Born in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. Lives and works in Port of Spain. Christopher Cozier is an artist, writer and curator living and working in Trinidad. He was recipient of a Prince Claus Award in 2013 and is a co-director of Alice Yard.
His work has been featured in the 5th and 7th Havana Biennials (1994, 2000); Infinite Island, The Brooklyn Museum (2007); Equatorial Rhythms, The Stenersen Museum, Oslo (2007); Biennial de Cuenca, Ecuador (2009); Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe (2009); Rockstone and Bootheel: Contemporary West Indian Art, Real Art Ways (2009); Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic, TATE Liverpool (2010), Where is Here, MoAD, San Francisco (2016); Home /Portal, a conversation with ds4si and Intelligent Mischief, in Boston/Kingston/Bogota (2017), and Relational Undercurrents MOLAA, LA (2017), and The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art, NY (2018). Cozier will be participating in the Global ArtProject’s – The Sea is History at the Historisk Museum in Oslo and in 14th Sharjah Biennial, 2019.
His first solo exhibition in New York, in Development took place at David Krut Projects (2013). Entanglements was shown at the Eli & Edythe Broad Museum, Lansing, Michigan and at TEOR/ética, San Jose (2015). Cozier has participated in many residencies including Rising Waters II, Rauschenberg Residency, Captiva Island, Florida (2016) and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, where he also participated in the public program I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not for the 10th Berlin Biennial (2018).
My work aims to transform conventional readings of where I am from – or about what I am supposed to be concerned. How do my experiences coming from a place like the Caribbean, and now, moving through others, shape how I see the world?
Investigating the relationship between the contemporary and historical conditions, I often enlist mundane everyday objects, along the way, seeking to transform them into signs/vocabularies to generate dialogues across, geographies, histories and contemporary experiences. From my on-going personal notebook drawings – making notes or taking note – I develop public actions trying to figure diverse ways of making and conveying work or of creating an experience or an awareness.