Thursday, December 5, 2019

. . . and to think you had me believing that all this time . . .

Presented by I’ve seen your face before, Alice Yard, and #ayardexchange

Monday 9 December 2019, 6 to 9 pm, 27 Pembroke St, Port of Spain


I’ve seen your face before collaborates with Christopher Cozier, Alice Yard, and #ayardexchange in a programme of screenings of selected videos and films from the 10th Berlin Biennale (BB10), We don’t need another hero.

I’ve seen your face before is a trans-disciplinary platform inspired by complex encounters with entangled histories that have led to the creation of spaces for learning with rather than about that which has been historically interrupted or not yet possible in the present. The platform is open to collective strategies, discourses, and practices that pave ways for debates (within and) beyond art and its institutions.

I’ve seen your face before was founded in 2018 by Gabi Ngcobo (South Africa) and Thiago de Paula Souza (Brazil), as a space to reflect on recent encounters with entangled histories in the Global South. The platform was inspired by research travels to six Caribbean islands conducted by Ngcobo and de Paula Souza in 2017, in preparation for the 10th Berlin Biennale (2018). These travels were made possible through funds set aside for research by the curator of the Berlin Biennale, which in turn made it possible for the curatorial team to rethink the conditions of exchange that have been mapped out through relationships that are informed by colonial mechanisms that still operate in the present.

This approach to curatorial research funds has led to a number of conversations and collaborations, some of which became visible as part of the BB10. I’ve seen your face before proposes a space for continuity, one that is aware of the limits of the “biennale” framework. It is also a space to face critically the positions we inhabit in order to rehearse possibilities for the reorganisation of economies of access.

The project opens up paths for re-encounters that may hopefully lead to more engagements between regions that for a long time have not been in constant conversation due to the lack of possibilities of exchange — most of them blocked by the absence of financial support and political will to articulate a broader horizon of contact.

The event I’ve seen your face before: . . . and to think you had me believing that all this time . . . is a continuing conversation that was initiated with Christopher Cozier towards his contribution to the public programme of BB10. This time, the selected videos and films are in conversation with the context of Port of Spain, where Cozier works and lives.

With works by:

Tony Cokes
Basir Mahmood
Cinthia Marcelle
Sondra Perry
Emma Wolukau-Wanambwa

This platform is funded through “Echoes of the South Atlantic,” an initiative by the Goethe Institute — São Paulo that supports artistic projects interested in researching the potential of the exchanges in the Global South and its relations with Europe. Additional support has been provided by the Caribbean Art Initiative (CAI).

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Shannon Lewis: Get Me Bodied: Navigation Acts

Thursday 28 November, 2019, 7 pm, at Alice Yard



On Thursday 28 November, 2019, artist Shannon Lewis will present a one-night installation of her ongoing project Get Me Bodied at Alice Yard.

The artist writes:

“The new Get Me Bodied series, created specifically for Alice Yard, traces maps embedded in bodies. Maps on how to move in the world as a Black femininity. But what world? What happens when bodies migrate? How does the map of one’s personal and perceived narrative change when switched to a different geographic, socio-economic, or cultural location? Navigation Acts charts the somewhat messy work of mimicry, lessons learned and unlearned. Ways of being that fit some worlds and not others. Sometimes the beat is synced just right and sometimes it is all a bit off.”

All are invited.


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).


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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Ryan Huggins: Good Boy

Tuesday 10 September, 2019, 6 to 9 pm
27 Pembroke Street, Port of Spain

 

On Tuesday 10 September, for one night only, artist Ryan Huggins will present two series of new drawings in the temporary project space at 27 Pembroke Street in downtown Port of Spain.

These drawings are a fusion of ideas surrounding alternative youth subcultures within queer communities. The artist writes: “I examine the vocabulary of queer references and terminologies in relation to the body, social identity, and gender as a growing language. I got inspiration from collecting images from magazines, posters, and photographs that carry a peculiar ‘young boy’ narrative. These images are reinterpreted into drawings which I pair with text suggesting slogans or stereotypical references to young gay men.”

