Fragments of Epic Memory


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

Contemporary art emerges as a retrospective counterpoint to historical photography from the Caribbean in the 1840s to 1940s, in this critical volume featuring work by prominent artists and writers of Caribbean descent. Shifting depictions of the Caribbean, its people, and its culture are examined in thinking about how histories and memories are constantly revisited, rearticulated, and re-imagined.

Anchored by an extensive selection of historical Caribbean photographs from the Montgomery Collection at the AGO, Fragments of Epic Memory situates a range of photographs, postcards, daguerreotypes, albums, and ephemera from the period just after emancipation in 1838 within a broader context of visual culture in the Caribbean.

Fragments of Epic Memory will include the works of modern and contemporary Caribbean artists such as Wifredo Lam from Cuba, and Frank Bowling and Aubrey Williams from Guyana, who represent the first generation of migrant artists of Caribbean descent. Twenty-first century artists who live in the diaspora, moving between the Caribbean and its diaspora, such as Paul Anthony Smith from Jamaica (based in Brooklyn), Zak Ové from Britain (Trinidad), Nadia Huggins from Trinidad (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), and Sandra Brewster from Guyana (Canada), amongst others, will be highlighted. These artists constitute a conceptual generational bridge and continuum of artistic expression across history, geography, time, and space.

Exhibition catalogue, hardcover, 10.25" x 10.25"
224 pages, illustrated
Language: English
Publisher: Art Gallery of Ontario in association with DelMonico Books D.A.P.
Editor: Julie Crooks

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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