Caribbean Culture

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We Can’t Wait for Anyone to Tell Our Stories: Angie Cruz Interviewed by Andrea Thome
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The writer on her new novel, how Dominicans have shaped New York City’s culture, and creating artistic spaces that are truly liberating.

Black Passages: Curtis Talwst Santiago Interviewed by Ayasha Guerin
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Layering histories and identity.

Reanimating History: Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom by Monica Uszerowicz
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Summoning the spirits.

Watching Caribbean Cinema by Monica Uszerowicz
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Islands of stories.

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz by Jeanine Oleson
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Concerned primarily with Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, where she lives and works, her works defy categorization or any simple read. Rather, they are rich entanglements of place, history, and time.

Steve McQueen’s Ashes by Claire Barliant
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Life and death juxtaposed

Nari Ward by Lee Jaffe
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Ward’s Jamaican roots and home in Harlem have been recurring themes in his numerous installations. He speaks with Jaffe about three key works.

Deana Lawson & Henry Taylor
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Amid recollections of a joint trip to Haiti, photographer Deana Lawson and painter Henry Taylor parse the art of portraiture in each of their different mediums.

Sight? Seen. by Ryan Sheldon
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Ryan Sheldon discusses the eclectic range of reggae films presented in BAMcinématek’s Do the Reggae series.

Art in (North) America by Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen & Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich
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Artists Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich and Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen unpack the politics of the creative process.

How to Escape from the Postcolonial by Jack Palmer
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The stories of Tiphanie Yanique’s debut collection How To Escape From A Leper Colony hold no fear. Centered on life in the US Virgin Islands, they seem ready for the generic lexicon of lazy reviewers. BOMBlog’s intrepid Jack Palmer spoke with Yanique about the fallacy of that vocabulary and the lessons available in literature.

How to Escape from a Leper Colony by Jaime Manrique
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The crucible of the Caribbean islands, where Christians, Hindus, Muslims, and Jews coexist, is the primary setting of Tiphanie Yanique’s triumphant debut collection. 

Junot Díaz by Edwidge Danticat
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If Marvel Comics had gotten around to it, Oscar Wao would have been a hero. As it is, Junot Díaz stepped in and made him one first.

Lydia Cabrera’s Afro-Cuban Tales by Jaime Manrique

The stories the Cuban writer and ethnographer Lydia Cabrera collected in the legendary Afro-Cuban Tales take place “back in the days when animals could speak, when they were all good friends and when men and animals got along fine.”

Haitian Sequin Artists by Nancy Josephson
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Where sacred slams into secular, you’ll find the sequined banners of Haiti.

The Stone the Builder Refused by Madison Smartt Bell
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The Practice + Theory series is sponsored in part by the Frances Dittmer Family Foundation.

Vladimir Cybil by Jerry Philogene
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Born in Haiti and raised in the US, Vladimir Cybil juxtaposes culturally specific symbols and techniques to carve out an interstitial space. Scholar Jerry Philogene talks with Cybil about the visual bilingualism in her paintings and installations.

Damas “Fanfan” Louis by Michael Zwack
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Damas “Fanfan” Louis is both master drummer and houngan asogwe, high priest of Vodou. The painter Michael Zwack, caught up with him in New York to discuss Haitian rhythms and Fanfan’s involvement in a cultural center for dance, drums and Vodou.

Peniel Guerrier by Yvonne Daniel
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Haitian choreographer and drummer Peniel Guerrier was trained in traditional Haitian and African movement, and his choreographies acknowledge each tradition’s rhythms and rituals while fusing them in unexpected ways.

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