Group Exhibition: "My Islands Do Not Make a Nation", Casa de Las Americas, Cuba


The 2017 Casa de las Américas colloquium is entitled "Memory and Border Conflicts," and will be held from the 22 to the 26 of May, 2017 in Havana, Cuba. This event will include the first major group exhibition of Virgin Islands artists outside of the territory in 10 years.  The theme of the colloquium highlights the following three historical events: the centenaries of the transfer of the Danish West Indies from Denmark to the United States and the implementation of the Jones Act by the U.S. Congress granting US citizenship to Puerto Ricans, and the eightieth anniversary of the massacre on the Haitian-Dominican border.

The Gri Gri Project exhibition is entitled “My Islands Do Not Make a Nation.” The exhibition’s name is borrowed from St. Thomian writer Tiphanie Yanique’s poem, “Last Yanique Nation” published in her 2015 collection Wife. The following artists have been chosen to exhibit: Shansi Miller, LaVaughn Belle, Jon Euwema, David Berg, Janet Cook-Rutnik, Sigi Torinus and Cooper Penn. Penn will also perform as a Mocko Jumbie.