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March 29 2010

Suriname: Art as a Beacon

At Paramaribo SPAN, Nicholas Laughlin blogs about artist Sri Irodikromo’s “monumentally scaled batik panel”, which, on the night of SPAN's recent exhibition opening, “served as a beacon, drawing visitors to the far end of the DSB Bank garden”. He suggests that the piece “might also be seen as another kind of beacon, drawing our attention to a mental space where cultural and spiritual traditions meet and negotiate.”

March 24 2010

Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname: Alice Bangi

A big bench for liming? Trinidad's Alice Yard gets its own piece of traditional Surinamese outdoor furniture.

March 09 2010

Suriname: Chocolate Art

Paramaribo SPAN highlights the work of artist Ellen Ligteringen, whose “project involves an installation of objects and an element of public performance, but it is also a process of investigation.”

March 03 2010

Trinidad & Tobago: Going to Town

Online literary magazine Town has just published its third issue: Trinidadian bloggers Nicholas Laughlin and Pleasure comment.

February 24 2010

February 11 2010

Suriname: Going Classical

“Displays of architectural components — balustrades, window-frames, garden bird-baths — are not an uncommon sight on the outskirts of many Caribbean cities” - but, reports Nicholas Laughlin for Paramaribo SPAN, “the array of concrete columns and reproduction statuary…on the outskirts of Paramaribo is particularly impressive.”

February 05 2010

February 04 2010

Suriname: Tattoo You

At Paramaribo SPAN, Chris Cozier considers the work of a tattoo artist “using skin as another canvas”, which “coincides with the painted decorations on Paramaribo minibuses, reaching out to a larger contemporary public and extending the dialogue about visual production.”

January 05 2010

Suriname: Ferrier Dies at 99

Repeating Islands acknowledges the passing of Suriname's first President.

December 31 2009

Caribbean: 2009 Regional Roundup

As Global Voices celebrates its fifth anniversary, the occasion has given us all an opportunity to reflect on why we do what we do and how our work makes a difference.  As my colleague Jillian York so succinctly put it, “We spread stories.  We spread words.”  We manage to do that effectively because of the many people who are so committed to making this project everything it is and more.  Some of those wonderful people are on the Caribbean team, and in the spirit of reflection, we're taking a look back at some of the most interesting/important/eye-opening regional posts of 2009…

Protest
This was a year for social movements, it seemed.  From expressing solidarity with the people of Gaza who suffered through the bombings to speaking up for themselves “against all sorts of abuses”, Guadeloupe and the French Overseas Territories put their stamp on the regional blogosphere.  Haitian bloggers were also very outspoken on the political front, while Puerto Rico and Bermuda had protests of their own.

The Economy
The global financial crisis certainly had an impact on the Caribbean.  Bloggers from Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, and the rest of the region were abuzz with tales of financial governance gone awry.  Bloggers also had a lot to say about the economic ramifications of the 5th Summit of the Americas, held earlier this year in Trinidad and Tobago.

Health
The biggest health story of the year was, without a doubt, the H1N1 outbreak.

Crime and Punishment
Several Caribbean territories had their bone to pick with the law this year: Guadeloupe, Barbados, and in a particularly heart-wrenching story, GuyanaViolent crime rates also seemed to be on the rise in several islands - including domestic abuse and gender violence - and many West Indian bloggers used Barbadian pop star Rihanna's unfortunate incident with then-boyfriend Chris Brown to send a message about the issue.

Freedom
Press freedom (or lack thereof) was a popular topic for regional discussion once again this year, as was censorship and freedom of expression. The story that perhaps best demonstrated the dangers of self expression in some parts of the region was the seizure of Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez (along with two colleagues) as they made their way to an anti-violence march in Havana.

The Environment
In honour of Blog Action Day 2009, Cariabbean bloggers added their voices to the global discussion on climate change, while over in Guadeloupe, water availability was on everyone's mind.

Sport

The IAAF World Championships brought joy and celebration to regional sports fans, thanks to the outstanding performances of Jamaica's Usain Bolt and other Caribbean athletes.

There were, of course, other fascinating stories that we covered: the ban on explicit music in Jamaica, Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott's withdrawal from the race for the coveted position of Oxford Professor of Poetry, Haiti's touching farewell to the late Fr. Jean-Juste.  We tracked the path of the Caribs, built online art networks,  and attended Cuba's Concert for Peace. And we can't wait to see what 2010 will have in store.  Happy New Year! 

November 27 2009

Suriname: Seamlessness

“There is a way that Caribbean music or musical interests create a seamlessness between locations”: Blogging at Paramaribo SPAN, Chris Cozier ruminates on seamless spaces created by sound.

November 17 2009

Suriname: Welcome to the Jungle

For Paramaribo SPAN, Christopher Cozier visits artist Daniel Djojoatmo, whose work “discuss[es] the predicament of certain narratives of development which are, at their inception, ill-fated and at the disposal of the jungle.”

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