Video of the Screenings in Barbados by Sammy Davis
By Annalee Davis, Director of Fresh Milk
Fresh Milk is pleased to present Transoceanic Visual Exchange (TVE) to the Barbadian public and to establish partnerships with the Bim Films Fest, the EBCCI and the BCC in screening this specially curated project. Given the limited opportunities for exhibiting new media and video installation works on the island, we see TVE as an opportunity to create a vital platform to showcase work being made by visual thinkers on the island and in the region, thereby exposing the local audience to time-based work that is experimental and may not fall into familiar linear narrative formats. In addition, we are ever mindful of horizons pushing up against our shores and eager to explore what artists across this archipelago and its diasporas are concerned with. Of paramount importance to us is to create the space to show works that are not often visible in the national arena.
Within Fresh Milk’s programming, we are committed to nurturing local contemporary artists through an annual residency prize; access to a well-stocked library; participation in workshops; opportunities to meet, share with and learn from visiting resident artists and possibilities to participate in regional and international exhibitions and projects. Furthermore, given the regional and international work that Fresh Milk is doing; building bridges beyond the insular Caribbean has become a natural outgrowth to our programming, providing opportunities for greater visibility of Barbadian and Caribbean artists.
Building creative partnerships, such as TVE, is necessary because as a small post-colonial nation that emerged out of the experiment of globalization, those of us working in contemporary visual practices need to expand our concerns beyond the local or national space. While national borders are real, they are also colonial constructs, and we should not limit our desire to know the world because of an alliance to imposed national boundaries. Fresh Milk is by nature a curious entity, thirsty to explore the richness and the complexities of the worlds we inhabit. We see art practice as a way to probe, ponder and challenge fixed ideas and we see artists as active agents in contemporary society who contemplate difficult, pressing scenarios; offer visions for different futures; provide respite from the harshness of contemporary society while feeding our souls.
TVE exists in four spaces- Barbados (via the BFF, EBCCI, BCC and Fresh Milk); Rm, in Auckland, New Zealand; Video Network Lagos in Nigeria; and the fourth digital space which houses all TVE content and information, in an attempt to generate conversations that transcend the pre-defined geographical borders: www.transoceanicvisualexchange.com
David Gumbs’ Offscreen installation at the Barbados Community College. All photos courtesy Sammy Davis.
Olivia McGilchrist’s riva mumma installation at the Barbados Community College. All photos courtesy Rayanne Bushell.
The Screening events at the Bim Films Fest, Fresh Milk, and EBCCI. All Photos courtesy of Dondre Trotman.
TVE Caribbean will launch at 7pm on October 14, 2015 at Bagnall Point, BIDC Conference Room, Pelican Village in Bridgetown, Barbados as part of the Barbados Visual Media Festival (BVMF). The exhibition will also be open to the public at that location on October 17, 28 & 30 and features works by: Versia Harris (Barbados), Katherine Kennedy (Barbados), Michele Pearson Clarke (Trinidad & Tobago / Canada), Romel Jean Pierre (Haiti), Nick Whittle / Alberta Whittle (Barbados), Rebecca Ann Hobbs (Aotearoa), Ngahuia Raima (Aotearoa), Louisa Afoa (Aotearoa), Nkechi Ebubedike (Nigeria) and Lambert Mousseka (Democratic Republic of the Congo).
There will be additional special screenings taking place at Fresh Milk, The Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination (EBCCI) as part of their Film Club screenings, and Barbados Community College (BCC):
October 16, 6pm – Fresh Milk, St. George
Rebecca Ann Hobbs – Mangere bridge 246 / Otara at Night (Aotearoa)
October 22, 7pm – Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination
Darcell Apelu – Slap (Aotearoa)
Akwaeke Emezi – Ududeagu (Nigeria)
Carlo Reyes – Viernes Santo (Dominican Republic)
October 29-30, 10am-4pm – Morningside Gallery, Barbados Community College
Olivia McGilchrist – Riva Mumma (Jamaica)
David Gumbs – Offscreen (St. Martin)
Special thanks to the Barbados Film and Video Association (BFVA), EBCCI, BCC and Stansfeld Scott Inc. for making these screenings possible.