For those of us living in New York, comes a welcome and exciting treat – two days of Caribbean centered art, brought to us courtesy of the folks at ARC Magazine – “Metanoia: Practices of Exhaustion.”  The event comes in two parts – first, the Artists’ Talk at Volta NY, in the City, then the Art Exhibition at Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn.  This two-day event was made possible through a programming partnership between ARC Magazine and VOLTA NY.

Metanoia: Practices of Exhaustion, will showcase how artists are reconsidering and re-evaluating evolving art traditions through the use of private and public avenues used to foster connections and to activate communities. The taboo of engaging in a healthy conversation around creativity, labour and the larger industry involves the renegotiation of presence and fixed criteria. The dialogue generated will explore ideas around intimacy, collaboration, process and social accountability, and will be discussed in tandem to the ways that artists deploy methodologies and principles that recount subjective exchanges and greater connective commonalities.


Artists’ Talk at Volta NY:
ARC Magazine Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief and Holly Bynoe (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), and Junior Editor and Writer Blake Daniels (USA), will lead a discussion centered around Caribbean and diaspora based artists, whose practices intersect various disciplines, including New Media, Performance Art and Socially Engaged Practices. This informal discussion will highlight critical concerns in the development of visual language through the examination of private and public realities of contemporary Caribbean society.

Artists present include Olivia McGilchrist, Feature Prize winner of the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival and ARC Magazine New Media Prize (Jamaica); John Cox, fine artist represented by PopopStudios, and Artistic Director of Baha Mar, Nassau (The Bahamas); Ian Deleon, social activist, educator and artist (Cuba/Brazil/Boston); Jayson Keeling, artist (Jamaica/USA); and Joiri Minaya, artist (Dominican Republic/USA).

Deets: March 7th at 6:00 pm at 82 Mercer Street, in the Talks Lounge at VOLTA NY.


The Art Exhibition:
The panel will culminate in Brooklyn,  where the informal conversation will transform from a discursive model into a one night exhibition showcasing a selection of New Media and Performative works by Kwesi Abbensetts (Guyana/USA), Steeve Bauras (Martinique/France), Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow (Jamaica/USA), Allana Clarke (Trinidad & Tobago/USA), Gilles Elie Dit Cosaque (Martinique/France), Ian Deleon (Cuba/Brazil/USA), Jeannette Ehlers (Denmark), Antoine Hunt (Bermuda), Jayson Keeling (Jamaica/USA), Carolyn Lazard (USA/Haiti), Davina Lee (St. Lucia), Manuel Mathieu (Haiti/Montreal), Olivia McGilchrist (Jamaica), Michael McIntosh (USA/Jamaica), Joiri Minaya (Dominican Republic/USA), Nile Saulter (Jamaica), Nyugen Smith (Trinidad/Haiti/USA), Rodell Warner (Trinidad and Tobago), and Antonia Wright (USA).

Deets: March 8th at 8:00 pm, at Grace Exhibition Space, 840 Broadway, 2nd Fl, Brooklyn

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We say, use the links in this post to become familiar with the artists and their work, then come out and join them as they share their work with us.