The fifth staging of CARISCC’s touring presentation “Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity: A Research Project and Art Exhibition” will be displayed at Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH, UK, from Friday 4 May to Sunday 1 July 2018.

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Untitled collage by Gina A. Smith, featuring original photographs taken in Jamaica. Reproduced courtesy of the artist. Copyright: Gina A. Smith.

This FREE exhibition is part of a broader Leverhulme Trust-funded initiative – titled, Caribbean In/Securities: Creativity and Negotiation in the Caribbean (CARISCC) –specifically curated to showcase details about the important research themes currently being examined by CARISCC’s international interdisciplinary network of scholars.

The network’s members are based at seven leading institutions for Caribbean Studies (the universities of 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), and all work in close collaboration with academics from the University of the West Indies at its campuses in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago. Through CARISCC, the network’s members look 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 visual arts strand of the CARISCC exhibition includes recently 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 network’s themes of precarity, in/security, vulnerability and resilience.

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“Bleaching Norm: Identity Crisis” (2016) by Ty Pessoa. Mixed media, acrylic on canvas. Dimensions of the original: 23.5in x 48in. Reproduced courtesy of the artist. Copyright: Ty Pessoa.

Digital projections of paintings, photographs, documentary film clips and multi-media installations by 11 other high-profile contemporary visual artists of Caribbean descent will also be shown in this exhibition, presented alongside documentary photography taken by members of the CARISCC research network during recent field-trips to the Caribbean region.

The exhibition’s opening reception will take place on Friday 4 May 2018, 6-8pm.  This launch event will include light refreshments and an introductory talk by Dr Pat Noxolo, the network’s lead researcher. The visual art and the fieldwork photography will then remain on display at Midlands Arts Centre (Tuesdays – Sundays, 11am-5pm) through to Sunday 1 July 2018.

The launch for CARISCC’s event at MAC Birmingham has been scheduled to coincide with the opening of “From a Small Island” – a recently commissioned series of new works by the award-winning photographer Andrew Jackson. Following a visit to Jamaica in 2017, this exhibition was curated to reflect on the identities of Jamaican Diaspora communities since the post-war migration to Britain, and the lives of subsequent generations born in the UK. Further details about the exhibition “From a Small Island” are available online at https://macbirmingham.co.uk/exhibition/from-a-small-island.

To reserve a place (FREE of charge) at the launch reception on Friday 4 May 2018, please book online at the following link to the Midlands Arts Centre website:
https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/cariscc-exhibition-launch

For further information, please also write to CARISCC’s Network Facilitator (Dr Carol Ann Dixon) c/o the University of Birmingham: C.A.Dixon@bham.ac.uk.

Exhibition information (in summary):

Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity: A Research Project and Art Exhibition
Dates: Friday 4 May – Sunday 1 July 2018
Venue: Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH, UK
Opening times: Tuesdays to Sundays, 11am – 5pm
Admission: FREE.