Curating the Caribbean: Unsettling the Boundaries of Art and Artefact

Michael Carrasco, Lesley Wolff, Paul Niell

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In this paper we consider the material and visual implications of coloniality within the U.S. Southeast and Caribbean region through a reflection on the conceptual process of curating the exhibition Decolonizing Refinement: Contemporary Pursuits in the Art of Edouard Duval-Carrié (Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University, February 16-April 1, 2018). By juxtaposing the recent work of Haitian-born American painter and sculptor Edouard Duval-Carrié (b. 1954) and a selection of historical artifacts from the Southeastern United States we bring to light the recursive patterns of colonialism and exploitation in which the Gulf region has been culturally, economically, and politically entangled. Our collaborative exhibition deconstructs the notion of refinement both in the aesthetic sense and also as processes by which a resource becomes a product. For Duval-Carrié, the Caribbean is not merely a case study for these broader global dynamics, but rather the crucible from which the modern, i
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20
JournalInternational Journal of Heritage Studies
StatePublished - Dec 2020


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