CCF Study Team
Veerle PoupeyeLead Researchercaribbeanculturefund@gmail.com
Veerle is a Belgian-Jamaican art historian, curator, critic and cultural consultant specialized in Caribbean art and visual culture. She was educated at the Universiteit Gent (BA and MA in Art History), and at Emory University (PhD in Art History and Cultural Studies). Her publications include Caribbean Art (1998), in Thames and Hudson’s World of Art series (of which the second, revised and expanded version is in publication for late 2021) and various book chapters and exhibition catalogue essays on Jamaican and Caribbean art and culture. She has also contributed to journals such as Small Axe, Jamaica Journal, Caribbean Quarterly, Raw Vision, Miami Rail, the Australia and New Zealand Journal of Art, and the New West Indian Guide, and she has a weekly art column in the Jamaica Monitor. She served as the Executive Director of the National Gallery of Jamaica from 2009 to 2018 and had previously worked there as a Curator. She lectures on Material Culture, Curatorial Studies, Art Criticism, and Aesthetics at the Edna Manley College in Kingston, Jamaica, where she lives. She is a member of the Technical and Scientific Committee of Le Centre d'Art.
Kishan MunroeAssociate Researchercaribbeanculturefund@gmail.com
Kishan Munroe is a Bahamian documentarian, researcher and interdisciplinary artist whose artistic practice comprises painting, drawing, photography, film, installation art and assemblages. Fortified by a framework of historical analysis he uses his constructs, documentary footage and visual commentary as catalysts for social consciousness of under-explored narratives. Munroe was educated at the Savannah College of Art and Design (BFA Painting and 3D Computer Generated Visual FX, 2003, and MFA Painting, 2006). He frequently engages in anthropological expeditions, investigating histories steeped in conflict, their sociopolitical contexts, and the interrogation of collective memory. His interdisciplinary projects include: Drifter-in-Residence, an exploratory oceanographic expedition; Crimson Measures, an examination of the relationship between the USSR and the Caribbean (Russia); Swan Song of the Flamingo, an investigation into the sinking of HMBS Flamingo (Cuba and The Bahamas); and The Universal Human Experience, an ongoing examination of the continuum of various conflicts and resolutions that have shaped contemporary cultures. Notable exhibitions include: Relational Undercurrents (2017-2019), USA; Arrivants: Art and Migration in the Anglophone Caribbean World (2018-2019), Barbados; and his solo exhibition Swan Song of the Flamingo (2013), National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. He is based in Nassau, Bahamas where he serves as Assistant Professor of Visual Art and Art Education at The University of The Bahamas.
Antwain ClarkeProject Assistantcaribbeanculturefund@gmail.com
Antwain Clarke holds a BSc in Urban and Regional Planning and is a self-taught Jamaican artist. His young career is an eclectic mix of art, business and other interests. Clarke was an organizing member of Kingston on the Edge (KOTE)- an urban arts festival based in Jamaica’s capital before taking up residence in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was represented by Moberg Gallery. Clarke gained acclaim for his highly detailed graphite pieces of varying scale that explore the folklore and nature of his Jamaican homeland. After returning to Jamaica in 2019, he worked in public office where he facilitated the Member of Parliament in Portland by providing strategy, governance and communications advice. Clarke has since started his own business specialising in aquascaping- the art and science of aquarium-keeping and underwater gardening.