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Review of the CARISCC touring art exhibition and launch event in Leeds, 23-27 October 2017

The fourth stage of CARISCC’s touring display – ‘Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity: A Research and Art Exhibition’ – was hosted at Union 105 (East Street Arts), Chapeltown Road in Leeds, between Monday 23 October and Friday 27 October 2017.

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Exhibition view of the sculptural installation ‘Pressure nah let up. Mrs Mac (not her real name) performs the “ono” bed’ (2007) by contemporary artist Sonia E. Barrett, visible from the entrance to Union 105 (East Street Arts) in Chapeltown, Leeds, 23 October 2017.

This stage of the tour was particularly important because it marked a return to the city of Leeds, whose Caribbean diaspora communities had helped to inspire the development of a newly commissioned sculptural installation by contemporary visual artist Sonia E. Barrett when she visited the city earlier this year.

Sonia’s thought-provoking installation piece – ‘The Difficult Conversation’ (2017) – was the focal point of the art exhibition, and featured pieces of wooden chairs, deconstructed and suspended from the ceiling to create a representation of human corporeality that poignantly signified the fragility and precariy of lives held in suspension by factors such as poverty, social exclusion, injustice, political marginalisation and the traumatic impacts and legacies of racism.

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Exhibition view of the sculptural installation ‘The Difficult Conversation’ (2017), by contemporary visual artist Sonia E. Barrett, on display at Union 105 ( East Street Arts) in Leeds.Photo: Carol Dixon.

Other works featured in the exhibition were presented as part of a PowerPoint of images projected on the wall, and also as part of a looped sequence of video clips, photographic stills and digitized reproductions playing on a TV monitor in the exhibition space. Individual pieces by twelve contemporary visual artists with Caribbean heritage who had submitted entries for the CARISCC Art Competition during 2016 were shown in this digital display, including: figurative photo montage pieces and film-based installations by Sireita Mullings; the painting ‘Stick-Lick Dancers Parade’ by Paul Dash, featuring representations of street carnival masquerade performances; mixed-media collage work by Gina A. Smith, using the shape of a goat as a silhouette around which different images were layered to reference the impacts and vulnerabilities of global changes on the agricultural sector in the Caribbean region; and excerpts from the documentary film ‘Shashamane’ by Giulia Amati, which recounts the story of Rastas who have returned to continental Africa from Jamaica to live in the promised land of Shashamane, Ethiopia.

A launch event for the exhibition was held on Monday 23 October, attended by (among others) local artists and other residents from the Chapeltown area, scholars and students from the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University, organisers and contributors to Leeds Carnival, representatives of the Leeds West Indian Centre Charitable Trust and alumni from the nearby Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

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Principal Investigator Dr Patricia Noxolo (pictured centre right) introducing the writer and spoken word artist Khadijah Ibrahiim (pictured in the centre) at the launch of the CARISCC art exhibition in Leeds, 23 October 2017.

Following introductory presentations from CARISCC’s Principal Investigator, Dr Patricia Noxolo, and CARISCC Network Member Dr Anyaa Anim-Addo (Lecturer in Caribbean History, University of Leeds) the attending guests also enjoyed an inspirational poetic performance by local writer, theatre producer and spoken word artist Khadijah Ibrahiim.

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Writer, theatre producer and spoken word artist Khadijah Ibrahiim reciting a poem at the launch event for the CARISCC art exhibition in Leeds, 23 October 2017.

One of Khadijah’s current creative writing projects involves researching the history, cultural legacies and spiritual practices of Obeah in Jamaica, so the audience heard a reading from a recently drafted prose piece by her, titled ‘Duppy know who fi frighten!’ This excellent presentation (read in English and Jamaican Patois) was performed as a ‘Call-and-Response’ piece, with guests invited to join in with the refrain. Khadijah’s work subsequently catalysed wide-ranging discussions about how African-influenced and syncretic spiritual practices in the Caribbean – such as Obeah, Santeria and Rastafarianism, etc. – have continued to inform and inspire the ever-changing hybrid forms of artistic and creative expression that exist in the islands and nations of the region today, as well as throughout the wider global diaspora. Some examples discussed at the event included the way styles of music, drumming practices, dancehall choreography, spoken word performances and contemporary manifestations of street carnivals – from Junkanoo through to Jouvert [J’ouvert] – celebrate the spiritual and affective/emotional experience of transcendence into alternative (and many would say ‘higher’) states of being.

