Curating the Black Diaspora


On 16 November 2012 ICF presented a one day symposium that aimed to facilitate knowledge exchange between contemporary art curators in the UK, the Caribbean and elsewhere. The event explored models for collaborative and inclusive art/curatorial practices, and examined the Caribbean ‘diaspora’ as its defining characteristic. The discussion investigated how diaspora may transform our current globalised curatorial practice, its reception and its attendant discourses. The event was supported by the Commonwealth Foundation and presented in partnership with the Barbados Museum & Historical Society and the V&A.

Panel 1:
Veerle Poupeye (National Gallery of Jamaica), Holly Parotti (2010 National Exhibition at the National Gallery of the Bahamas), chaired by Alissandra Cummins (Barbados Museum & Historical Society) 

Panel 2: 
Sonia Boyce (artist, UK) in conversation with Allison Thompson (art historian, Barbados) on Boyce’s video work Crop Over
Paul Goodwin (curator, UK) on Caribbean visual discourse and literature 
Alanna Lockward (curator, Dominican Republic) on curating the Caribbean

Followed by a tour of the V&A exhibition Hidden Histories & a publication launch for Curating in the Caribbean

On 17 & 18 November 2012 ICF facilitated a tour of major exhibitions in Nottingham and Liverpool for the visiting curators. The group visited:

Kafou: Haiti, Art & Vodou (Nottingham Contemporary), the major exhibition of Haitian art in the UK for many years. Featuring nearly 200 paintings, sculptures and flags by 35 artists from the 1940s to present day, the exhibition traced the historical representation of Vodou and the supernatural in Haiti. 
I Is Another Part Two (New Art Exchange), marking the 50th anniversary of Jamaica independence with new installations by Ebony G. Patterson and Peter Dean Rickards. 
The Unfinished Conversation (The Bluecoat) John Akonfrah’s new 3-screen film about theorist and writer Stuart Hall.
The Liverpool Biennial with meetings with members of the Liverpool Biennial team and the Director of the Bluecoat 
A special performance curated by ICF co-founder Mark Waugh