Curated by He Yining, Ghost Island by Lisandro Suriel is an endeavour at building visual metaphors and frameworks for understanding the complex dynamics and unseen influences of Caribbean identity and Black imagination.
The basis of this project originates from the artist’s own insular background in Saint Martin. By visually deconstructing New World imagination, his images serve to dissociate Black Caribbean narratives that of colonialism, generating new possibilities where inhabitants get to express their subjectivity and humanity beyond the White gaze. The work also connotes the island nation’s multifaceted contextual conditions of overlapping histories and immateriality.
Ultimately Ghost Island attempts to answer the three fundamental questions that underlie both Suriel’s artistic research practice and his cultural roots: What constitutes a Caribbean/Black identity? How can we imagine this identity? What cognitive tools can be developed to engage with Caribbean/Black identity?
This exhibition is part of the Singapore International Photography Festival 2022.
Venue: 37 Emerald Hill Rd, Singapore 229313
Opening times: Tue to Sun: 11am to 7pm – Closed on Mon
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