elisa bergel melo

Seasons, 2020, 127 x 122 cm (each), Cyanotype on Paper
Final Form, 2020, Installation Size Variable, Wood

One month after being known in that island  curated by Yina Jiménez Suriel and Pablo Guardiola

The treaty declared peace between the Spanish monarchy and the newly founded French Republic on the basis of Spain’s con- cession of the eastern part of the island of Ayiti in the Caribbean to France. Given that the powers involved struck a deal without considering the communities of the colonized territories, this agreement can be seen as a speculative exercise. Yet, by the time of the treaty’s signing, the idea of autonomy in the Caribbean had already been seeded as the development and achievements of the Haitian Revolution brought cession to the fore.

This exhibition is about the power of imagination, as translated through the production of contemporary art, to generate multiple forms of resistance and emancipation in our realities. The invited artists follow methodologies of subversion, not repetition, to construct narratives that circumvent colonial and neocolonial signs within the narratives of the region.

The artworks presented in One month after being known in that island put forth different ways of thinking, inhabiting, feeling, and communicating the Caribbean. They are frameworks, described from positions of autonomy, that invite the viewer to approach multiple local realities. These works touch, cross, or continue their journey in parallel to institutionalized dynamics of power, never denying the complexity of contexts within our region, nor any of its possibilities.

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