The Sea is History: Art and Black Atlantic Cultures. A Symposium around the work of Frank Bowling | Haus Der Kunst | 20 October
On June 23, 2017, Haus der Kunst opened "Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi," a comprehensive survey of monumental and mid-sized paintings by the distinguished Guyanese-born, British painter Frank Bowling.
In this talk, Nadia Huggins, an artist affiliated with Small Axe's Caribbean Queer Visualities project, explores the in-between spaces of the shoreline and beneath the water. Through the use of her images, she explores the moments of vulnerablities of moments at the boundaries of the shorelines and how constructs emerge in these spaces. Nadia Huggins is a self-taught visual artist and self-employed graphic designer. She was born in Trinidad & Tobago, grew up in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, and has lived and worked in Saint Vincent, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad.
Popcaan Where We Come From album cover by Small Axe 54 cover artist Ricardo Edwards
by Tiana Reid
For the playlist to accompany Small Axe's latest issue, we stayed close to the Jamaican 1960s special section. And yet the afterlife of music—Peter Tosh's "I Am That I Am" (1977) or even Popcaan's "Where We Come From" (2014)—suggests that the 1960s as an era lived much longer than its nominal decade.
Small Axe 54 playlist.
In this twenty-sixith issue of sx salon, Vanessa Valdés serves as guest editor for a special discussion, “Commemorating 1917.” As Valdés noted in her Call for Papers earlier this year, “1917 was a significant year in the Caribbean,” with major happenings in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.
By Wilfredo J. Burgos Matos
30 November – 1 December 2017
The Colonnades Club and The Inn at Darden
The November 2017 issue of Small Axe is now available. This issue includes a special section entitled "The Jamaican 1960s," with essays by David Scott, Donette Francis, Deborah A. Thomas, Sheri-Marie Harrison, Obika Gray, Maziki Thame, Faith Smith, and Charles Carnegie. The issue also includes a book discussion of SX's managing editor, Vanessa Pérez-Rosario's, book Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon.
In light of the Small Axe Project's continued attention to recent hurricane-wrought devastation across the Caribbean, we would like to share our own, Yarimar Bonilla's recent writings and interviews on Puerto Rico and the political, economic, and environmental situation on the island before and after Hurricane Maria.
We in the Small Axe Project are watching with deep concern and anguish the path of Hurricane Maria. The wreckage in human life and the destruction of the livelihoods of ordinary people that it is leaving behind in its wake is incalculable, perhaps irreparable. Our thoughts are with family, friends, and colleagues in the affected regions, especially those with whom we have not been able to make contact as a consequence of the widespread collapse of communication systems. Let us seek to support, wherever we can, however we can, those in most need.