CARIBBEAN

 

Minia Biabiany | Guadeloupe

Minia Biabiany was born in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe in 1988. She works and lives between Mexico City and Guadeloupe. In her practice Minia Biabiany uses the deconstruction of narratives through installations, videos and drawings and build up ephemeral poetics of forms in relation with colonial realities. Her work starts with an investigation on the perception of space and explores the paradigm related the weaving process and the notion of opacity in visual, oral and written language.

She initiated the artistic and pedagogical collective project semillero Caribe in 2016 in Mexico City and continue to explore the deconstruction of narratives with the body and concepts from Caribbean authors with her experimental pedagogical and experimental platform Doukou.

 

Luk Gama| Guadeloupe

Luk Gama studied graphic design for 3 years at the Regional Institute of Visual Arts of Martinique (today called “Campus Caribéen des Arts”), before graduating in 1998. Born in 1978, the artist has many expressive facets and eclectic tastes. His commitment to culture is deeply rooted in the Caribbean. He lives and works in Guadeloupe. Gama has begun to be known internationally, particularly in 2012 for his selection and participation in the Absent Art exhibition, part of the African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora event in London, an initiative of the British European Design Group. The same year, before that event, he participated in the first online edition of the International Reggae Poster Contest, organized by the late Jamaican graphic designer Michaël Thompson. Among hundreds of participants from around the world, he was part of a list of 10 designers who received a special mention. In 2016, he was selected for and participated in the international exhibition – DIGITAL – organized by the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston. He produces unique work at the intersection of pictography, calligraphy and writing. His personal achievements are essentially in the field of experimentation of visual creation.

 

Versia Harris | Barbados

Barbadian artist Versia Harris received her BFA in Studio Art in 2012. She volunteered at a number of art organizations, including Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. and Punch Creative Arena while also teaching at the Barbados community College. She has done a number of residences in the Caribbean and North and South America, including Vermont Studios Center, Vermont and Alice Yard residency, Trinidad. In 2014, Versia’s work was featured in the IV Moscow International Biennial for Young Art themed ‘A Time for Dreams’ and was subsequently selected to be apart of the follow up exhibition MOMENTUM_InsideOut screening of ‘A Time For Dreams’ in Berlin. Her first solo show in 2015 in Barbados was titled “This Quagmire”. She was awarded a Fulbright Laspau Scholarship in 2017 and received her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan USA in May, 2019, where she was also earned a Mercedes-Benz Financial Services New Beginnings Award.

 

Kadiejra O’Neal | Barbados

Born and raised on the island of Barbados, Kadiejra O’Neal is a contemporary, multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes paint, photography, film and performance. Her bodies of work thematically focus on investigations of physical and emotional relationships, which may shape or confront the human condition, culture and identity.

 

Adam Patterson | Barbados

Adam Patterson is a visual artist and writer based between Barbados, London & Rotterdam. Concerned with how stories, images and the gaze may affect, condition or re-imagine selfhood, Patterson likes telling new stories or rethinking old stories in new recuperative ways, working across a variety of media including masquerade, video, critical writing, poetry and performance. Patterson’s works have been exhibited at the Live Art Development Agency and Jerwood Space, London; the Barbados Museum & Historical Society and Fresh Milk Arts Platform, Barbados; Roodkapje, Rotterdam; Ateliers ’89, Aruba and Alice Yard, Trinidad & Tobago. Workshops have been facilitated at Tate Exchange, London and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam. Patterson has written for Fresh Milk Arts Platform, ARC Magazine and Sugarcane Magazine. Patterson is a 2019 resident of the Hamburger Community of Art, Rotterdam.

 

Kia Redman | Barbados

Kia Redman is a creative professional living and working in Barbados. She attained her BFA in Studio Art R with first-class honours from the Barbados Community College in 2017 and has spent the time since developing her creative practice.

Kia currently works part time as a designer and videographer for Acute Vision Inc. and Bajans in Motion. She has participated in local residencies with Punch Creative Arena and Fresh Milk Barbados and taken part in local group shows and screenings internationally. In 2018 her short film Roots|Routes won six awards including Best Short Film at the Barbados Visual Media Festival.

Being born into a post-independent nation in formation, Kia’s work focuses on issues of identity, mapping culture and documenting histories. She aims to rewrite the blanket definition taught to be her Caribbean identity and discover the things unique to her lived experience.

 

Richard Mark Rawlins | Trinidad & Tobago

Richard Mark Rawlins (b. 1967), in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.

A graduate of the Royal College of Art’s print programme (2019), Rawlins’ work investigates the “pop-cultural” poetics and politics of life in the Caribbean, the contested and resultant histories/realities of colonialism and it’s transpontine consequence, black identity and diaspora politics. Rawlins’ work has been featured internationally at Get Up Stand Up Now, Somerset House, London, UK (2019), “Eyes of Many Kinds”, CGP Galleries, London, UK (2019); “OVERPR!NT, AG!TATE, ACT!VATE”, Museum Centre de la Gravure et de l’image imprimée, La Louvière, Belgium (2018); “Most things Happen When I Am Asleep”, ARTSPACE NZ, Auckland, New Zealand (2018), “1st Bienal Internacional de Asuncion”, Paraguay (2016); “Digital”, National Gallery, Jamaica (2015); the “Jamaica Biennial” (2014) and the “Global Africa Project”, Museum of Art and Design (MAD), New York, USA (2010). He is a past artist resident of the Vermont Studio Center, USA (2012), a founding member of Trinidad’s Erotic Artweek, (2009 -2011). Rawlins is also the publisher of an online contemporary Caribbean art journal, Draconian Switch, (artzpub.com), and a facilitating network member of the Alice Yard artspace in Port of Spain, Trinidad which hosts an international artist residency. Rawlins’ work has been acquired by the Wedge Curatorial Collection, Toronto; AMBA Collection, London, and the Art Collection of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago, Port of Spain.