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ARRIVANTS Opening at Barbados Museum & Historical Society

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ARRIVANTS Opening at Barbados Museum & Historical Society

Natalie Willis

An Art exhibition opening at 6pm on Thursday, 8 November at the Barbados Museum & Historical Society.

Taking its title and its focus on “the journey” from Kamau Brathwaite’s The Arrivants trilogy, to which we also pay tribute, this exhibition explores the diasporic nature of Caribbean society as documented and interrogated through its artistic production. The focus is on the Anglophone Caribbean at different points in time from the mid twentieth century to the present day and on the cultural impact of migration from and to the United Kingdom, North America and Europe, as well as the movements within the Caribbean and Central American region.


In doing so, we also consider the earlier histories of forced and voluntary migration that have shaped the Caribbean as we know it today, and the manner in which these have  the identities and experiences of Caribbeans today, whether they are themselves migrants or not. Most of all, we focus on the social and cultural impacts of these migratory movements, their political significance, the histories of defiance and resistance, and their implications for individual and collective identities.


The present exhibition consists of a series of interventions at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, with work by Ewan Atkinson, James Boodhoo, Karl Broodhagen, Ras Ishi Butcher, Eddie Chambers, Paul Dash, Stanley Greaves, Francis Griffith, Caroline Holder,  Nadia Huggins, Leasho Johnson, Marianne Keating, Winston Kellman, Kelley-Ann Lindo, Hew Locke, Phillip Moore, Kishan Munroe, Lynn Parrotti, Keith Piper, Sana Sheena Rose, Veronica Ryan, Simon Tatum, Aubrey Williams, Golde White and Cosmo Whyte.

So come on out!  We hope to see you then.

See more on the exhibition on the Arrivants blog here.