Exhibition Online One month after being known in that island
One month after being known in that island reflects the practices of eleven contemporary artists working within and from the Caribbean region. The title comes from a line in the ninth article of the Treaty of Basel 1795. Separated from the context of the document, this phrase works as an allegorically charged artifact.
The treaty declared peace between the Spanish monarchy and the newly founded French Republic on the basis of Spain’s con- cession of the eastern part of the island of Ayiti in the Caribbean to France. Given that the powers involved struck a deal without considering the communities of the colonized territories, this agreement can be seen as a speculative exercise. Yet, by the time of the treaty’s signing, the idea of autonomy in the Caribbean had already been seeded as the development and achievements of the Haitian Revolution brought cession to the fore.
This exhibition is about the power of imagination, as translated through the production of contemporary art, to generate multiple forms of resistance and emancipation in our realities. The invited artists follow methodologies of subversion, not repetition, to construct narratives that circumvent colonial and neocolonial signs within the narratives of the region.
The artworks presented in One month after being known in that island put forth different ways of thinking, inhabiting, feeling, and communicating the Caribbean. They are frameworks, described from positions of autonomy, that invite the viewer to approach multiple local realities. These works touch, cross, or continue their journey in parallel to institutionalized dynamics of power, never denying the complexity of contexts within our region, nor any of its possibilities.
One month after being known in that island is an exercice of resistance and emancipation.
The participating artists are: Ramón Miranda Beltrán (Puerto Rico, based in San Juan); Minia Biabiany (Guadeloupe, based between Pointe-à-Pitre and Mexico City); Christopher Cozier (Trinidad and Tobago, based in Port of Spain); Tessa Mars (Haiti, based in Port-au-Prince); Elisa Bergel Melo (Venezuela, based in Santo Domingo); José Morbán (Dominican Republic, based in Santo Domingo); Tony Cruz Pabón (Puerto Rico, based in San Juan); Madeline Jiménez Santil (Dominican Republic, based in Mexico City); Sharelly Emanuelson (Curaçao, based in Willemstad) ; Nelson Fory Ferreira (Colombia, based in Cartagena); and Guy Régis Jr. (Haiti, based in Port-au-Prince). Each artist has been invited to respond to the exhibition subject, with overarching themes including personhood within location and the indelibility of shared histories.
The exhibition catalog was published by Hatje Cantz, made in collaboration with Alanna Stang, Editor and Marie Lusa, Graphic Designer.