Caribbean artists PAMM
Deborah Jack. water between us remembers, so we wear our history on our skin, long for a sea-bath and hope the salt will cure what ails us, 2016. Digital color video, 15 min. 42 sec. Courtesy of the artist

If the Caribbean can be rebuilt through its artists, what would the region look like? That’s the question driving Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) latest exhibition, The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art.

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On view July 18, 2019 through June 7, 2020, the show commissioned 14 artists from across the region and the Diaspora to imagine the future of the Caribbean.

This exhibition is co-curated by María Elena Ortiz, PAMM Associate Curator, and Dr. Marsha Pearce, cultural theorist at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad. The show, says the curators, aims to explore the Caribbean beyond its colonial past and socioeconomic problems. The Other Side of Now seeks to think beyond narratives of catastrophe—both geographical and political—that continue to frame the region, asking instead: What might a Caribbean future look like?

“This exhibition is forward-thinking and progressive in its stance regarding the Caribbean and its diaspora,” explains Ortiz. “PAMM is an institution that is dedicated to spotlighting under-recognized populations. This outlook bolsters PAMM’s role in platforming art from the Caribbean in all its diversity and complexity.”

The exhibition invited artists from the English, French, Dutch, and Spanish-speaking Caribbean. The artists include Deborah Anzinger, Charles Campbell, Andrea Chung, Hulda Guzman, Deborah Jack, Louisa Marajo, Manuel Mathieu, Alicia Milne, Lavar Munroe, Angel Otero, Sheena Rose, Jamilah Sabur, Nyugen Smith, and Cristina Tufiño.

Accompanying the exhibit, PAMM will release an illustrated bilingual publication featuring essays by Caribbean writers. Featured authors include YOSS, Rita Indiana, Aja Monet, Jason Fitzroy Jeffers, Dr. Keith Nurse, Dr. Marsha Pearce, David Scott, and María Elena Ortiz.

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