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Fragments of Epic Memory Catalogue


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New ways of understanding Caribbean visual culture, from historical photographs following emancipation to contemporary transnational perspectives, on the occasion of a major exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada

Anchored by an extensive selection from the world-class Montgomery Collection of Caribbean Photographs at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Fragments of Epic Memory situates a range of prints, postcards, daguerreotypes, and albums from the period just after emancipation in 1838 within a broader context of visual culture in the Caribbean.

This critical volume includes works by Caribbean artists such as Wifredo Lam from Cuba, and Sir Frank Bowling and Aubrey Williams from Guyana-who represent the first generation of migrant modernist artists-alongside twenty-first century artists such as Paul Anthony Smith from Jamaica (based in USA), Zak Ové from Britain (of Trinidadian heritage), Nadia Huggins from Trinidad (based in St. Vincent) and Sandra Brewster from Canada (of Guyanese heritage), among others. Their works, along with texts by prominent writers of Caribbean descent, serve as counterpoints to the historical photographs and the violence of the imperial project, constituting a conceptual generational bridge across history, geography, time and space.

Editor: Julie Crooks
Publisher: Art Gallery of Ontario in association with DelMonico Books D.A.P.
Hardcover: 274 pages/100 color/50 duotone
Size: 10.25" x 10.25"

Image credit: Paul Anthony Smith, Untitled, 7 Women, 2019. Unique picotage on inkjet print, coloured pencil, spray paint on museum board, 101.6 x 127 cm. The Hott Collection, New York. © Paul Anthony Smith.
Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.


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