FLOW: Economies of the Look and Creativity in Contemporary Art from the Caribbean.

Exhibition on view from June 9 to August 29, 2014 at the IDB Cultural Center Art Gallery in Washington, DC. Co-curated with Elvis Fuentes.

The exhibition displays works by 27 artists from various countries including Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname represented in the IDB’s Art Collection as well as art loaned to the exhibition by private collectors, art galleries, and from the artists themselves.

For the curators, the term “FLOW” highlights one of the most important trends in the Caribbean’s contemporary visual culture: the appropriation of elements of popular culture in relation to the economies of “the look,” which foster concepts of embellishment and image-making throughout the region and its diaspora.

Changes in the global economy have significantly impacted the Caribbean in recent years, and Caribbean artists have been affected by these dramatic economic and social trends. FLOW offers a visual review of the dynamic stages of the creative economy (popularly known as the “Orange Economy”) — in terms of entertainment, fashion, beauty pageants, body modifications and cosmetic surgery, as well as in related industries, such as professional sports and music. The Caribbean’s aesthetic diversity is reflected in the works of the region’s most outstanding contemporary artists, many of which are presented in this unique exhibition.

The exhibition featured the work of Aruba – Elvis López – Bahamas – Omar Richardson – Barbados – Joscelyn Gardner, Sheena Rose – Cuba – Jairo Alfonso, Alessandra Exposito, Ana Olema – Dominican Republic – Firelei Báez, Freddy Rodríguez, Límber Vilorio – Guadeloupe – Kelly Sinnapah Mary – Guatemala – Regina José Galindo, Jessica Kairé, Jessica Lagunas – Guyana – Winston Strick – Haiti – Edouard Duval Carrié, Mireille Delice – Jamaica – Gerard Hanson, Keith Morrison, Ebony Patterson – Panama – Donna Conlon & Jonathan Harker – Puerto Rico – Miguel Luciano, Marta Pérez García – Suriname – Remy Jungerman – Trinidad & Tobago – Nicole Awai, Althea Bastien, Marlon Griffith.

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