Leah Gordon | Alternative Strategies in the Caribbean

Leah Gordon | Alternative Strategies in the Caribbean
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public

Leah Gordon and Andre Eugene, recipients of the 2015 Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean, will present on their research trips to the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago. Gordon and Eugene focused their research on regional models of artists’ self-organization, alternative strategies of community organization, and alternative residency projects within the Caribbean region, in relation their own project, the Ghetto Biennale.

During the course of their trip in the Dominican Republic, Leah Gordon and Andre Eugene interviewed a number of artists and curators, and visited the Davidoff Initiative, the Museum La Altagracia, the Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes, and Casa Quien Gallery, among other spaces. Read the full journal HERE. For this talk at the Curatorial Hub, Gordon will speak about her experiences in the DR and Trinidad, and how these research trips have impacted her thinking about the Caribbean region and her practice at large.

This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with LEAH in the subject line.

Thank you to The Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros for their generous support of this fellowship. CPPC works to increase the understanding and awareness of Latin America’s contributions to the history of art and ideas, and to support innovation, education, and research in the field of Latin American art.

January 26, 2016

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Leah Gordon

Leah Gordon is a multi-media artist who curates, collects, researches, writes, educates and directs. She works across a variety of media including photography, film and installations, often including commissioned sculpture and painting. In the 1980’s she wrote lyrics, sang and played for the feminist folk punk band, ‘The Doonicans’. Leah makes work on Modernism and architecture; the slave trade and industrialisation; and grassroots religious, class and folk histories. Gordon’s film and photographic work has been exhibited internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Dak’art Biennale; the National Portrait Gallery, UK; Parc de la Villette, Paris and NSU Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. Her photography book ‘Kanaval: Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti’ was published in June 2010. She is the co-director of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; was a curator for the Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale; was the co-curator of ‘Kafou: Haiti, History & Art’ at Nottingham Contemporary, UK; on the curatorial team for ‘In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art’ at the Fowler Museum, UCLA and in 2018 was the co-curator, with Edouard Duval-Carrie, for PÒTOPRENS: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince. In 2015 Leah Gordon was the recipient of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean.

Andre Eugene

André Eugène (Haiti) is an artist and founding member of the artists collective: Atis Rezistans, and a broader movement known as the Sculptors of Grand Rue. In 2006 Andre Eugène contributed to a large-scale collective sculptural work, which is a permanent exhibit at the International Museum of Slavery in Liverpool. His work has been shown at the Muesum of Ethnography, Geneva; at the Parc de la Villette, Paris; the Fowler Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles; Nottingham Contemporary, UK and at the Grand Palais, Paris. His work was included in the Haitian Pavillion at the 54th Venice Biennale. Andre Eugène is the co-director of the Ghetto Biennale, which has been held in Port-au-Prince since 2009.

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