New Book: “On Being Committed to a Small Place”

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Our warmest congratulations to Annalee Davis. Her work On Being Committed to a Small Place (TEOR/éTica, 2019) is the fifth book in the series “Local Writings: Critical Positions from Central America, the Caribbean and its Diasporas,” an editorial project focused on thinking about the transformation of the ways in which we see and make are in the region during the last four decades. This bilingual book, which includes close to 50 images, offers a look at the recent art of the Caribbean archipelago.

Description: “About being committed to a small space” is the fifth book in the series “Local Writings: Critical Positions from Central America, the Caribbean and its Diasporas,” an editorial project focused on thinking about the transformation of the ways in which we see and make art in the region during the last four decades.

This new book continues with our objective of making accessible a selection of several of the most relevant discourses and critical positions that have shaped critical paradigms in Central America and the Caribbean. The book compiles six essays by the artist Annalee Davis (Barbados, 1963), who is one of the engines in the transformation of the Caribbean cultural landscape in the last two and a half decades. Davis reflects on the critical possibilities of art in a postcolonial Caribbean context and post-independence, which leads her to explore insistently on the significance of concepts such as economy, landscape, race, gender, tourism, national identity and plantation economies. Her writing and practice not only examine the past, but also seek to promote platforms for conversation, sociability and critical exchange that see art as a tool to reimagine history, civil society and the public sphere

This book was possible thanks to the contribution of PINTA Miami – Crossing Cultures.

About the series Local Writings: The series Local Writings is composed of monographic books that compile essays, chronicles, manuscripts, testimonies and various writings of curators, theorists, cultural critics, thinkers and artists of the region. This series seeks to make accessible a selection of several of the most important discourses and critical positions that have shaped critical paradigms in Central America and the Caribbean. This book is added to the two previous ones of this same series, dedicated to the critical work of Raúl Quintanilla Armijo (Nicaragua), Rosina Cazali (Guatemala), Adrienne Samos (Panama), Tamara Díaz-Bringas (Cuba / Costa Rica). The next titles in this series include the critical work of Virginia Pérez Ratton (Costa Rica), Michy Marxuach (Puerto Rico) and Rolando Castellón (Nicaragua / Costa Rica).

About the author: Annalee Davis (Bridgetown, 1963) develops a hybrid practice as a visual artist, cultural researcher, educator and writer. She works at the intersection between biography and history, focusing her attention on post-plantation economies through her involvement with the particular landscape of Barbados. Her studio, located on a dairy farm, operated historically as a sugarcane plantation in the seventeenth century, offering today a critical context for her work that addresses the residues of the plantation. She has been showing and exhibiting her work regionally and internationally since the mid-nineties. In 2011, Davis founded Fresh Milk, an art platform and micro-residencies program. In 2012, she co-founded Caribbean Linked, an annual residency in Aruba dedicated to bringing together emerging artists, writers and curators from the Caribbean and Latin America. In 2015, she co-founded Tilting Axis, an independent visual arts platform that bridges the Caribbean through annual meetings. Between 2016 and 2018, she was Caribbean Arts Manager with the British Council, developing programs in Cuba, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and has also been a part-time professor at Barbados Community College (2005-2018). She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (1986) and a Master of Fine Arts from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (1989).

How to get the book?

Cost: ¢ 10,000 / $20 (USD)

For international orders send an email to administracion@teoretica.org

Also see www.teoretica.org.

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