As with all the previous stages of the touring exhibition, the CARISCC Network established links with important contacts in Leeds who are actively involved in developing African and Caribbean diaspora arts and culture initiatives. Some examples of the organisations with which Network members are now in contact include:

  • Chapeltown Arts, managed by visual artist Sandra Whytes – http://chapeltownarts.org.uk/
  • Remember Oluwale – a charitable organisation who are fundraising to build a Garden of Hope in the centre of Leeds, in memory of  Nigerian migrant David Oluwale who died in the city in tragic circumstances during 1969 – http://www.rememberoluwale.org/
  • Organisers of the Leeds Carnival and contributors to the new book ‘Celebrate! 50 Years of Leeds West Indian Carnival,’ by Guy Farrar, Tim Smith and Max Farrar (with a foreword by Arthur France MBE, founder of the Leeds Carnival) – http://www.leedscarnival.co.uk/.

The final stage of the CARISCC touring art exhibition will take place at the Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham during May and June 2018.

For further information about CARISCC, please also feel free to write to Dr Carol Ann Dixon (CARISCC Network Facilitator) c/o C.A.Dixon@bham.ac.uk.

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Call for Papers: CARISCC Postgraduate Conference on In/securities and Creativity, Jamaica, 15 January 2018

Conference venue: The Blue Room, Mona Conference Centre, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica

Date: Monday 15 January 2018, 9am – 5pm

Convener: Dr Patricia Noxolo, University of Birmingham, UK

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Introduction

Many scholars have highlighted the creative practices that Caribbean people routinely deploy in the face of insecurity caused by poverty, inequality, environmental challenges and violence. Although questions of Caribbean security and insecurity are often addressed as matters of governmental or military concern, this conference seeks to explore reconceptualisations of security and insecurity (in/security) through creativity.

We are interested in creativity in a broad sense, including artistic practices such as literature, film, theatre, dance, music and visual arts, but also the creative ways in which people live their lives (e.g. balance budgets, interpret policy, and perform politics).
In examining the links between precariousness and creativity, this CARISCC conference aims to bring together new approaches to the study of global security.

Therefore, CARISCC welcomes research papers and presentations which explore how in/security, as experienced and negotiated by ordinary people, informs creative and cultural practices in the Caribbean region.

This one-day interdisciplinary conference welcomes abstracts from scholars whose research concerns any aspect of Caribbean in/securities and creativity.

Themes

We particularly welcome presentation proposals / research papers that address (but are not limited to) the following topics and themes:

  • Creativity in negotiating livelihood in/securities;
  • Historical and contemporary in/securities and creativities;
  • In/secure transport(s) and mobilities;
  • In/security in visual and performance arts;
  • Reading and writing in/security;
  • Raced, gendered and sexual identities, in/security and creativity; and
  • Rural and urban in/securities and creativities.

Programme Details

In addition to scheduling three panel sessions (each comprising 3-4 papers / presentations), the conference also intends to offer:

  • Four travel bursaries (up to £500 GBP/$ 650 USD per person) to support conference attendance by a postdoctoral researcher or PhD candidate from within the Caribbean region who is not currently based at UWI Mona Campus in Jamaica;
  • Two keynote presentations – delivered by Dr Susan Mains (Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Dundee, UK, and CARISCC Network Member) and a guest scholar / arts practitioner invited from within the Caribbean region;
  • A welcome address from Dr Pat Noxolo (Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, University of Birmingham, UK, and CARISCC’s Principal Investigator);
  • Refreshments and lunch.

