Christopher Cozier (b.1959, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) is an artist, writer and curator living and working in Trinidad. The artist is recipient of a Prince Claus Award for 2013. His work has been featured at The Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Art and Design NY, Havana Biennial, Biennial de Cuenca, Ecuador, Trienal Poli/Gráca de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe, TATE Liverpool, among others.. He was a member of the editorial collective of Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism and an editorial adviser to BOMB Magazine for their Americas issues. He is co-director of Alice Yard, a 10-year old arts space in Port-of-Spain which organizes exhibitions, artists’ residences, cultural dialogue and exchanges.
Cozier’s work will be featured alongside the work of UC Berkeley Professor of Art Practice Allan deSouza in the upcoming exhibit ‘Where Is Here’ curated by Jaqueline Frances and Kathy Zarur at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD) which runs from Oct. 26, 2016-Apr. 2, 2017. This exhibition presents the works of ten (10) contemporary artists from across the globe, who are developing personal and engaged visual and musical systems to claim, make, and describe space.
Cozier will discuss the potentially free/play spaces that Caribbean artists are constantly imagining, constructing, and navigating, including in his own creative practice and at Alice Yard. Cozier will also discuss how the established idea of the Caribbean— as a viable action, as a site of exchange, an owned product or territory traded between various beneciaries, internal and external, persists. Caribbean artists have made the production of these “in-between territories” the underlying logic of “being here,” wherever that may be.