The Expanded Caribbean:
Contemporary Photography at the Crossroads
September 19 - December 10, 2017
Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel University
Conrad Louis-CharlesHaitian boy selling plantains at the corner market in Dajabón, DR, 2016, archival pigment print, 23"x36"
William Earle WilliamsSlave Burial Site, Bridgetown, Barbados, 2008, silver gelatin print, 7.5"x7.375"
The Expanded Caribbean features work by sixteen emerging and established artists with projects based in several different nations and communities neighboring the Caribbean Sea. The exhibition brings together images that document, interrogate, challenge, and otherwise engage the meaning of place in an area with a rich and complex history as a target of exploration and conquest, voluntary and forced migration, trade, travel, and tourism. Responding variously to cultural, historical, mythological, and personal aspects of the greater Caribbean, artists initiate dialogues about how events of the past inform contemporary experience in a continually shifting and evolving environment.
PRESS and AWARDS:
Edith Newhall, "In Philly Galleries Now: Modern Photos of Caribbean Heritage," Philadelphia Inquirer (10/18/17).
artblog, "Our Picks," (October 2017).
PA Partners in the Arts (of the PA Council on the Arts), Project Stream Grant, 2017-18.
Edith Newhall, "15 Top-Flight Gallery Shows to See in Philly This Fall," Philadelphia Inquirer (9/6/17).
InLiquid/Blick Microgrant, 2017.