Peel [Ontario] Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) is pleased to partner with the CArt (Caribbean Art)Fair, the Black Artists’ Network in Dialogue (BAND), and guest curators Karen Carter and Greg Manuel to present the exhibition, when night stirred at sea: Contemporary Caribbean Art opening Oct. 29, first as a virtual exhibition and then on-site once PAMA re-opens to the public. PAMA is inviting the public to a special, virtual launch celebration for the exhibition on Thursday, Oct. 29. Register now to reserve your spot for the event.
- Krystal Ball (Jamaican/Canadian, Toronto-based)
- Vanley Burke (Jamaican/British, London-based)
- Katrina Coombs (Jamaican)
- Javier Dayes (Jamaican)
- Owen V. Gordon (Jamaican/Canadian, Toronto-based)
- Ila Lovelace-Kuhnert (Trinidadian)
- Christina Leslie (Canadian, Toronto-based)
- Miles Regis (Trinidadian/American, Los Angeles-based)
- Janice Reid (Jamaican/Canadian, Brampton-based)
- Storm Saulter (Jamaican)
This exhibition showcases a selection of artists who were featured in the inaugural CArt (Caribbean Art) Fair in late January and early February 2020 in Mandeville, Jamaica. The Fair seems like another lifetime as a little over a month later the world began to go into isolation facing the uncertainty of a global pandemic.
The rising health crisis made the need for a comprehensive look at Caribbean art seem far less urgent. Then came the rise of the Black Lives Matter global movement, the protests, the conversations about racism, and about how the free labour of indigenous Africans from the transatlantic slave trade was used to build our modern capitalist society. These events shifted the conversations about the role the Caribbean has played in the development of the “new world” making the voice of the artists from this region and the larger diaspora more relevant than ever.
In difficult times, art has been an essential part of human survival. Artists create works that provide everything from a temporary escape to an important interpretive record of the human condition that lasts long past any given challenging time. The artists featured in this exhibition are all connected to the English Caribbean islands. Their works explore themes of identity, community, colonization, globalization, social justice, activism and climate change. The exhibition provides a small window into the complex beauty and inherent tensions of Caribbean cultural identity that connect this region and the larger Caribbean diaspora to the world.
Virtual Programming Highlights
- Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 pm: Exhibition Opening Reception – Register Now
- Thursday, Nov. 26, 7 pm: Art & Book Club in partnership with Brampton Library. This month’s feature book is These Ghosts are Family by Maisy Card – Register Now
- Saturday, Nov. 28, 2 pm: Artist Talk – The Photographers, featuring Vanley Burke, Christina Leslie, Janice Reid, and Storm Saulter
- Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021: Artist Talk – Painting and Textiles, featuring Krystal Ball, Katrina Coombs, Javier Dayes, Owen V. Gordon and Miles Regis
“It is a pleasure to be working with such a wide range of artists with connections to the English Caribbean on this exhibition. During the inaugural CArt fair in Mandeville, Jamaica, in January of this year, we could never have imagined that only nine months later, we would be opening an exhibition with PAMA in a world even more in need of these artists voices.
To be able to bring some of the artists together for a second time and to a broader international audience at PAMA is wonderful and in keeping with the mandate of CArt to connect Caribbean artists to the broader art world. To be able to do so at this particular moment in history adds yet another significant layer to our belief of the important role artists play in our understanding of the human condition.” Co-curators Karen Carter and Greg Manuel
“We are thrilled to finally see this showcase come to fruition after a year in the making and to welcome guest curators Karen and Greg to the PAMA family. As a Canadian of Jamaican descent, I felt very passionately that this was an important story to tell, now more than ever. We are so very pleased to include local and international Caribbean artists in the exhibit including Brampton’s own Janice Reid.” Rene Nand, Manager, Community and Cultural Engagement at PAMA
PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington Street, East in Brampton. Visit pama.peelregion.ca to learn more.