Curating the International Diaspora #3–Martinique & Barbados


International Curators Forum (ICF) is a network that brings together professionals in the visual arts to discuss emerging issues around curatorial and artistic practice. ICF will supervise two important projects during the coming months: Diaspora Platform and Beyond the Frame. Building off events held in London at the University of Arts London and South Korea at the Asia Culture Center, ICF is brining curators and artists based in the UK, Europe and South Korea to the Caribbean to meet and network with artists and curators in Barbados and Martinique.

From November 25th to November 26th 2016 twelve artists, curators or museum directors, and museum curators, met with their colleagues in Martinique before carrying on with their seminar in Barbados. Following the visit to Visions Archipéliques, an exhibition curated by Dominique Brebion, and a professional meeting with the cultural team in Fondation Clément, they visited Ricardo Ozier-Lafontaine’s and Claude Cauquil’s exhibitions, and artists’ studios: Ernest Breleur, Jean-Philippe Breleur, and Jean-Luc de Laguarigue; and met with Choreographers Henri Tauliaut and Anabell Guérédrat.

The ICF group includes:  Jessica Taylor, curator and project manager for the international Curators Forum; Allison Thompson, art historian and curator living in Barbados; Alissandra Cummins, art historian and museologist, director of the Barbados Museum & Historical Society, and Barbados’ special envoy for Cultural Heritage; Ellen Gallagher, artist who lives and works in New York and Rotterdam; Melanie Keen, director of Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts); George Blacklock, painter, writer, musician and Dean of Chelsea College of Art and Design; JW Stella, founding director of JW STELLA Arts Collectives, a London based non-profit curatorial research lab; Hyejin Han, researcher at the Archive and Research Center at Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, South Korea; Jaewon Choi, chief curator at space*c, Coreana Museum of Art and chief curator of Seoul Museum of Urban-Regeneration; Haeju Kim, independent curator, writer, and editor based in Seoul; Ewan Atkinson, Barbados-born artist, coordinator of the Studio Art BFA program at the Barbados Community College and a co-founder of Punch Creative Arena, an independent curatorial initiative.

Many thanks to Dominique Brebion for the translation above. For full descriptions and the original articles (in French), see,, and

For more information on Diaspora Platform and Beyond the Frame, see

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