Published interviews with contemporary artists about their practice, their inspirations, and the larger cultural critiques embedded within their works
“Navigating the Rhizomatic Archive: Temporal Leaps and Loops in Nadya Collazo-Llorens’ Recent Works.” for Arc Magazine of Caribbean Art and Culture
Excerpt: Visual artist Nayda Collazo-Llorens' work explores the intricacies of memory, time, and information through drawings, prints, video projections, and installations. Of particular importance is the theme of networks, and the noise of detritus one experiences through the expansive system of cyber-networks on a daily basis. This excess data is a part of her conception of a collective 'rhizomatic' archive that is a collection not of hierarchical information, but rather an experiential archive of the everyday.
Interview with Jamaican Photographer O'Neil Lawrence: Queering Black Masculinity for Arc Magazine of Caribbean Art and Culture
Excerpt: O’Neil Lawrence (b. 1977) photographs explore gender and queerness in a postcolonial Jamaican state. In this interview, his autobiographical work is discussed; the symbolically rich tableau often sets the stage depicting struggles for identity in hostile environments. His photographs explore the potential of the black male body to act as a repository for complex historical narratives of race, class and other interpersonal relationships – a reflection on society’s role in moderating these realities.
Interview with contemporary artist Nicole Awai, published in the exhibition catalog for Disillusions: Gendered Visions of the Caribbean and its Diasporas
Excerpt: Nicole Awai challenges the notion of passive spectatorship with her drawings from the series Specimen from Local Ephemera. Her works investigate the embedded racism in the context of beautifully drawn dolls and objects mocking black women.
Caught in a Dream: The Surreal Reality of James Cooper's Photography for Arc Magazine of Caribbean Art and Culture
Excerpt: James Cooper is an artist who currently works in Bermuda, where he lives with his wife and two children. He attended the University of Virginia in the United States, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. He has been photographing for the past decade in Bermuda as well as internationally. Cooper’s work pushes reality into the fantastic using the lush tropical surroundings of Bermuda and the people who inhabit it.