point of departure, they address themes of migration, intergenerational trauma, queerness, and difference while seeking to complicate the viewer’s understanding of economic and social marginalisation in the postcolonial Caribbean. Through photography, animation, video, installation, coding, sound, and handicraft, their observations are translated into ephemeral photographs, installations, and objects. Their work interweaves the personal with the historical, the mythological with the material.

Gopee is a visual artist and photographer living and working between Carapichaima, Trinidad and Tobago, and Brooklyn, New York. They have been included in recent exhibitions at AC Institute, Jenkins Johnson Projects and the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. Gopee has completed residencies at Vermont Studio Centre, ACRE, and NLS Kingston, and will be in residence at Red Bull Arts Detroit this summer. They hold a BFA in Photography and Imaging from New York University and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2018.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Shannon Lewis: Get Me Bodied

Thursday 21 February, 2019, 7.30 pm, at Alice Yard


On Thursday 21 February, 2019, artist Shannon Lewis will present a one-night installation of her ongoing project Get Me Bodied at Alice Yard, offering “an intricate and philosophical narrative, touching on issues of decoloniality, self-worth, and commodification.”

All are invited.


The artist writes:

“In Get Me Bodied, shapeshifting is an adaptation. It is the work we do to be able to move between spaces, classes, and geographies. But what does that work — the constant reworking — do to our bodies or our minds? It is about the performance and the objects that we collect along the way. We primp, preen, fix up — look sharp, grow, develop appendages that are useful until they’re not. It is about mobility, intersecting with sexuality, gender, race, immigration, class, economics, and social climbing.

“The task of a migrant is to learn the anatomy of a new society and reconstruct yourself in a new accommodating form. This framework and your performance in it are never invisible to you. So you either become flexible with the constant social contortions, or you fold over and break. The work sits in a space that contemplates the push and pull of this operation. It sits in a space that has fun with high femme performance fantasy and total exhaustion. Self-making as sport, for access and for life.”


Shannon Lewis is a Canadian-born, Berlin-based artist with Trinidadian roots, whose practice encompasses painting, installation, and performance. She has exhibited in Canada, the United States, Britain, and Germany. She has a BA from OCADU in Toronto (2006) and an MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London (2014). 

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Adam Patterson: Sailors

Sunday 6 January, 2019, 7 pm, at Alice Yard
 

At the end of a brief residency at Alice Yard in early January 2019, on Sunday 6 January artist Adam Patterson will present a semi-extemporised performance in collaboration with writer Andre Bagoo and others. Incorporating elements of Trinidad’s sailor mas and Barbados’s traditional Landship performance, and responding to the work of American writer Langston Hughes and British artist Isaac Julien’s film Looking for Langston, Sailors is an exploration of desire and distance, pleasure and disappointment, secrets and surprise, in the form of “a cruise of poetic correspondence … queering sailors and horizons.”

All are invited, and audience members are encouraged to bring or wear any item of traditional sailor costume or paraphernalia.


About the artists:

Adam Patterson is a Barbadian visual artist and writer currently based in Barbados, Rotterdam, and London. He completed his BA (Hons) Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2017. Concerned with how stories, images, and gazing affect the emergence of selfhood and self-determinacy, his work involves telling new stories or rethinking old stories in new recuperative ways.

Andre Bagoo is a Trinidadian poet, the author of Trick Vessels (2012), BURN (2015, longlisted for the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature), Pitch Lake (2017), and The City of Dreadful Night (2018).

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Conversations in the Yard: Caribbean Digital 2018

An installation of digital video works by five contemporary Caribbean artists

Friday 7 December, 2018, 8 pm, at Alice Yard




Still from Marchons unis … (Let’s walk together…), by Maeksaens Denis

As part of The Caribbean Digital 2018 conference, on Friday 7 December Alice Yard will host an informal installation of digital video works by artists Di-Andre Caprice Davis (Jamaica), Maksaens Denis (Haiti), Asha Ganpat (T&T/USA), David Gumbs (Saint-Martin), and Rodell Warner (T&T). By placing their individual works “in conversation” with each other in our physical space, we hope to suggest affinities and sympathies among these artists from diverse Caribbean backgrounds.

Christopher Cozier, artist, curator and Alice Yard co-director writes:

Digital experimentation among artists in the Caribbean began as an alternate space of becoming as soon as the technology became accessible during the 1990s. For example, pioneering works came the from the live VJ public performances and experiments of Maksaens Denis moving between the raves of Europe and the streets of Haiti. Across the region and the diaspora, in response to traditional regulated territories, new prospects opened up and out for understanding our space. As artists, it brought us together and in communication with each other and expanded our visual vocabularies and ways of imagining. In this other place, somewhere between the actual and the virtual, it continues to expand.

All are invited.


Still from Blood, by David Gumbs 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Di-Andre Caprice Davis: NOT YOUR KIND OF ARTIST

Thursday 25 October, 2018, 4 pm until, at Alice Yard


Ebony G. Patterson, in collaboration with Alice Yard, is pleased to support the research and working residency of Jamaican artist
Di-Andre Caprice Davis
in Port of Spain during the month of October 2018.

On Thursday 25 October, the artist will present her current work in progress, NOT YOUR KIND OF ARTIST: Part 1 — Influences.

All are invited.


About the artist:

Di-Andre Caprice Davis was born in Kingston, Jamaica. She is a self-described experimental artist exploring new media technologies. Her work is primarily an exploration of form, engaging the opportunities afforded by new media to develop new languages that reflect a twenty-first century existence. Abstraction, computer graphics, GIF art, glitch art, mathematics, photography, science, surrealism, and videography are some of the fascinations that animate her practice. She has exhibited across the Caribbean and internationally. Notable exhibitions include the National Gallery of Jamaica’s Jamaica Biennial (2014 and 2017), and Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora at the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, United Kingdom (2016). At the 2017 Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, she won the award for Best Experimental Film for her work Chaotic Beauty, 2016, which has also been shown at The Dean Collection’s No Commission show during Art Basel Miami Beach 2017.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Kareem-Anthony Ferreira: Work in progress

Friday 22 June, 6 to 8 pm, at Alice Yard


Artist Kareem-Anthony Ferreira has been in residence at Alice Yard  for three weeks in June 2018. On Friday 22 June he will present his current work in progress.

All are invited.

Ferreira writes:

“In my recent work, I re-assign value and purpose to a series of photographs and objects to develop a commentary on traits inherent to my family. My paintings are heavily directed by the accumulation and assemblage of disassociated objects in an effort to delve into the significance of the collections of my family members. These individual found objects are a direct reflection of myself and some family traits. Each painting is individually built up from layers of information and history. The human figure is also another found object that is a vehicle for this exploration. The source materials I am working with are photographs taken at a time of high significance, but I now find these pictures discarded and forgotten. By extracting sections of these photographs and re-assigning value and meaning, I hope to discover the significance of the accumulations in my family.”