Artist Statement

I see my art practice as an investigative tool, as a way to engage in dialogue, a platform for thinking and a means to develop knowledge. My work has evolved from figurative and symbolic explorations in painting to a variety of modes that include drawing, video, performance, installation and public intervention projects. Therefore, the emphasis of my work does not lie in the medium, but in creating a space to explore social contexts and collective narratives. History, film, soap-operas, fairy-tales and mythology all inform my work in that they are both narrative modes that I use as well as sites of investigation. I look for the narratives inscribed in various objects and places and find ways to add to them and at times subvert them. Because I live in the Virgin Islands, a place that has changed colonial hands seven times, the longest being Denmark and the last being the United States, I am particularly interested in the colonial and neocolonial narrative and how it shapes identity, memory and reality. (return to website)

Friday, April 16, 2010

Proximities



Proximities is a programme of five artists' videos posing questions about family and domesticity, intimacy and publicity, anxieties and appetites. Curated by artist Christopher Cozier, Proximities explores the medium of video and its relations with performance, spontaneity, and self-revelation. The programme opens on Thursday 22 April at 8.00 pm, at Alice Yard, and runs for four nights over two weeks. See the detailed schedule below.

Cozier writes:

“I experienced most of these works in various exhibitions or while travelling between 2007 and 2008, and one or two were sent to me. They had an impact on me and lived with me because of their relatively simple and/or efficient use of video, and because the expression and/or investigation of intimacy — the use of self as subject — the personal and its relation to the public space, especially in the anglophone Caribbean — are concerns that are rarely directly visualised.

“Also, Trinidad is seven miles off the coast of the South American continent. Most of these works come from or engage the Latin American world — a space, history, and sensibility we share but also rarely engage.”

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The programme includes:

= Ways of Making Love in the US (2006), by Diana-Sofia Estrada
= Que Te Vaya Bonito (2007), by Ivan Monforte
= La Mala (2008), by Sandra Vivas
= Mulatta/Mestiza (2007), by Yvette Mattern
= Los Diarios de Porcelana (2003), by La Vaughan Belle

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Schedule

Thursday 22 April, 2010, 8-10 pm
Ways of Making Love in the US
Que Te Vaya Bonito
La Mala

Friday 23 April, 2010, 8-10 pm
Mulatta/Mestiza
Los Diarios de Porcelana

Thursday 29 April, 2010, 8-10 pm
Mulatta/Mestiza
Los Diarios de Porcelana

Friday 30 April, 2010, 8-10 pm
Ways of Making Love in the US
Que Te Vaya Bonito
La Mala

The videos will be installed in various spaces at Alice Yard, and will play simultaneously and continuously throughout each evening.

For more information about the artists, visit the Alice Yard website.
http://aliceyard.blogspot.com/2010/04/proximities.html

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