Abstract Submission Guidelines

Please send abstracts of 200-300 words (in English) to Dr Patricia Noxolo (p.e.p.noxolo@bham.ac.uk), using the subject heading “CARISCC Postgraduate Conference.” Please include your university affiliation details, your preferred email address and a short biography of up to 150 words. It is anticipated that each presentation/research paper will last 10-15 minutes; and updated programme details will be released prior to the date of the conference to confirm presentation requirements and duration.

If you would like to apply for a travel bursary, please attach, with your abstract, a short statement (no more than 300 words) on the relevance of the conference theme to your research, the reasons why you need a bursary to attend, as well as your estimated expenses.

The deadline for submitting abstracts and 150-word biographies (as well as bursary applications) is Friday 24 November 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Patricia Noxolo
CARISCC Conference Convener and Principal Investigator
Email: P.E.P.Noxolo@bham.ac.uk

Please click on the following link to download the full text of this call for papers (in PDF format): CARISCC-PGR-Conference-Call-for-Papers-Jamaica-January2018

 

The CARISCC Art Exhibition in Leeds: Monday 23–Friday 27 October 2017

The CARISCC Research Network is currently hosting a series of touring art exhibitions around the UK to showcase work by a selection of established and emerging contemporary visual artists of Caribbean descent (from the region, and the wider Caribbean diaspora) who have created artworks that specifically address reconceptualisations of security and insecurity (in/security) through creativity.

The next stage of the tour – titled, ‘Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity: A Research and Art Exhibition’ – will be shown at Union 105 (East Street Arts) in Leeds, from Monday 23 October to Friday 27 October 2017.

One of the highlights of this particular edition of the exhibition will be two thought-provoking sculptural installations by the internationally famous conceptual artist Sonia E. Barrett: firstly, an early piece from the artist’s portfolio, titled ‘Pressure nah let up. Mrs Mac (not her real name) performs the “ono” bed’ (2007), featuring deconstructed elements from a 1950s articulated mattress; and, secondly, a more recent sculpture titled ‘The Difficult Conversation’ (2017), specially commissioned by CARISCC and made from found pieces of wooden furniture. When researching and developing the latter piece, Sonia spent time in Leeds over several weeks exploring the locality and meeting with local residents from the Chapeltown area – which makes this a very appropriate and poignant co-produced installation to be showcasing in the city.

As illustrated in the photograph, the pieces of wood and other materials featured in ‘The Difficult Conversation’ are suspended from wires in a way that signifies people’s lives being “held in suspension.” The table legs, chair frames and other pieces of furniture from which Sonia’s works are made also symbolise aspects of black corporeality. Observing these works, therefore, encourages deep reflection on the histories and legacies of transatlantic enslavement – and the traumatic physical and psychological brutalities people of African descent endured throughout the Maafa, and beyond.

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‘The Difficult Conversation’ (2017), a CARISCC-commissioned mixed-media sculpture by the contemporary visual artist Sonia E. Barrett.

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CARISCC’s Art Exhibition at Union 105, Chapeltown, Leeds, Monday 23rd – Friday 27th October 2017

The next staging of CARISCC’s touring art exhibition – “Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity” – will take place in Leeds, West Yorkshire, at Union 105/East Street Arts, 105 Chapeltown Road, Leeds LS7 3HY, from Monday 23rd October to Friday 27th October 2017.

Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity: A Research and Art Exhibition is part of a Leverhulme Trust-funded project, entitled Caribbean In/Securities: Creativity and Negotiation in the Caribbean (CARISCC).

CARISCC is an international and interdisciplinary research network of seven leading universities in Caribbean Studies, namely Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow and Dundee in the UK, The University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands, Brock University in Canada, Rutgers University in the USA, and the University of the West Indies (Mona) in Jamaica, Caribbean. The network explores the interconnections and everyday negotiations between securities and insecurities (hence, ‘in/securities’) in relation to precariousness and creativity.

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A farmer from Jamaica’s Blue Mountain region shows ripe coffee berries from his farm (2016). Image courtesy of: Dr Kevon Rhiney (Associate Professor of Geography, Rutgers University), CARISCC Network Member.

