The Nº7 volume of ARC Magazine conceives a compendium of works from artists, writers and instigators who explore formal and informal issues of citizenship, representation, ownership, vestiges of melancholia and nostalgia and renderings of the un-burdening of self. Featured artists and writers from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Guadeloupe, Suriname, French Guiana, Aruba, Cuba, The Dominican Republic, the Netherlands, Germany, The United Kingdom, Sweden, Denmark, France and the United States interrogate and expand on a variety of media, including photography, painting, illustration, new media, drawing, performance, sculpture, and mixed media.
Featured artist Jean-Ulrick Désert and scholar Jerry Philogene exchange on the poetics of global citizenship, iconography and performance. Désert speaks intimately of Josephine Baker as a repeated icon and his dialogical concerns on integration. Volume Nº7 distributes Désert’s Creative Caribbean Community Passport as an invitation to join a borderless creative community and diaspora, marking our geographical identities by representing a key aspect of our invisibility and liberty.
Surinamese Dutch artist Charl Landvreudg produces a series of investigations into the idea of Afro-European aesthetics and sensibilities in contemporary art, focusing on the works of Makode Linde, Jeannette Ehlers, Jimmy Robert, Alexis Peskine, Remy Jungerman and Faranu. Painter and emerging scholar Blake Daniels deconstructs the work of Jamaican painter Phillip Thomas to develop a theoretical framework to forge cross-national and collaborative spaces while giving definitions to nation building.
French Guianese photographer Mirtho Linguet generates social commentary painted in magic realism by extending what he describes as a ‘surrealist vision of a Black Alice in Wonderland’. His Black Dolls series encompass various personal and metaphysical/psychological studies on the black female subject as a visual construction.
Focusing on liminal states of being, these artists and writers have developed open articulations providing deep insight into growing concerns. They stand at the threshold- a midpoint at various intersections; betwixt and between- and speak loudly about transformations, pluralism, traditions, transgression and truth.
Issue 7 features work by:
+ Jean Ulrick-Désert + Sandra Ramos
+ Dermot Punnett + Steve McQueen
+ Vladimir Cybil Charlier + Makode Linde
+ Jeannette Ehlers + Remy Jungerman
+ Jimmy Robert + Alexis Peskine
+ Faranu + Efrain de Jésus
+ Phillip Thomas + Heino Schmid
+ Isamar Abreu + Equis
+ Papel Machete + José Gabriel Bauzó Llanes
+ Michelle R.O. + Erika P. Rodríguez
+ Elsa Maria Melendez + Marlon Darbeau
+ Nayda- Collazo Llorens + Mirtho Linguet
+ Piaget Moss + Jowy Maasdamme
+ Gerard Ellis + Abdul Vas
See this issue’s contributors here