My essay, "'Put your hand in the air': Caribbean Cultural Contradictions in Christopher Cozier's The Arrest" was published in a recent issue of Transition. The journal, based at Harvard University, covers a wide variety of topics related to African diasporas. In this issue, I wrote about Trinidad-based artist, Christopher Cozier, and his installation piece entitled, The Arrest, in Miami Beach in 2013. The installation is a series of 24 light boxes featuring images transferred from sketchbook drawings. Through the visual elements of disjointed bodies, layering and abstracting of text, and references to history and popular culture, The Arrest replicates the complicated and contradictory concerns around who controls representation and meaning. Is it politicians? Musicians? Visual artists? Businesspeople? How do these interrelated concerns affect one another and the representation of Caribbean life both inwardly and to the broader world?
Read the entire article here.