This digital and print exhibition reflects such intellectual concerns, and specifically focuses on how Caribbean people use their creative energy to live with the everyday effects of poverty, inequality, environmental challenges and violence, while also generating globally influential creativity in literary, dance, aural, visual, political and audio-visual cultures.

The Leeds-based stage of the tour will feature two thought-provoking sculptures by the internationally renowned contemporary visual artist Sonia E. Barrett, who spent time in Chapeltown earlier this year meeting local residents, exploring the locality and working with found furniture and objects to creatively interpret the research project. Sonia’s recently commissioned artwork, “The Difficult Conversation” (2017), funded via CARISCC and the Leverhulme Trust, will be a particular focal point of the installation.

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Detail from the CARISCC-commissioned contemporary art installation, “The Difficult Conversation” (2017) by Sonia E. Barrett. Image courtesy of the artist. Copyright: Sonia E. Barrett.

If you would like to attend the exhibition’s launch event and drinks reception on Monday 23rd October, 6 – 8 pm at Union 105, Chapeltown Road, Leeds, please contact Dr Carol Ann Dixon (CARISCC Network Facilitator) via email c/o C.A.Dixon@bham.ac.uk so that your name can be added to the guest list. This is a FREE event, but places should be reserved (for catering purposes, no later than 20th October 2017).

Please note that the artworks will remain on view at Union 105, Chapeltown Road, Leeds until Friday 27th October 2017. Thereafter, the exhibition will tour to  Midlands Art Centre (Birmingham) in May/June 2018.

 

Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity: A Review of the Exhibition Launch at Deptford Lounge, London – September 2017

The most recent staging of CARISCC’s touring display, “Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity: A Research and Art Exhibition,” took place at Deptford Lounge, Giffin Street, London, on 5-7 September 2017.

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Guests networking at the launch event and drinks reception for the exhibition “Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity” at Deptford Lounge, London. 05/09/2017. Photo: Carol Dixon.

Similarly to previous events held at the British Library’s Knowledge Centre and the Lighthouse in Glasgow (during June and August, respectively), the Deptford Lounge event was an opportunity for CARISCC’s regional contacts, representatives of partner organisations and members of the public to receive updates about the Network’s research outputs – presented via a display of documentary photographs taken by CARISCC members during research field trips undertaken in the region over the past few years – whilst also viewing a Power-Point presentation, video clips and an exhibition catalogue featuring images and artists’ biographies linked to the series of paintings, sculptures and installations submitted by participants involved in last year’s CARISCC Art Competition of 2016.

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Dr Patricia Noxolo (Lead Researcher for CARISCC, University of Birmingham) introducing the research and art exhibition themes of in/security and creativity at the 5th September launch event at Deptford Lounge, London. Photo: Carol Dixon.

At the exhibition’s launch event, held on Tuesday 5th September, Dr Patricia Noxolo (Lead Researcher for CARISCC, University of Birmingham) spoke about in/security and creativity as the central themes through which researchers and artists were continuing to discuss the everyday lived experiences of individuals and communities in the Caribbean region, as well as the various “dialogic encounters” experienced transnationally and trans-continentally as a result of migration and re-settlement, the movement of goods and services, and the ongoing circulation of ideas around the world.

In addition to discussing in/securities and the arts in relation to specific rural and urban communities in selected islands and nations, and the external spatial dynamics of precarity, Pat also spoke about issues of corporeality, personal identity, resilience and ontology (inner being and sense of self, etc.) – particularly differing perspectives on how human bodies might be read and interpreted as “texts,” capable of communicating (or, performing) different levels of in/security according to particular socio-political, economic, environmental and cultural circumstances.

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Visitors consulting the digital catalogue for the CARISCC art exhibition, “Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity,” at Deptford Lounge, London. 05/09/2017. Photo: Carol Dixon.

