Exhibitions: Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art

Alex Burke (b. Martinique 1944; works in France). The Spirit of Caribbean, 2006. Forty-seven dolls; fabric and other materials, dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist (Photo: Franck Girier Du Fournier)

Artist Statement

Working from memory and historical narratives has been a way to question my "collective memory," to summon the constituent elements of the Caribbean identity. I have tried to make that confused past become visible; I have placed objects together and created a world of odds and ends. That is the very characteristic of the Caribbean: building up on a field of ruins, fertilizing a field of corpses, patching things up, making treasure of nothing.

 

10 Comments

in this piece, i felt the signage did not accurately reflect the content of the piece. The piece evokes migration more than the slave block,hence the figures facing away from the viewer.
— Posted by Donna Murch
that is creative and we are one
— Posted by elias
I like how the dolls have a wide variety of colors
— Posted by Sarah
its cool
— Posted by von
I think that it is sad because that is actually what happened.
— Posted by David Dobson
I ADMIRE THE ARTIST BECAUSE HE MUST HAVE HAD A LOT OF FRUSTRATION BUT KEPT ON GOING AND WITH HIS ARTWORK
— Posted by Elena Dertwas
i like this particular piece because it reminds me of one of my favorite pass times
— Posted by julsie
a little kinky....but i like it
— Posted by matthew y
this kind of art was very unique
— Posted by BRIANA
Reminiscent of an artwork I saw in Brazil in 2005.
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Exhibition Highlights
Highlight Thumbnail: Tirzo Martha: Spirit of the Caribe Highlight Thumbnail: Polibio Diaz: Despues de la siesta Highlight Thumbnail: Raquel Paiewonsky: Levitando: A un solo pie Highlight Thumbnail: Jorge Pineda: Mambru Highlight Thumbnail: Colectivo Shampoo: D La Mona Plaza Highlight Thumbnail: Storm Saulter: Waterboot Highlight Thumbnail: Marcel Pinas: Kuku Highlight Thumbnail: Christopher Cozier: Tropical Night Highlight Thumbnail: Alexandre Arrechea: Elementos arquitectonicos Highlight Thumbnail: Jean-Ulrick Desert: The Burqa Project Highlight Thumbnail: Glenda Leon: Prolongacion del deseo Highlight Thumbnail: Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla: Under Discussion Highlight Thumbnail: Alex Burke: The Spirit of Caribbean Highlight Thumbnail: Ewan Atkinson: You Will Have to Use Soap Highlight Thumbnail: Liset Castillo: Departure Point I Highlight Thumbnail: Satch Hoyt: Say It Loud! Highlight Thumbnail: Arthur Simms and Peter Orner: Globe: The Veld Highlight Thumbnail: Nicole Awai: Specimen from L.E. Highlight Thumbnail: Deborah Jack:T/here Highlight Thumbnail: Miguel Luciano: Platano Pride

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