FRESH MILK VII – Launch of Photo Exhibition & Library, Sun. 15th July
Fresh Milk is proud to launch the Robert & Christopher Publishers illustrated book, Pictures from Paradise: A Survey of Contemporary Caribbean Photography in Barbados on July 15, 2012 from 5-7pm.
It will take place at The Milking Parlour Studio, Walkers Dairy, St. George.
Pictures from Paradise – the first in Robert & Christopher’s planned series of thematic explorations – examines the ways in which contemporary photography has evolved within the English-speaking Caribbean to tackle intricate issues beyond idyllic scenes. Within the past few years, regional artists working with the medium of fine art photography have provided an increasingly searching image of the Caribbean and the people who inhabit it.
In recognising that the region is not the picture-perfect paradise of traditional depictions, these artists focus instead on what is not easily seen or that which is often ignored – the complex social, racial, political, and physical relationships and landscapes that exist within the Caribbean.
Edited by Melanie Archer and Mariel Brown, Pictures from Paradise features a critical essay by O’Neil Lawrence, assistant curator of the National Gallery of Jamaica, and 230 images from 18 artists. The artists include Barbadian Ewan Atkinson as well as Marvin Bartley, Renee Cox, Gerard Hanson, Marlon James, O’Neil Lawrence, Ebony G Patterson, Radcliffe Roye, Terry Boddie, Holly Bynoe, James Cooper, Gerard Gaskin, Abigail Hadeed, Nadia Huggins, Roshini Kempadoo, Alex Smailes, Stacey Tyrell and Rodell Warner.
All of these artists are either based in the Caribbean or have ties to the region. Three segments will be held at FRESH MILK VII to celebrate and interrogate the photographic and literary practices in the Caribbean. First, FRESH MILK will officially open the Colleen Lewis Reading Room. This collection is free for the public to use by appointment and it holds holds a wide range of publications concerning the fine and craft arts, theory, fiction, and more. Individuals can contribute books or monetary funds to expand the collection.
Secondly, we invite the public to view the photographic exhibition “A Negation of Preconceptions” curated by Natalie McGuire. On display will be the works of four young Caribbean photographers Mark King (Barbados), Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe (Grenada), Rodell Warner and Tracey Chan (Trinidad & Tobago).
Thirdly, Aaron Kamugisha, Lecturer in Cultural Studies at UWI, Cave Hill, will facilitate a conversation between FRESH MILK guests and the editors of Pictures from Paradise.