Hot Links 05: Caryl Ivrisse Crochemar
Our editor Brian Fee interviewed Caryl Ivrisse Crochemar for the fifth edition of “Hot Links”. Caryl founded the Fort-de-France gallery espace d’art contemporain 14N 61W in 2013, and his is the sole gallery from the Caribbean participating in this year’s 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London featuring a solo project by Paris-based Martinican artist Louisa Marajo.
– Tell us about yourself?
I am Caryl Ivrisse Crochemar, founder and director of espace d’art contemporain 14N 61W, in the Caribbean island of Martinique.
– What is your connection to the Caribbean Art Initiative?
Albertine Kopp has been a supporter since 14N 61W early days, and during the first iteration of the Caribbean Initiative with the support of Davidoff, we’ve been working on various projects together Ever since, I have contributed in many ways to the Initiative, most recently teaming up with CAI to support and fundraise for Jean-Ulrick Désert’s Haitian pavilion at the Venice Biennale, as well as being a panelist at the Caribbean Art Salon there during the opening days.
– What does “cultural exchange” mean to you?
Cultural exchange implies a mutual and beneficial sharing of cultures and cross-cultural skills in a globalized world. It is something I consider as inevitable and contributing to diversity and greater people-to-people interactions.
– What is one unique perspective or element about the Caribbean that you would like the global community to know better?
I totally engage with the value in forming regional and international relationships to the development of Caribbean artists and visual arts sector. It’s difficult to find the right balance between local engagement with regional and international projects, but as long as programming remains focused there is always room for discovery locally and beyond.
In the end, promoting visual arts and artists from the Caribbean is the same struggle than in any other place. But due to the geo-location of our islands, the size of the art community, the market in the region, anybody who wants to engage with arts need to consider the outside world to reach out. So whatever is developed locally should also be promoted and distributed further.
– And finally, describe something that is “hot” to you.
HotTER is the weather in the Caribbean and around the globe! What else is hot these days!?