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On an Island

On an Island

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
Sept. 2 through Sept. 23, 2020

Artist’s talk (Zoom), 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2020
Corley Auditorium, Webster hall

Gallery reception from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020
MSSU Spiva Art Gallery

Admission: free

Nadia Huggins(photo by Kate Elliot)

There are many misconceptions of the Caribbean, due to the single-minded agenda of the tourism market which many islands depend on. The photographs in this exhibition will show a gamut of life from land to sea and how the natural environment influences some of the sociopolitical and cultural dynamics of an island. While each Caribbean country is diverse and varies in its own way, there is a commonality shared with their natural landscapes. The artist uses St. Vincent & the Grenadines as a case study to explore these ideas as she moves between the lush terrestrial interior of the island, to the depth of the sea which separates and connects the region. This is discussed in her TEDx Port of Spain talk titled “What’s Beyond the Boundary of the Shoreline."   

Nadia Huggins is a visual artist from the Caribbean who works primarily with photography. Her work merges documentary and conceptual practices to explore identity, memory and belonging through the landscape and the sea. Her work has been exhibited in Human stories: Circa no future, Now Gallery, London;  Relational Undercurrents, Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, California/New York/Maine/Florida; A Love Ethic, Wedge Curatorial Projects, Toronto; Addis Foto Fest 2018, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; The Jamaica Biennial 2017, Kingston, Jamaica; Couleurs Pays, Photaumnales Festival 2017, Beauvais, France; and Caribbean Queer Visualities, Belfast/Glasgow, United Kingdom. She is the co-founder of ARC Magazine and One Drop in the Ocean – an initiative that aims to raise awareness about marine debris. Huggins currently lives and works in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

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