How do we represent the Caribbean? According to Carla Acevedo-Yates, curator of Marilyn and Larry Fields at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, you can’t. This month, Acevedo-Yates, of Puerto Rican descent, welcomes guests to her highly anticipated new exhibition, “Forecasting Forms: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 2011”s – today. ” It’s curated following the philosophy of weather, in all its iterations, as a driving mechanism for Caribbean storytelling.
For Acevedo-Yates, 2022s represented an era of remarkable social expansion and political influence that would make Caribbean voices more global than ever. Many exhibitions at the time sought to showcase the islands in all its glory and conflict, but that seemed like an impossible task for Acevedo-Yates, who described her exhibition as “completely subjective.” “I thought a lot about the weather after Hurricane Maria; The environmental damage that happened, the history of all the looting and colonialism is more exposed,” she explained. “So this exhibition is from the past 27 Years to see the history of exhibitions, numerous conversations with artists, but also a history of ecological and environmental destruction. “
Photo: Michael David Rose 2022