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Colonial Caribbean Visual Cultures through Contemporary Eyes (Arts Weeks 2021)

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Artist Joscelyn Gardner and curator Temi Odoumosu consider the afterlives of colonial Caribbean visual culture.

What ways of seeing do we use when looking back to the colonial Caribbean? This event brings together the Caribbean artist, Joscelyn Gardner and the art historian and curator Temi Odoumosu to discuss their shared interest in the afterlives of colonial Caribbean visual culture and its power to expand our understanding of British and Caribbean history. Both have mined the colonial archive – Gardner in her printmaking practice and Odumosu in her exhibitions and scholarship around Africans in English caricature from the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century. 
 
Joscelyn Gardner is a Caribbean/Canadian visual artist working primarily with printmaking and multimedia installation. Her contemporary practice probes colonial material culture found in British/Caribbean archives in order to explore her (white) Creole identity from a postcolonial feminist perspective. Born in Barbados to a family that has been resident on the island since the 17th century, she spent her early childhood in West Africa, South America, and the Caribbean, later receiving her secondary education at Queen's College in Barbados (1980 Barbados Scholar).  
 
Temi Odumosu is an art historian with an active collaborative curatorial practice. Her research and curating are concerned with colonial archives/archiving, slavery and visuality, ethics of care-in-representation, postmemorial art and performance, and more broadly exploring how art mediates social transformation and healing. She has a PhD in art history from the University of Cambridge, and her first monograph was published in 2017: Africans in English Caricature 1769-1819: Black Jokes, White Humour

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