ARC Magazine is a non-profit publication that was launched in January of 2011 and attempts to fill a certain void by offering a critical platform for visual artists to present their work while fostering and developing critical dialogues and opportunities for crucial points of exchange. It is an online social space of interaction with a developed methodology of sharing information about contemporary practices, exhibitions, partnerships, and opportunities that are occurring in the Caribbean region and throughout its Diaspora.
ARC is dedicated to showcasing artwork that encapsulates a pan-Caribbean focus while highlighting the lack of boundaries that now exist in the midst of the Internet and post information age. We are interested in promoting and underlining the current regional focus on sustainability for creative industries while engaging with a specified target audience, mostly comprised of youth from the developing states.
ARC is an important developing brand that brings together the visual discourses that are occurring currently in the Caribbean on a daily basis. New technologies are changing the material production and diffusion of images and what we are interested in at ARC is the fact that we are all now plugged in and interacting with an oversaturated image and information field. By opening this field of discourse we are hoping to expand the context of creative productions while motivating the younger generation in ways previously unrecognized and untapped.
ARC Magazine is shifting the way things are done amongst contemporary creative individuals and institutions in the region. It is a progressive paradigm that attempts to identify new methodologies and networks. This type of social and virtual activism is at the core of what we do, we want to be able to give each youth the possibility to connect with each other, works that are being generated and emerging fields that are unknown.
ARC Magazine is a non-profit bi-annual, independent visual arts magazine made possible by the subscription and support of its readers. ARC is a projected motion that ascends, moves outward and beyond into a space of curiosity.
To showcase artwork that encapsulates a pan-Caribbean focus, also paying respect to meta-archipelago lack of boundaries and center. We aim to connect artists in the diaspora, with artists practicing in the region and continental Caribbean.
Offers a portal where grassroots, independent, academic and social artistic groups share interests, practices and principles, while privileging the collective processes.
To promote the disruption of Borders; geographical, economic and symbolic.
To stimulate sharing and creativity by providing an outlet for self-expression and uniqueness.
Encourages the sustenance of our intangible and tangible heritages while building a deeper understanding of the value and need for artists’ works.
To build awareness, creating dialogues and opportunities that expand creative culture.
Embraces diversity and plurality of individuals and perspectives regardless of age, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, and sex or gender identity.
Engages with literary and visual arts in a way that reflects the power and dynamic of both traditions.
The 6th volume of ARC Magazine brings together a mélange of artists, scholars and writers in collaboration exploring and experimenting with formal and preconceived elements of beauty, alchemy, aesthetics, nationhood, independence, and burdens of representations. Featured artists and writers from Haiti, Guyana, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Cuba, The Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Chile, France, St. Kitts and Nevis, Aruba, Suriname, The Netherlands, The United States, and Australia, interrogate and expand on a variety of media, including photography, sculpture, painting, illustration, new media, drawing, performance, and mixed media.
Trinidadian artist and scholar Dr. Andil Gosine intervenes with Shastri Maharaj's practice. Gosine traverses the traditional surface of Maharaj’s work to resolve the reconstitution of memory and identity that reimagines Indianness in its relationship to the creolite. Martinican writer Suzanne Lampla explores the growing exploration of artists conquering the streets to present social, political and multicultural concerns. Through the works of Thierry Alet, Alfredo Jaar and Claude Cauquil, Lampla analyses the use of the street as an unlimited source of inspiration, offering artists another way to communicate with the world while emphasizing the importance of tradition and truth.
Educator and writer Janice Cheddie investigates the formal works of Sasha Huber who investigates familial and historical bonds with Haiti while confronting sites of colonization and belonging. Huber claims a space and the right to construct narratives that challenge and question historical assumptions. Her self-representation suggests a renaming and unveiling, one which positions creolized subjects as an important constituent of history. Anne Errey eulogizes Jamaican sculptor Laura Facey’s ‘Radiant Combs’ in a beguiling essay, which seeks to explore the metaphysical and spiritual awakening of the prolific artist. In this space of quietude and reflection, alchemy, healing and acceptance are assimilated in a series of large-scale works that interact with the rolling mountains, deep in the recesses of Jamaica.
A collaborative project conceived by Guadeloupean artist Audry Liseron-Monfils and French writer Frédérique Blaize reveals a mind map that traverses the mental scape of the artist as he broods self consciously, philosophically and contradictory in verse. Liseron-Monfils’ pauses, tenses and creations articulate his process, which relies heavily on deep introspection, the mapping reveals a powerful mining constructed around literature, philosophy and art. What may be ARC’s most ambitious study to date occurs when critic and educator Dr. Erica M. James, deconstructs the work Bahamian artist Blue Curry. Working with tropes that are stereotypically exotic, Curry’s installations and objects border on the elusive and are defiant of categorization, as they examine wholeness, material and meaning.
Guyanese/UK photographer, Roshini Kempadoo collaborates with Marta Fernandez Campa to produce an exchange that highlights the artist’s interrogations on the politics of representation. Kempadoo’s practice critiques historical representations of the black body; by embracing digital advancements and technologies the artist develops work that speaks to the archive’s importance in the creation of a multi vocal and perspectival exploration of cultural and socio-political ruptures in the United Kingdom. While, curator of El Museo del Barrio, Rocio Aranda-Alvarado’s comprehensive study of The Body in Caribbean Art details the work of Albert Chong, Janine Antoni, Elia Alba, Renée Cox and Ana Mendieta. This contemporary overview engages with the way the body is studied, analyzed and referenced as deeply a political and referential site for many prominent contemporary artists in the diaspora. Continuing our engagement with institutions across the region, we present the graduating work of 6 students from the College of The Bahamas in a portfolio coordinated by educator and contemporary artist Heino Schmid.
Issue 6 features the work of Audry Liseron-Monfils, Sasha Huber, Alfredo Jaar, Thierry Alet, Claude Cauquil, Ana Mendieta, Renée Cox, Albert Chong, Janine Antoni, Elia Alba, Blue Curry, Michael Spears, Stacey Tyrell, Steven Schmid, Gabriel Ramos, Shastri Maharaj, Roshini Kempadoo, Wendy Nanan, JB Barret, Ryan Oduber, Manuel Mathieu, Patricia Kaersenhout, Olivia McGilchrist, Andy Robert, Laura Facey, Nancy Hoffmann, Cydne Coleby, Christina Darville, Giovanna Swaby, Tyler Miller, Veronica Dorsett, Yutavia George, Alyson Holder and Mickael Caruge. Writing by: Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, Andre Bagoo, Frédérique Blaize, Dominique Brebion, Marta Fernandez Campa, Janice Cheddie, Andil Gosine, Anne Errey, Rob Perrée, Mandisa Pantin, Dr. Erica M. James, Suzanne Lampla and Heino Schmid.
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