"Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art" presents a diverse, exciting selection of recent work in painting, installation, photography, prints, drawings, video, and sculpture by forty-five emerging and established Caribbean artists who live and work in the region as well as abroad. The title "Infinite Island", alluding to Columbus' voyages and the beginnings of colonialism, evokes the contradictions, complexities, and multiple perspectives that characterize the contemporary Caribbean and its presentation in art.The artists represented in this book reflect this fascinating hybrid culture and offer competing ideas about Caribbean identity in a variety of works done in the last six years in a wide range of media. Two introductory essays by contemporary-art historians survey the themes treated by the artists and offer insights into the different traditions and contemporary-art scenes in the region. The book contains 200 colour illustrations, including a colour plate section complemented by commentaries that place the individual works in the context of each artist's oeuvre. Artist biographies and a selected bibliography complete the volume.
Tumelo Mosaka is Assistant Curator for Contemporary Art and Exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.Annie Paul is Head of Publications at Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Research at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.Nicollette Ramirez is a Trinidadian writer, performer, and arts advocate based in New York.