Forthcoming at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is “The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art,” which will be on view from July 18, 2019, to June 7, 2020. This group exhibition is curated by María Elena Ortiz, associate curator at the PAMM, and Dr. Marsha Pearce, Cultural Studies scholar based at the University of the West Indies-St. Augustine.
The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art is a thematic group exhibition that sets its sights on time to come, exploring radical imaginations that expand a picture of the Caribbean towards a present-future. This exhibition invites artists to grasp and question the future of the region as a tangible time and space. In contemporary art, the Caribbean is often represented by its traumatic, colonial past and trials that linger in the present.
The Other Side of Now seeks to think beyond narratives of catastrophe that continue to frame the region. In this exhibition, the Caribbean is conceptualized as both a complex spatial configuration and a temporal formation in progressive and subversive terms. Artists are invited to engage with time using an expansive approach, speculating on times to come. Beyond a purely representational methodology, The Other Side of Now embraces alternative ways of being and making.
The Other Side of Now features 14 artists from the Caribbean and its diaspora, working within and outside the region, who are attending to the challenge of imaging a future. The Other Side of Now is a curatorial initiative composed of an exhibition and publication, both attempting to answer the question: what might a Caribbean future look like?
[Images above: top, Deborah Jack’s “water between us remembers, so we wear our history on our skin, long for a sea-bath and hope the salt will cure what ails us,” 2016 (Digital color video); bottom: Lavar Monroe’s “Church in the Wild,” 2019.]