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Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity: Diasporic Dialogues – A Review of the International Conference held at the British Library, 25-26 June 2017

The conference “Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity: Diasporic Dialogues” took place at the British Library (Knowledge Centre, Euston Road, London) on 25-26 June 2017. This international, interdisciplinary two-day event was jointly organised and co-facilitated by scholars from Goldsmiths Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies (CCDS), University of London (led by Professor Joan Anim-Addo and Dr Marl’ene Edwin), the CARISCC Research Network (led by Dr Patricia Noxolo, University of Birmingham), and also with the support of staff based at the British Library Eccles Centre for American Studies.

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Dr Patricia Noxolo (Lead Researcher for CARISCC, University of Birmingham) introducing contemporary visual artist Sonia Barrett and CARISCC Network member Dr Ronald Cummings (Brock University, Canada) at the British Library conference on 25 June 2017.

The Conference Programme

The conference programme included a diverse range of research papers and panel discussions, featuring contributions from Caribbean area studies specialists and Caribbean Diaspora scholars, historians, geographers, visual artists, film-makers, poets and spoken word performers, as well as cultural and political commentators interested in diasporic issues and themes related to other regions of the global south.

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Professor Joan Anim-Addo (Goldsmiths, University of London) introducing contemporary visual artist Huw Locke, who gave an illustrated talk about his installation work, titled “There and Back Again: Visual Art touching Diaspora.” (25 June 2017).

Some of the headline presentations that helped to exemplify the conference theme of “Diasporic Dialogues” included:

  • An illustrated talk by the British-Guyanese visual artist Huw Locke (titled, ‘There and Back Again: Visual Art Touching Diaspora’) – during which he discussed and presented photographs of recently produced pieces showcased at the 2017 Venice Biennale as part of the Diaspora Pavilion, as well as earlier works from his portfolio – such as “Ark” (1994) and “Wine Dark Sea” (2016).
  • A keynote lecture given by the sociologist and critical race theorist Professor Hazel Carby (Yale University) – titled, ‘Imperial Intimacies: Negotiating the Archives to Narrate the Black Subject’ – featuring extracts from her new monograph, ‘Imperial Intimacies’
  • A conceptual art presentation by Professor Raimi Gbadamosi (University of Pretoria, South Africa) who introduced and performed an event-specific and site-specific live art installation and flag project, titled “TRANSCARIBBANA” (© RGb 2017). Raimi described the concept underpinning this project as follows:

“TRANSCARIBBANA is a place of the imagination, a place of return that does not need to change in the face of history. It is a place that both exists and remains a fantasy. Like most nations, it is a place of un-chosen alignment, a place to emerge from in the process of going somewhere else.”

Raimi Gbadamosi (© RGb 2017)

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Artist, writer and curator Professor Raimi Gbadamosi (University of Pretoria, SA) performing his installation “TRANSCARIBBANA,” in conversation with Dr Patricia Noxolo. 25 June 2017.

A number of additional panel sessions facilitated over the course of the two days also featured research papers and discussions focused on: Caribbean literatures and the politics of literary memory; social policy research addressing issues of vulnerability, precariousness and resilience in the Caribbean region; historical geographies/cartographies of colonialism and post-colonialism; configurations of power and powerlessness in intercultural encounters; issues of corporeality and expressions of in/security presented through performance art; and histories and politics of Caribbean diaspora formation spanning several centuries.

Foregrounding the Visual Arts

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Exhibition view of the recently commissioned installation artwork by Sonia E. Barrett (Artist and MacDowall Fellow), displayed at the British Library, 25-26 June 2017.

The photograph, shown above, is of an art installation created by the contemporary fine artist Sonia Barrett, who completed this mixed-media sculptural work as part of a CARISCC-commissioned installation and art-historical research project, Negotiating Caribbean In/Security through Creativity.

The new artwork, as well as several other sculptures from Sonia Barrett’s wider portfolio, addresses recurring themes relating to the complexities of identity, histories of enslavement (including its legacies and connections to present-day forms of human trafficking/modern-day slavery/unfree labour, and the exploitation of migrant workers), issues of corporeality and representations of “spectacular forms of violence”. An important technique employed in the creation of this artwork involved what Sonia referred to in her conference presentation as “fantabulating” and “exploding” pieces of furniture to signify and represent the traumas and brutalities of enslavement violence meted out and inflicted on black and brown bodies during the era of transatlantic enslavement, and also beyond.

