“The Sea Is History”: Exhibit at Duke University

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Those among you who will be in the mid-Atlantic area of the United States this summer may consider a detour to Duke University to visit the exciting exhibit “The Sea Is History: Moun Kanté, Yoleros, Balseros, Boteros (an Exhibition of Human Dispersion and the Caribbean Sea). The exhibit opened last week with a conversation between Duke Professor Laurent Dubois and celebrated Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrié on themes of recurring exile and the aesthetics of Haitian Vodou in Duval-Carrié’s work. A panel of Duke scholars discussed aspects of human dispersion in the region.

The exhibit, which will be on display until August 28, includes photography, poster art and paintings by and about the Haitian, Dominican and Cuban boat people. It offers a (re)vision supplied by artists such as Tony Capellán, Joseph-Ernst Domond, Jean Ricardo Domond, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Casimiro González, Sergio Lastres, Gary Monroe, Julien Valery, and Frantz Zéphirin who have grappled with the manifold meanings of human dispersion across the Caribbean.  The works on display seek to extend the notion of  the United States’ southern border to the Gulf and the Florida peninsula by “interrogating the context in which Caribbean sea farers negotiate their subjectivity. By setting out in fragile boats, intent on reaching the United States or its territories, these mariners try to succeed on their own terms in a harsh physical and political environment.”

For more information go to http://www.jhfc.duke.edu/gallery/upcoming.php

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