All are invited.


About the artist:

Ryan Huggins is a painter from Trinidad and Tobago, born in 1991. Raised in Port of Spain, he completed a Bachelor of Fine Art degree at the University of the West Indies in 2016. Currently he is pursuing his fourth year of postgraduate studies at the Kunst Akademie Düsseldorf, Germany, under Professor Tomma Abts.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

A conversation with Alex Callender

Thursday 29 August, 6.30 pm, at Alice Yard


Artist Alex Callender has been in residence at Alice Yard in the latter part of August 2019. On Thursday 29 August, she will give an informal talk on her time in Trinidad and the archival research she is pursuing for her current painting project, which looks at economic policy and related cultural materials from the mid 1990s, and the relation to US trade policy in the broader Caribbean context. Through this work, Callender looks at the economic history of borders, to explore interweaving narratives of migration, class, post-colonial nationhood, and interiority.

All are invited.

Friday, August 23, 2019

#ayardexchange

Friday 23 August, 6 to 9 pm
27 Pembroke Street, Port of Spain



The Weight of a Premature Palm Tree’s Head, by Cass’Mosha A. Centeno


All are invited.

Friday, August 9, 2019

A conversation with Luis Vasquez La Roche

Monday 12 August, 2019, 6 pm, at Alice Yard


On Monday 12 August, artist Luis Vasquez La Roche, current MFA painting and printmaking student at Virginia Commonwealth University, will speak about his current practice and relationship with SYoS (See You on Sunday) and Alice Yard.

All are invited.


About the artist:

Luis Vasquez La Roche was born and raised in Venezuela by a Trinidadian mother and a Chilean father. In 2002 his family migrated to Trinidad and Tobago. He graduated from the University of the West Indies with a BA in visual arts and a minor in Spanish language. He has been actively producing and exhibiting work since 2009. His work has been exhibited in Trinidad, Grenada, the Bahamas, Venezuela, Colombia, Scotland, Germany, and the Netherlands. He was selected to be part of the residency programme OAZO AIR in The Netherlands in 2013 and Beta Local’s 2016 Itinerant Seminar in Puerto Rico. In 2013, he co-founded See You on Sunday, an artist collective committed to arts education. He lectures at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University under a Fulbright Scholarship.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Amada Miller: The sun is a star too
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Nicholas Frank: 1 I 2 Ü, A Play In Three Acts

Thursday 8 August, 6 pm, at Alice Yard



In early August 2019, artists Amada Miller and Nicholas Frank are in residence at Alice Yard. On Thursday 8 August, they will present a range of site-specific new work inviting active audience participation.

Amada Miller’s The sun is a star too is a compendium of naturally dyed fabric paintings using zaboca, turmeric, roucou, sorrel, coconut, and other locally-sourced ingredients, and a folkloric history of the origin of avocado in chapbook form.

Nicholas Frank’s 1 I 2 Ü, A Play In Three Acts is a theatrical presentation that operates in the boundaries between actor and audience, individual and collective, island and horizon. Frank will also mint a new Alice Yard currency.

All are invited to attend and participate.


6 pm: assemble in Alice Yard
6.30 pm: Painting Promenade begins near Augustus Williams Park and through the neighbourhood
7 pm: play begins in Alice Yard
8 to 10 pm: Afterbar: Cocktails by Amada


About the artists:

Amada Miller and Nicholas Frank reside in San Antonio, Texas. Miller currently has an exhibition on view at Blue Star Contemporary and FL!GHT Gallery in San Antonio, with upcoming exhibitions at Porcino (Berlin, Germany), The Galveston Arts Center (Galveston, TX), and Gray Duck Gallery (Austin, TX). She recently completed a residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin and will be in residence at the DoSeum in San Antonio later this year. Frank showed at FL!GHT Gallery in San Antonio earlier this year, the Green Gallery (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) in late 2017, and was in residence at Artpace (San Antonio) in early 2017.