APRIL 30, 2022, 6 p.m.
Karlstrasse 43, Karlsruhe
– Unearthing Dialogues –
“An encounter is only the beginning of a separation”
Tony Capellan – Caribbean Contemporary Artist-
Caribbean contemporary art is neither wholly indebted to Euro-American artistic traditions nor without its modernisms alongside the contemporary. The group of artists presenting new media expressions [time-based, video, and digital imaging] is committed to making clear that critical narratives are shaped by playful constructions of different new ways of seeing in contemporary art.
Artists are always eager to experiment with new tools, so it’s no surprise that digital media can also offer a creative playground. The group of selected artists’ works parallel with other artistic media. [From painting and drawing to performance.] This New Media selection surveys how Caribbean artists explore digital possibilities and shape how we experience time-based and digital images. As with most fields of human endeavor, digital imaging and information technology have revolutionized art at so many levels that the digital is less a genre or medium than a methodological approach.
The group of Caribbean artists’ time-based works are fragments of memory, imagination, and personal experiences. They are presented as memory-making of the Caribbean as an archipelago and diaspora in shared relation. Caribbean communities are forged, often through artistic expression despite fragmentation and difference across language, geography, and history.
Each artwork draws on the personal and collective memory of multiple lived realities, histories, and art histories across the Caribbean and its diaspora.
Jorge Luis Gutierrez
Curatorial Advisor DCS contemporary
“Contemporary Caribbean” forward
“Visual surprise is natural in the Caribbean; it comes with the landscape, and faced with its beauty, the sigh of History dissolves. “
– Caribbean poet. Nobel Prize in Literature –
A few months after the opening of the DCS contemporary gallery in the heart of Karlsruhe, as Founder-Director, I proudly present the “Contemporary Caribbean” –Unearthing Dialogues – exhibition.
A trailblazing selection of renowned contemporary artists emerged from the Caribbean. The exhibition is an open dialogue to understand better the development of contemporary arts across the Caribbean region and its Diasporas.
The truth, however, is that the Caribbean, even as a geographical expression, is a very imprecise place that is difficult to define. Populated by a diverse polyglot of peoples, which in whatever combinations of race, religion, language, and culture cohere and coexist. There are Europeans, Africans, Asian Indians, Indonesian Javanese. As well as Chinese, Aboriginal Indians, and many mixes. Perhaps like no other World region so richly varied.
DCS contemporary is an art space committed to including new voices and perspectives into the art experience as a crossed dialogue of cultures. Recent decades have witnessed concerns over representation diversity, inclusion, and equity. It moved from the margins to the center of visual arts, galleries, and museum practice.
The exhibition breaks new ground and makes a valuable contribution to socially engaged thinking and practice in the arts. It not only makes a vivid, compelling case for inclusive curating but provides experiential approaches to enjoy, better understand and take the work forward of the heart-warming Caribbean artists.
The spaces of DCS contemporary will become an open window for music and literary expressions. And of artistic and curatorial dialogues, workshops, and information about contemporary Caribbean art and culture. An authentic German- Caribbean culture crossed conversation.
I wish to thank our audience and the magnificent artists on behalf of the DCS contemporary team, partners, and sponsors. Significantly when creative expressiveness can contribute to uniting artists and all people worldwide. It is as they claim new identities emanating new unearthing dialogues.
Dr. Dana Corina Schmidt
Founder – Director DCS contemporary