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


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.

See Me Here features the work of 25 artists from the English speaking Caribbean: 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, and Dave Williams.

SKU: RC-SMH01 Category:


Paperback: 224 pages
Published by: Robert & Christopher Publishers, April 2014
ISBN: 978-976-95344-8-3
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.75 x 11.75 in.
Weight: 3.1 lbs

Edited by: Melanie Archer and Mariel Brown
Essay by: Marsha Pearce
Designed by: Richard Mark Rawlins


See Me Here is reviewed by Nicole Smythe-Johnson in the September 2016 issue of The Caribbean Review of Books. “I recommend regarding the volumes in this series as exhibitions, rather than as books. Yes, they function as books: they are portable documents of artwork of a certain type, from a certain region, in a certain time. However, they also make deliberate use of the logic of the art exhibition — the establishment of visual relationships, a focus on placement and space, etc. The series makes an argument — not as a literary text does, but as a visual one does. In this way, they are truly successful art-books, fusing the two media in the best possible way. To own a copy, then, is to have a portable exhibition, open for viewing the moment you part the pages.”   Read the full review here…