March 30, 2010

Annalee to speak about her work at the Seminar Series in Theory and Criticism at Cave Hill

Detail from "Just beyond my Imagination" - Floor mat engraved with text - 'Members Preferred'.

The next presentation in the series will be by Annalee Davis and will take place on Monday April 12 from 10.30 am to noon in the Computer Science, Maths and Physics Conference Room.

The title of her presentation is “Of People and Lands: Project 45 and Maps.” Here is her abstract:

Do visual artists have a part to play in contributing to an understanding of Caribbean societies? Can their creative investigations be seen as parallel forms of inquiry? This presentation contributes to the seminar series from the perspective of a visual artist working with installation, video, and wall-based work.

My visual presentation includes the sharing, in part, of two bodies of artistic works – Project 45 & Maps. Project 45 examines anxieties surrounding intra-Caribbean migration within the context of Article 45 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. An evolving suite of forty-five inter-related pieces, Project 45 evolved out of a thirty-minute video project - On the Map, to continue examining issues of failed implementation, free movement, insularity, xenophobia, intolerance, racism, identity and human rights abuses in the Southern Caribbean.

The works are also informed by the Green Paper put forward by the government of Barbados in late 2009 - outlining the state's proposed changes to immigration law - suggestions which in spirit, contradict the commitment to the Revised Treaty, and which are designed to make it even more difficult for CARICOM non-nationals to improve their livelihoods through movement.

In Maps, I look at how the beauty of Barbados as a small island developing state is being irreversibly altered by the dominant vision of developers. Unprecedented modification to the physical environment is taking place - perpetuating the mythical image of tropical destination as playground for the tourist. Consequently, coastal access is increasingly limited to locals, while interior spaces are manicured into Miami look-alike 'community life style' arenas, showcasing cookie cutter houses planted around man made ponds, golf courses and polo fields. The island's best resources are shaped and reserved for external gaze and privilige for those from somewhere else. In one work, I measure seven miles of Barbados’ notorious ‘gold coast,’ to learn how many feet of beach access the public has left onto the west coast. Not much.

Annalee Davis is a visual artist who creates works in video, installation, drawing and painting. Her works explore ideas about home/land, longing and belonging and expose tensions within a larger context of a post-colonial history and more recent post-independent spaces.

All are welcome to attend.

Richard L. W. Clarke

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