Saturday, July 11, 2009

The project team includes:

= Christopher Cozier, curator and online advisor
Artist and writer based in Trinidad. He has participated in a number of exhibitions focused on contemporary art in the Caribbean and internationally. Since 1989 he has published a range of essays on related issues in several catalogues and journals. He is on the editorial collective of Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, published and distributed by Duke University Press. Cozier has been an editorial adviser to BOMB magazine for their Americas issues (Winter 2003, 2004, and 2005). He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Academy of the University of Trinidad & Tobago (UTT) and was Artist-in-Residence at Dartmouth College during the fall of 2007.

= Thomas Meijer zu Schlochtern, curator
Independent curator based in the Netherlands. He works for the Centre for the Arts Rotterdam (CBK Rotterdam) and has worked for the Rotterdam Arts Council and the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; initiated and collaborated on many international projects and exhibitions, and organised guest residencies for Rotterdam-based artists in Berlin, Barcelona, and Istanbul. He was managing director of TENT.CBK and earlier of artists' club Arti & Amicitiae in Amsterdam, and was chairman of the committees of the Fonds BKVB (The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture) in Amsterdam.

= Marcel Pinas, curatorial advisor
Artist based in Suriname. His work, which has been shown in numerous international exhibitions, draws on the history and culture of the Surinamese Ndjuka community, of which he is a member. He has created several monuments and memorial sculptures and installations for public locations in Suriname, and is working to establish an arts and culture centre at Moengo in the Marowijne district. For the Paramaribo SPAN project, Pinas is advising and mentoring a group of younger artists based in Suriname.

= Chandra van Binnendijk, contributing writer
Writer based in Suriname. She has been a journalist at various newspapers and radio stations in Suriname, and a correspondent for several Caribbean media houses. She was an editor of the weekly literature page for De Ware Tijd, and has been involved as co-author with a number of publications about the visual arts of Suriname. She is also a writer, producer, and co-director of local documentaries, and does research and production for film projects by international directors.

= Marieke Visser, contributing writer
Writer based in Suriname. She is the co-founder (with Karin Lachmising) of the creative communications company Tabiki Productions, and through her own press agency, Swamp Fish Press, she writes about art and culture. Born in the Netherlands, Visser as a child lived in Saudi Arabia, Burundi, Thailand, and Suriname. She returned to Suriname in 1993. The theme of her literary work is the quest for identity, a quest that makes her feel at home in Suriname, where people are struggling with the same questions as she is.

= Ann Hermelijn, project coordinator
Event management professional based in Suriname. Under the name Aco Multi Services she develops and produces art, culture, and tourism projects. At present she is the project manager for SURIFESTA, Suriname’s End of the Year Festivities, and the Suriname Jazz Festival.

= Nicholas Laughlin, blog editor
Writer and editor based in Trinidad. He is the editor of The Caribbean Review of Books, and has also edited a collection of essays by C.L.R. James (Letters from London, 2003) and a revised, expanded edition of V.S. Naipaul's early family correspondence (Letters Between a Father and Son, 2009). He edited the online archive for the 2006 Galvanize contemporary arts project in Port of Spain, Trinidad. He writes frequently about Caribbean literature and art, and is working on a book about Guyana, part travel narrative, part cultural history.