The Fresh Milk Art Platform, St. George, Barbados: “After Trauma, a Nurturing Voice”


As part of their “Local Address” series, the MA Curatorial Practice program at School of Visual Arts-New York presents The Fresh Milk Art Platform, St. George, Barbados: “After Trauma, a Nurturing Voice.” This event will take place on Thursday, April 6, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:00pm at the CP Projects Space (located at 132 West 21st Street, 10th floor, New York, New York). The event is free and open to the public.

Description: The MA Curatorial Practice program at SVA is pleased to present the next event in its “Local Address” series of panel discussions and conversations: “After Trauma, a Nurturing Voice.” Founded in 2011, The Fresh Milk Art Platform supports excellence in the visual arts through residencies and programs that provide Caribbean arts with opportunities for development and to foster a thriving art community. Fresh Milk’s mission is to nurture, empower and connect Caribbean artists, raise regional awareness about contemporary arts and provide global opportunities for growth, excellence and success. Artist and founder Annalee Davis will talk about Fresh Milk within the larger context of the Caribbean region, where new initiatives and cross-regional partnerships are strengthening international connections within as well as outside of the Caribbean, resulting in greater public awareness and a growing arts infrastructure. Davis will be in conversation with Erica Moiah James, assistant professor in the departments of the History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University, who hails from the Bahamas, and Mario A. Caro, a researcher, curator and instructor of contemporary indigenous art who is currently a lecturer in the Art, Culture and Technology program at MIT.

Annalee Davis: Visual artist and creative activist Annalee Davis works around issues of post-plantation economies by engaging with the landscape of Barbados. Davis is the founding director of Fresh Milk, co-founder of the independent Tilting Axis conference and co-director of Caribbean Linked, an annual regional residency program. She is a part-time tutor in the BFA program at Barbados Community College, is on the board of ARC magazine and is the Caribbean Arts Manager for the British Council.

Mario A. Caro is a researcher, curator, and critic of contemporary art, having published widely on the history, theory, and criticism of contemporary Indigenous arts. His work within the academy complements his endeavors within various communities to promote global cultural exchanges. He is the founding editor of Invisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture and former president of Res Artis, an international network of art residencies. He is currently a lecturer in the Art, Culture and Technology at MIT.

Erica Moiah James is an assistant professor jointly appointed in the Departments of The History of Art and African American Studies at Yale University. Before arriving at Yale, she was the founding director and chief curator of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Recent publications include “What Will Blackness Be?” (Callaloo, 2015); “Dreams of Utopia: The Postcolonial Art Institution” (Open Arts Journal, 2016); “Charles White’s J’Accuse! and the Limits of Universal Blackness” (Archives of American Art Journal, 2016); and “Every Nigger is a Star: Reimaging Blackness from Post-Civil Rights America to Postindependence Caribbean” (Black Camera, 2016). Her forthcoming book is entitled After Caliban: Caribbean Art in the Global Imaginary. She serves on the editorial board of Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (Duke UP).

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