New Book—“EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean”

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Published by Independent Curators international (ICI) and Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans (CAC), EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean is an extension of a touring exhibition (of the same title) curated by Claire Tancons and Krista Thompson. It is one of the first publications to give serious scholarly attention to contemporary art practices considering the connections between Carnival and performance, masquerade and social criticism, diaspora and transnationalism. The publication traces the influence of Caribbean carnivals and festivals on theater, dance, social events, games and sports (including the Olympics), exhibitions and biennials, as well as in protest and other movements, all the way to the present.

Also see previous posts: En Mas’: Exhibition on Caribbean Carnivals, EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean, Art Review: ‘EN MAS’ Traces Common Roots at CAC, Interview with Guadeloupe-born Claire Tancons, curator of EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean, Review: EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean, and En Mas’ An alternative space for Carnival performance.

Description: EN MAS’ includes scholarly essays by leading art historians Shannon Jackson and Kobena Mercer along with the two curators Claire Tancons and Krista Thompson, which offer formal and theoretical analyses of the artists’ projects as well as explorations of Caribbean aesthetic practices and their impact on art and performance studies more broadly. In addition, the nine newly commissioned artist projects which are the basis for the exhibition will be fully illustrated and further enhanced by responsive essays from writers and curators in each hosting city such as Nicholas Laughlin from Port of Spain, Petrina Dacres from Kingston, Paul Goodwin from London and Thomas J. Lax from New York.

Contributors and Editors: Edited by Claire Tancons and Krista Thompson. Foreword and Acknowledgements by Neil Barclay and Renaud Proch. Texts by D. Eric Bookhardt, Petrina Dacres, Paul Goodwin, Shannon Jackson, Erica Moiah James, Nicholas Laughlin, Thomas J. Lax, Alanna Lockward, Kobena Mercer, Annie Paul, Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson and Yolande-Salomé Toumson. Artists include John Beadle, Charles Campbell, Christophe Chassol, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, Marlon Griffith, Hew Locke, Ebony G. Patterson, Lorraine O’Grady, and Cauleen Smith.

For more information, see http://curatorsintl.org/shop/en-mas-carnival-and-performance-art-of-the-caribbean and http://www.artbook.com/9780916365899.html

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