In the final set of photographs, shown below, visual and performance-based artist Lesley Asare (from the arts collective “I Shape Beauty”) is shown in the process of creating a poignant live artwork, themed around the emancipatory concept of “creating ourselves free”. Lesley’s practice is informed by the mantra of “social transformation beginning with self-transformation”. Her work is also deeply rooted in the expression of love as a political tool, closely aligned with the use of play/dance/movement as a form of self-discovery and healing.

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Visual and performance artist Lesley Asare (from the arts collective “I Shape Beauty”) creating a new artwork with charcoal during the panel discussion “Re-Creating Ourselves Free: Poetry and Performance as Acts of Emancipation, of Self and Body, for Women of Colour.” 25 June 2017.

Scholars and artists who have influenced Lesley’s artistic and conceptual practice include (among others) bell hooks, Heather Hanson and Daria Halprin. Lesley’s work was presented in partnership with the poet Indigo Williams as part of a very rich panel titled “(Re)-Creating Ourselves Free – Poetry and Performance as Acts of Emancipation, of Self and Body, for Women of Colour”. This panel – introduced and facilitated by the poet and playwright Malika Booker – also included poetry readings and a scholarly narrative titled “Reclaiming the Gaze Through the Performance of Flamenco’s Guarjira” by the poet and spoken word artist Toni Stuart.

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South African poet, performance artist and spoken word educator Toni Stuart reciting her poem “The Fan Speaks II” as part of the panel presentation, “I Come to My Body as a Question: Reclaiming the Gaze in Flamenco’s Guajira.” 25 June 2017.

Website links and sources of further information

For further details about the programme’s key contributors and panel facilitators, links to the abstracts of all the conference papers, and additional information about the wider research objectives of both the CARISCC Network and Goldsmith’s Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies (CCDS), please see the Goldsmith’s CCDS conference page at https://caribbeananddiasporic.wordpress.com, and a gallery of images from the event at  https://caribbeananddiasporic.wordpress.com/gallery2017/.

Report written by Dr Carol Ann Dixon
CARISCC Network Facilitator (Uploaded: 11 September 2017)

Contact, c/o: University of Birmingham, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES), Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT, or send feedback via the Network’s Contact Us page (https://cariscc.wordpress.com/contact/).

Negotiating Caribbean In/Securities through Creativity: The CARISCC Research and Art Exhibition, 2017-2018

The CARISCC Research Network will be hosting a series of events to showcase the many creative outputs arising from the work of the Network’s members, institutional partners and other stakeholders.

Following on from the successful staging of the Network’s Research and Art Exhibition (titled, Negotiating Caribbean Insecurities through Creativity) at the British Library (London, 25-26 June 2017) and The Lighthouse (Glasgow, 14-18 August 2017), this selection of print-based and digital photographs, paintings, videos and installations will tour to the following UK venues:

  • Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Street, London SE8 4RH  (5-7 September 2017)

  • Union 105/East Street Arts, Chapeltown Road, Leeds LS7 3HY (23-27 October 2017)

  • MAC Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Queen’s Ride, Birmingham B12 9QH (5 May – 10 June 2018).

At each of these venues the focus of the exhibition will be to present a selection of politically aesthetic artworks that stimulate and encourage discussions about how Caribbean people deploy their creative energy to live with the everyday effects of poverty and inequality, while also generating globally influential creativity in political, literary, dance, aural, visual and audio-visual cultures.

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Among the featured artworks at each venue will be a recently commissioned sculptural installation by the internationally renowned contemporary visual artist Sonia E Barrett (whose work is shown in the photograph, above).

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If you would like further information about the above-mentioned exhibition dates and venues, as well as additional details about the CARISCC Research Network, please write to Dr Carol Ann Dixon (CARISCC Network Facilitator) c/o the University of Birmingham (Email: C.A.Dixon@bham.ac.uk).

