Christopher Cozier My work aims to transform conventional readings of where I am from...enlisting mundane objects.

Artwork

HOME/PORTAL, Bogota 2017
HOME/PORTAL, Bogota 2017
HOME/PORTAL, 2017.
Artist carrying PORTAL. Photo by Christopher Cozier, Bogota 2017
Dem things does bite too? [detail] 2015.
Dem things does bite too? [detail] 2015.
Ink on paper.
Dem things does bite too? 2015.
Dem things does bite too? 2015.
Dem things does bite too, Christopher Cozier
Ink on paper. Part of the Entanglements series 2014 ongoing.
Gas Men, 2014.
Gas Men, 2014.
Christopher Cozier, Gas Men, Video
Videostill. Investigaes environmental and sociopolitical challenges presented by commercial expansion and

Artistic Statement

 

My work aims to transform conventional readings of where I am from - or about what I am supposed to be concerned. How do my experiences coming from a place like the Caribbean, and now, moving through others, shape how I see the world?

Investigating the relationship between the contemporary and historical conditions, I often enlist mundane everyday objects, along the way, seeking to transform them into signs/vocabularies to generate dialogues across, geographies, histories and contemporary experiences.
From my on-going personal notebook drawings - making notes or taking note - I develop public actions trying to figure diverse ways of making and conveying work or of creating an experience or an awareness.

 

Bio - CV

Photo: Mark Lyndersay

Christopher Cozier (b.1959, Trinidad & Tobago) is a writer, curator, and an artist who works cross mediums—notably drawing, printmaking, video, and installation. He lives and works in Trinidad where he is a co-coordinator of Alice Yard, a space for creative experiment, collaboration, and improvisation.  Recipient of a Prince Claus Award, in 2013, Cozier was a Senior Research Fellow at the Academy of The University of Trinidad & Tobago (2006-2010) and a key contributor (1998-2010) to the seminal Caribbean journal of art criticism, Small Axe.

Co-curatorial projects include Paramaribo Span (Suriname, 2010), Wrestling With The Image: Caribbean Interventions at the Art Museum of the Americas (USA, 2011). Cozier was a curatorial advisor to SITE Santa Fe in 2014, and the “Out of Place” project at Alice Yard (2016 – ongoing). He was part of the selection panel for the Kingston Biennial (Jamaica, 2017). Cozier has shown works in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the Caribbean and internationally, and has published essays in journals and catalogues. Past exhibitions include Havana Biennials (Cuba, 1994 and 2000), Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art (USA, 2007) Biennial de Cuenca (Ecuador, 2009), Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic, TATE Liverpool (UK, 2010), The Global Africa Project, Museum of Art and Design NY (USA, 2010-11) and Being and Island (Inseldasein), DAAD, Berlin (2013). His most recent exhibitions include Where is Here MoAD, San Francisco (USA, 2016), Home /Portal – a conversation with ds4si and Intelligent Mischief – Boston/Kingston/Bogota, and Relational Undercurrents, at MOLAA (2017)
Francisco, (USA, 2016), Home /Portal— a conversation with ds4si and Intelligent Mischief— Boston/Kingston/Bogota, and in Relational Undercurrents, at MOLAA (2017.)