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March 20: Set sail on a "Sea of Longing" with a lecture about Campos-Pons and Caribbean Art

Krista Thompson explores the role of the sea in the art of María Magdalena Campos-Pons and other contemporary Caribbean artists

When: Tuesday March 20 7:00 PM
Where: Indianapolis Museum of Art DeBoest Lecture Hall

In the Caribbean one could say that everything is connected by water, that many Caribbean people across separate islands share the experience of the sea. In striking contrast to the touristic notions of the Caribbean beach, for many contemporary Caribbean artists the sea occupies a space of ambivalence, a terrain of longing and foreboding, of inheritance and loss, of history and the end of the time, of movement and failed passage, of renewal and death, of connection and separation. Krista A. Thompson, assistant professor of African Diaspora Art at Northwestern University, will explore of how María Magdalena Campos-Pons and other contemporary Caribbean artists use the metaphor of the sea to explore their own complex personal, familial, national, and diasporic histories and futures. Krista Thompson's interests include postcolonial theory and visual culture, race and representation, the imaginative geography of the tropics, Caribbean art, African diaspora performance arts, and photography in Africa and the African diaspora. Her current research examines popular photographic practices in the Caribbean and Southern United States.


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