Arrested transmission: from periphery to center

Wainwright, Leon (2012). Arrested transmission: from periphery to center. Art Papers Magazine, 36(6) pp. 44–49.


The New York-based shows this summer focusing on the Caribbean have gestured to a region whose art is firmly part of an expanding interest in the African diaspora.' They follow a pattern over recent years of new blood coming to the United States from the Caribbean; a migration of sorts which artists from all over the region are scrambling to enjoin. The typical path of entry is for an individual artist, or more likely a freshly formed collective, to stake almost everything on the digital formats that are needed to float their work online. Of course it's a mode of promotion that's not unique to the Caribbean: self-marketing through the web is the contemporary default for creativity the world over.

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