disillusions: Gendered Visions of the Caribbean and its Diasporas

Middlesex County College Studio Theatre Gallery, September 27 – November 8, 2011

(Opening Reception September 27, 5-7pm)

Exhibition curated by Tatiana Flores (Assistant Professor, Departments of Art History and Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University), with the support of Michelle Stephens (Associate Professor, Departments of English and Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies)

Artists in the Exhibition:

    • Maria Elena Alvarez (Venezuela)
    • Nicole Awai (Trinidad)
    • Firelei Baez (Dominican Republic)
    • Holly Bynoe (St. Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Melissa A. Calderon (U.S.A/Puerto Rico)Vladimir Cybil Charlier (Haiti)
    • Asha Ganpat (U.S.A./Trinidad)
    • Jessica Lagunas (Guatemala)
    • Rejin Leys (U.S.A./Haiti)
    • Sofia Maldonado (Puerto Rico)
    • Ana Patricia Palacios (Colombia)
    • Sandra Stephens (Jamaica)

    Concept: This exhibition brings together work of women artists from the Caribbean and its diasporas that addresses themes related to gender.  It defines the Caribbean as an expansive space that is not limited by national borders or island geographies. Grouping work by women from Anglophone, francophone, and Spanish-speaking backgrounds, it shows how common themes emerge from the experience of gender despite regional differences.  The exhibition title "Disillusions" refers to the tendency of the work in the exhibition to shatter illusion-whether pictorial or otherwise-by engaging in formal fragmentation, embracing discontinuity, and obfuscating meaning.  These artists refuse to present a world that is whole or coherent; instead they acknowledge that contemporary experience is fragmented, subjective, and often incomprehensible.

    Gendered Illusions

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