 

 

 

 

CARISCC’s Kingston ‘Dancehall in/securities’ symposium, and at UWI Mona’s ‘Global Reggae Conference’

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I’ve just got back from two packed and fabulous weeks in Kingston, on behalf of the CARISCC network, co-organised by myself and ‘H’ Patten (Canterbury Christchurch University).  Two highlights: a ‘Dancehall in/securities’ symposium, and a panel at the Global Reggae Conference.

The ‘Dancehall in/securities’ symposium took place on 3rd to 4th February, in kind collaboration with Dr Sonjah Stanley-Niaah, head of the Reggae Studies Unit of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus (UWI Mona).  The two-day event took place in the Old Dramatic Theatre on campus, and was catered deliciously by SCR Coffee Shop, on campus.  I want to thank all the participants for their generous and profound contributions, both as presentations and in a wide-ranging discussion.  A highlight was a lecture demonstration given by Orville Hall of Dance Expressionz, and special thanks go to Maria Smith for facilitating this.  Participants included:

Shelly ‘Xpressionz’ Callum (Dance Expressionz, Jamaica)

Carolyn Cooper (UWI Mona, Jamaica)

Orville Hall (Dance Expressionz, Jamaica)

Donna P. Hope (UWI Mona, Jamaica)

Dennis Howard (Independent Scholar, Jamaica)

MoniKa Lawrence (Independent Scholar, Jamaica)

Pat Noxolo (University of Birmingham, UK)

‘H’ Patten (Canterbury Christchurch University, UK)

Patsy Ricketts (Independent Artist, Jamaica)

Maria Smith (Independent Scholar, Jamaica)

Sonjah Stanley Niaah (UWI Mona, Jamaica)

L’Antoinette Stines (Independent artist, Jamaica)

Tia-Monique Uzor (De Montfort University, Leicester, UK)

Andrew Jackson (Independent artist, UK)

Plans are afoot for more collaboration, not least for an edited book.  Watch this space!

A few days later (9-11 February), ‘H’ and I presented a panel at the Global Reggae Studies Conference.  Here’s a link to a pdf of the paper I gave, which will appear in conference proceedings, noxolo-global-reggae-conference-full-paper.  Email me at p.e.p.noxolo@bham.ac.uk to send any comments or questions: it’s a work in progress. We participated in the whole of the three packed and fascinating days, and it’s left me with a lot to process.  We were privileged to be there for a closing ceremony that focused on the contribution of Professor Carolyn Cooper, as she heads towards an active retirement.

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In between the two events, we saw a number of people and sights.  It was great to catch up with Yonique Campbell, who gave a paper at our first network event in Birmingham, and she introduced me to a number of academics at the Institute for Criminal Justice and Security, who we hope will be involved with our third network event, based at UWI Mona, in January 2018.

We were also privileged to spend an afternoon at Orville Hall’s Dancehall Dream camp, watching his skilled facilitators teaching dancehall moves to enthusiastic participants from around the world, in the beautiful surroundings of Portmore.

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And just when we thought it was over, we went to Jimmy Cliff’s birthplace, and saw the great man presented with a lifelong achievement award from Irie FM!

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Thanks again to all. See you again soon I hope.

Pat Noxolo

New Article on In/ #security by Dr Patricia Noxolo

wordleDr Patricia Noxolo’s new article on in/security is now available at Geography. Titled ‘In/security: global geographies of a troubled everyday’, the paper places security as one of the most important topics of our century. As the abstract suggests,

‘This article explores two issues around security and insecurity that have been of concern to geographers: first, whether there can be any positive change in the Global South, where the poorest countries suffer the highest levels of insecurity; and second, how people manage to walk the line between security and insecurity (in/security) in their everyday lives. Ultimately, the article asks what geographers can contribute to the study of in/security.’

For the full article, please go to http://www.geography.org.uk/Journals/Journals.asp?articleID=1525

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