Academic Year 2017-2018

Event Title

Fantastical Imagery and Elements of Resilience in the Caribbean

Location

De Santis Building, Room 5026

Event Website

http://cahss.nova.edu/faculty/andrea_nevins.html

Start Date

15-2-2018 12:00 PM

End Date

15-2-2018 1:00 PM

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Description

The Caribbean has historically been constructed as a region mantled by the fantastic. Tales of Maroon leader Nanny’s mystical capacity to catch bullets with her buttocks, stories featuring mythological characters such as of the cloven-hoofed temptress La Diablesse, and reports of sightings of the disruptive spirit known as a rolling calf are standard fare across the region and in many ways mark the Caribbean’s resistance to the oppressive forces of colonial and neo-colonial powers. Coupled with these discourses that proliferate within are those spun from beyond Caribbean geographic and cultural boundaries. Legends of the devouring Bermuda Triangle, Pat Robertson’s tirade about the cause of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and TV advertisements featuring the memorable Miss Cleo of Psychic Readers’ Network all imply that the Caribbean is an anomalous and enchanted space. Caribbean visual artists have a deeply evident investment in a fantastical imaginary of the region, and many of the artists who emerged in the first half of the twentieth century were intimately associated with Afro-Caribbean spiritual practices, which profoundly inflected their work. These include Cuba’s Wifredo Lam, Trinidad’s LeRoy Clarke, Haiti’s Hector Hyppolite, and Jamaica’s Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds. The work of several contemporary Caribbean artists sustains this engagement with the metaphysical in varied and compelling ways. My presentation will focus on fantastical imagery and elements of resilience in a small sampling of work from Miami-based Caribbean artists.

Comments

Faculty and chair in the Department of History and Political Science in CAHSS

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Feb 15th, 12:00 PM Feb 15th, 1:00 PM

Fantastical Imagery and Elements of Resilience in the Caribbean

De Santis Building, Room 5026

The Caribbean has historically been constructed as a region mantled by the fantastic. Tales of Maroon leader Nanny’s mystical capacity to catch bullets with her buttocks, stories featuring mythological characters such as of the cloven-hoofed temptress La Diablesse, and reports of sightings of the disruptive spirit known as a rolling calf are standard fare across the region and in many ways mark the Caribbean’s resistance to the oppressive forces of colonial and neo-colonial powers. Coupled with these discourses that proliferate within are those spun from beyond Caribbean geographic and cultural boundaries. Legends of the devouring Bermuda Triangle, Pat Robertson’s tirade about the cause of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and TV advertisements featuring the memorable Miss Cleo of Psychic Readers’ Network all imply that the Caribbean is an anomalous and enchanted space. Caribbean visual artists have a deeply evident investment in a fantastical imaginary of the region, and many of the artists who emerged in the first half of the twentieth century were intimately associated with Afro-Caribbean spiritual practices, which profoundly inflected their work. These include Cuba’s Wifredo Lam, Trinidad’s LeRoy Clarke, Haiti’s Hector Hyppolite, and Jamaica’s Mallica “Kapo” Reynolds. The work of several contemporary Caribbean artists sustains this engagement with the metaphysical in varied and compelling ways. My presentation will focus on fantastical imagery and elements of resilience in a small sampling of work from Miami-based Caribbean artists.

https://nsuworks.nova.edu/far_fls/ay2017-2018/lectures/4