Davin Ebanks and Kaitlyne Elphinstone will represent Cayman at a multi-national Caribbean exhibit that opens during Miami’s Art Week. The “Pop-Up” exhibition has been curated by Rachael Barrett, the Founder of _space caribbean, a Caribbean-based NGO that advocates for advancement in arts education and culture as a tool for socio-economic growth.
*V.S. Naipaul’s novel—A House for Mr. Biswas—introduced a post-colonial, pre-independence Trinidad to the world, with vivid cast of characters whose frustrations, alienations, identity crises, longing, displacement, social adjustment, new conscious, dependence and otherness are as relevant in 2016 as there were in 1961.
Today’s Caribbean is still a place of contrasts. The young are increasingly global in their consumption and outlook as international borders (despite remaining rigid in physical practice) are increasingly invisible in the digital landscape.
Splitting time across borders has become especially typical of—and almost an essential means of survival for—academics, writers and artists. But the sense of displacement that this once cause for Naipaul’s generation has diminished somewhat. Being abroad does not have to limit one’s engagement with th local community or infringe on the sense of identity as it did before. Just as those who return are not necessarily immediately seen as bringing new information and ideas that were out of reach.