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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 105–114.
Published: 01 November 2009
... Contemporary Visual Arts of the Francophone Caribbean Dominique Brebion For the Caribbean artist, there is perhaps no theme more persistent and compelling than that of memory. In the francophone Caribbean, before the emergence of a truly engaged visual art tradition in the late 1970s...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 78–87.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Kobena Mercer Contrary to the view that Stuart Hall's involvement in the visual arts was a supplement to his work in cultural studies and political analysis, this reflection addresses key continuities that connect his 1970s writings on racism and the media with the enlivening impact that the hybrid...
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Small Axe (2009) 13 (2): 164–184.
Published: 01 July 2009
...Veerle Poupeye This essay reflects on how social unrest and violence are responded to in the mainstream visual arts of postcolonial Jamaica. The focus is on two particular moments of crisis: the social unrest and political violence during the Michael Manley administration in the 1970s and the...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (1 (52)): 126–140.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Elena Valdez This essay examines two prominent Dominican visual artists—Belkis Ramírez and Raquel Paiewonsky—whose work encompasses new media such as video arts, installations, and performances. By defying traditional models of pictorial and sculptural art, these artists have revolutionized the...
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Small Axe (2016) 20 (3 (51)): 80–99.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Tatiana Flores; Michelle Stephens This essay argues for an archipelagic approach to the twenty-first-century visual arts of the insular Caribbean. While it is common for scholars to stress the region's heterogeneity, the authors seek out thematic continuities in the art of the Caribbean islands...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 8–26.
Published: 01 July 2013
...Michelle Stephens This essay explores the visual arts for models of an archipelagic way of thinking that is endemic to the Caribbean and yet obscured by nationalist frameworks. Unpacking the ways Caribbean studies is imbricated within and articulated through a number of discourses—area studies, the...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 167–176.
Published: 01 July 2015
... range of artists as the subjects of the book. She discusses “timing” and temporality as the central narrative for Wainwright in researching Caribbean art as transnational and comments on the implications and limitations of the publication in addressing the complexity of contemporary Caribbean visual art...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (3 (27)): 94–104.
Published: 01 October 2008
...Barbara Prézeau-Stephenson This article focuses on the visual arts in contemporary Haiti, providing a rare insight into the current creative context. Countering a customary focus on history painting and Vodou-inspired or magical realist work, it explores the evolution of artistic production over...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (2): 119–137.
Published: 01 June 2007
...Krista A. Thompson Some critics contend that the visual language of abstraction or conceptual art cannot translate “Caribbeanness.” This essay considers the work of several contemporary Caribbean artists who highlight how the “picturesque” paintings so favored by detractors were historically...
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (3 (42)): 227–243.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Wendy Asquith As has recently been observed by Matthew J. Smith, “It is a peculiar feature of Haitian historiography that increased production of new literature often follows national crisis.” A parallel pattern has been evident in Haitian visual arts, yet this has not always been at the impulse of...
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Small Axe (2007) 11 (2): 66–87.
Published: 01 June 2007
..., Ras Daniel's work parallels that aesthetic in the visual arts. Small Axe Incorporated 2007 From Mythologies to Realities: The Iconography of Ras Daniel Heartman Ama Ab s t r a c t : Few Jamaican visual artists have been able to capture the quintessence of Jamaican identity...
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Small Axe (2015) 19 (2 (47)): 177–184.
Published: 01 July 2015
.... 2015 racial formations black diaspora Marxism One of the more striking features of Leon Wainwright's Timed Out: Art and the Transnational Caribbean is the way it manages to showcase a Caribbean visual arts sphere that is very much of the present, precisely by historicizing the temporal...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 123–134.
Published: 01 July 2017
...Andil Gosine In March 2016, a group of artists and scholars met at York University in Toronto to consider visual arts produced by indenture-descendant creators. Among them were filmmakers Richard Fung and Ian Harnarine, who engaged in a dialogue about their work and responded to inquiries posed by...
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Small Axe (2004) 8 (2): 1–31.
Published: 01 September 2004
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Small Axe (2013) 17 (2 (41)): 136–153.
Published: 01 July 2013
... studies and particularly for conceiving of Caribbean visual culture. It considers ways the exploration of Caribbean art practices and research of Caribbean visual culture might require reconsideration as global and interconnected structures requiring a transnational and intercultural approach. Insight of...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 134–154.
Published: 01 November 2011
....” 22 Paul Faber, “Vodou Art and Religion,” Material Religion 5, no. 2 (2009): 254. 23 For more on the connection between the secret societies and zombification in Haitian popular belief and legend, see Elizabeth McAlister, “A Sorcerer’s Bottle: The Visual Art of Magic in Haiti,” in...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 35–56.
Published: 01 July 2018
...Tao Leigh Goffe This essay focuses on artwork that centers family photographs and home movies as a point of departure to trouble the conventional family album in order to narrate a story about Caribbean Chinese kinship. In the art examined, personal visual archives are used to respond to the lacuna...
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Small Axe (2004) 8 (2): 84–99.
Published: 01 September 2004
... how the conditions of displacement and migration inform the defi nition of Caribbean cultural identities. Th is essay foregrounds the importance ofA the visual arts within the formation of cultural identity. Bringing together folklore and historical memories to discuss the cultural...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (3 (27)): 58–70.
Published: 01 October 2008
..., definite visual tendencies of quantum writing that are very similar 21. For a good overview of some of the intersections between Frankétienne’s visual art and his writing, see Jonassaint, “Beyond Painting or Writing,” 141–56. 22. See also the ensembles of text and image in...
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Small Axe (2018) 22 (2 (56)): 144–160.
Published: 01 July 2018
... hegemonic European temporality. 44 For more on lynching in the United States, in relation to photography, see James Allen, Hilton Als, John Lewis, and Leon F. Litwack, Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America (Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms, 2004); Leigh Raiford, “Lynching, Visuality, and the Un...