Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellowship
Caribbean Cultural Center, New York, NY
In preparation for the fall 2015 exhibition Negotiating Identity: The Space Between Assimilation and Resistance in Contemporary Dutch Caribbean Diasporan Art, curator Shantrelle Lewis will investigate the ways in which geography, language, cosmology, slavery, colonialism, independence and migration have shaped the identities (and the art practices) of artists in the Dutch Caribbean Diaspora, which encompasses Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten, Suriname and the Netherlands (including Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius). Perhaps due to a combination of language barriers and physical remoteness, there has been very little contemporary art scholarship that connects activity in the Dutch Caribbean to larger conversations about the African diaspora in the Western Hemisphere. Lewis will travel to the Netherlands for an extended stay during which she will make studio visits, identify artists for the exhibition and meet with art historians and scholars to identify essayists and topics for the exhibition’s catalogue. The curator will travel to the Dutch Caribbean islands and Suriname to meet local artists, curators and scholars and to visit institutions such as Ready Tex Gallery (Suriname) and Institute Buena Bista (Curaçao). Lewis will document her meetings with videotaped interviews that will later be edited into a mini-documentary.
Award Amount: $30,200
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