Art—“The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art”


“The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art,” is a new group exhibition that looks to the future of the Caribbean. Curated by María Elena Ortiz (associate curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami) and Dr. Marsha Pearce (The University of the West Indies-St. Augustine), it opens on July 18, at 6:30pm at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). [This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the Green Family Foundation and Davidoff Art Initiative.] The artists included in “The Other Side of Now” are Deborah Anzinger, Charles Campbell, Andrea Chung, Hulda Guzman, Deborah Jack, Louisa Marajo, Manuel Mathieu, Alicia Milne, Lavar Munroe, Angel Otero, Sheena Rose, Jamilah Sabur, Nyugen Smith, and Cristina Tufiño.

Description: The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art is a thematic group exhibition centered on the question, “what might a Caribbean future look like?” With a series of newly commissioned works, The Other Side of Now seeks to think beyond narratives of catastrophe that continue to frame the region in terms of then and now. In this exhibition, the region is conceptualized as both a complex spatial configuration and a temporal formation, engaging diasporic voices alongside artists living in the insular Caribbean. The Other Side of Now features 14 artists who engage future time through personal experiences, collective memories, and historical legacies. In paintings, installation, videos, and sculptures, these artists illuminate ideas of survival, community, self-acceptance, environmental rights and creative resourcefulness as central to the challenge of imaging trajectories for the Caribbean. The Other Side of Now is a curatorial initiative comprising an exhibition and publication.

[Image above: Lavar Monroe’s “CHURCH IN THE WILD,” 2019. Courtesy the artist.]

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