See Me Here: A Survey of Contemporary Self-Portraits from the Caribbean

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See Me Here: A Survey of Contemporary Self-Portraits from the Caribbean 

ISBN 978-976-95344-7-6

Paperback, 8.75 x 11.75 in. / 224 pgs.

Edited by: Melanie Archer and Mariel Brown

Designed by: Richard Mark Rawlins

Essay by: Marsha Pearce

TT: $300.00 / US: $45.95

 

Released in April 2014, See Me Here: A Survey of Contemporary Self-Portraits from the Caribbean, calls attention to recent directions in self-portraiture throughout the region, by focusing on artists who frequently or significantly use their physical selves, or those to whom they are linked by blood or significant experience, as an avenue for exploration and expression. In so doing, the book asks: How do we really see ourselves? How accurate is the image we present? What formative roles do our cultures and upbringings play? And, what role does the Caribbean as a physical and mental space have in the creation and perception of our own personal, visual identities?

One of the most common understandings of the self-portrait is that it reveals something of an artist’s inner feelings or personality. While this is one focus of See Me Here, the book also examines how, by using their own likenesses, certain artists are speaking to potentially complex, multilayered matters – identity, history, race, gender, sexuality, politics – thus defining themselves within their given contexts and through vastly varied experiences.

Tyrell again

 

See Me Here includes the work of twenty five artists from around the English-speaking Caribbean.  They are:

Akuzuru
Ashraph
Ewan Atkinson
James Cooper
John Cox
Renee Cox
Annalee Davis
Susan Dayal
Laura Facey
Joscelyn Gardner
Lawrence Graham-Brown
Anna Ruth Henriques
Nadia Huggins
Michelle Isava
O’Neil Lawrence
Jaime Lee Loy
Che Lovelace
Joshua Lue Chee Kong
Olivia McGilchrist
Steve Ouditt
Sheena Rose
Irénée Shaw
Roberta Stoddart
Stacey Tyrell
Dave Williams

Sheena

James last time

 

 

 

 



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