Cannonball Artist-in-Residence Christopher Cozier will speak about the potential free/play spaces that Caribbean artists are constantly imagining, constructing, and navigating. As the established idea of the Caribbean—as a viable fiction; as a site of exchanges—is an old, owned product traded between various beneficiaries that predominantly and inherently seek to control and exclude, Caribbean artists generate defiant spaces that fall between categorizations and established properties. Resisting the on-going contest to whip body, person, and place into shape in order to make it visible or useful, a new "critical space” emerges in-between the social engines of power: an awareness of bodies as more than just units of labor or consumption. These are, instead, understood as co-producers of gourmet abjection and otherness. Caribbean artists have made the production of these “in-between territories” the underlying logic “here," on the darker, sweaty side of Modernity.
Cozier (b.1959, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) is an artist, writer, and curator. He lives and works in Trinidad, and is the recipient of a Prince Claus Award for 2013 and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the Academy of The University of Trinidad & Tobago (2006-10) and is co-director of Alice Yard, an arts space in Port-of-Spain. He was a member of the editorial collective of Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1998-2010) and was an editorial adviser to BOMB Magazine for their Americas issues in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Recent curatorial projects include Paramaribo Span (2010), held in Paramaribo, Suriname; Wrestling With The Image: Caribbean Interventions (2011) at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C; Project 35, Vol. 2 (2012); and, as a satellite curatorial advisor, SITE Santa Fe (2014). His work has been included in the 5th and 7th Havana Biennial (1994, 2000); Infinite Island (2007); Biennial de Cuenca, Ecuador (2009); Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe (2009); Rockstone and Bootheel: Contemporary West Indian Art (2009) at Real Art Ways; Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic (2010) at TATE Liverpool; and The Global Africa Project (2010-11) at Museum of Art and Design NY, among others. Cozier is the subject of the 2006 documentary Uncomfortable: the Art of Christopher Cozier.