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Small Axe (2009) 13 (3 (30)): 105–114.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Dominique Brebion The titles of the exhibitions and works of visual artists from the Francophone Caribbean often underline the extent to which the theme of memory remains at the heart of their work. This problematic is broken down into three branches. The feeling of an irremediable loss provokes...
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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 (2004) 8 (2): 84–99.
Published: 01 September 2004
...Jerry Philogene Small Axe Incorporated 2004 Visual Narratives of Cultural Memory and Diasporic Identities: Two Contemporary Haitian American Artists Jerry Philogene n examination of cultural production is useful to the understanding of the experi- ences of diaspora and...
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Small Axe (2011) 15 (3 (36)): 134–154.
Published: 01 November 2011
... the Blender: A Visual History of Catastrophe in Haiti Donald Cosentino Plastic flower bouquets are indeed flowers in ruins—they evoke bouquets wrapped in cellophane, purchased from the gas stations and convenience stores, that today adorn the inner city shrines to those who have died by...
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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 (2015) 19 (1 (46)): 118–122.
Published: 01 March 2015
... The idea for the second project, “The Visual Life of Catastrophic History,” emerged in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010. Catastrophe—natural, political—is of course a major theme in the creative Caribbean imagination. Again we posed a number of orienting...
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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 (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 (2008) 12 (3 (27)): 58–70.
Published: 01 October 2008
... with a particularly good example of such revolutions through the visual and linguistic inventiveness that characterizes his oeuvre in general and his practice of rewriting his previously written works in particular. His rewriting offers new perspectives on the key concepts that have shaped his artistic...
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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 (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 (2017) 21 (3 (54)): 167–178.
Published: 01 November 2017
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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 (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...
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Small Axe (2021) 25 (1 (64)): 28–46.
Published: 01 March 2021
... presence of Caribbean, African, and African American prisoners in the Nazi camp system. While the Nassy Collection at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum cannot render transparent a wartime experience that has gone largely unrecorded, it illustrates how shifting from a textual to a visual lens can...
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Small Axe (2004) 8 (2): 1–31.
Published: 01 September 2004
...Krista A. Thompson Small Axe Incorporated 2004 This content is made freely available by the publisher. It may not be redistributed or altered. All rights reserved. Black Skin, Blue Eyes : Visualizing Blackness in Jamaican Art, 1922 1944 Krista A. Thompson From the opposite end of the...
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Small Axe (2012) 16 (1 (37)): 1–19.
Published: 01 March 2012
...Peter James Hudson This essay unearths and recovers the Caribbean films and photographs made by New York School artist Rudy Burckhardt in the 1930s and 1940s. It argues that Burckhardt's work, especially his 1937 experimental film Haiti , deserves to be considered as part of a Caribbean visual...
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Small Axe (2008) 12 (1): 169–181.
Published: 01 February 2008
...Krista A. Thompson Are there intrinsic and unique ways of representing the “visual atmospherics” of the Caribbean? Might phenomenological studies of embodied perception offer insight into distinct forms of Caribbean visuality? How would contrapuntal interpretations of colonial archives result in a...
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Small Axe (2017) 21 (2 (53)): 81–93.
Published: 01 July 2017
...Nalini Mohabir This essay engages with visual cues that point to an afterlife of indentureship across a culture, history, and economics of labor, evident as a felt presence or absence in photographic representations of Caribbean persons. The author re-views photographs (both archival and artistic...