Emancipation is defined as, “the act of setting free from slavery, servitude, and or restraint; deliverance from bondage or controlling influence; liberation.” Between 1833 and 1863 people of African descent across what was the old British empire, North and South America were released from the physical restraints of slavery and servitude. In less than 200 years the progeny of those emancipated people has been reclaiming their rights, identities and cultures in the presence of the many police and control systems that remain.
The curatorial team challenged the artists to examine those issues and themes from their perspective. Then we encouraged, reviewed, and supported the amazing genius and creativity of these 17 artists. It is an exciting and eclectic array of creative energy on exhibit at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts this summer. It represents a collective reflection of where Barbadian society has been, where we are today, and where we want to go in the future.
African American artist, author and curator, Dr. Samella Lewis, said it best, “Art is not a luxury as many people think – it is a necessity. It documents history – it helps educate people and stores knowledge for generations to come.”
Anderson M. Pilgrim – Lead Curator
Oneka Small – Curator
Shane Eastmond – Curator
Tuesday-Friday, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Cruise Ship Days, 8:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday & Monday Closed
Caribbean Museum for the Arts
10 Strand St. / 62 King St.
Frederiksted – Virgin Islands