The Caribbean Development Bank and the Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF) has selected a proposal from Animae Caribe for the hosting of the first edition of a regional Visual Arts Biennial that will take place in 2021 with a theme – STATELESSNESS. To execute this project, a collaborative approach has been taken between Animae Caribe from Trinidad and Tobago, I.C.E Caribbean from The Bahamas and Future in Nature Synergies Inc from Barbados. The private sector organization, Animae Caribe, is the Lead partner for the project.
This experimental, cutting edge approach highlights the transversal nature of the arts and creates an opportunity to discuss Visual Arts as it relates to the environment, art as therapy and gender-based violence among other areas. This first phase of “STATELESSNESS” proposes an online “Virtual” community that will create together across thematic, cultural, disciplinary and class boundaries with the resulting output of an online interactive exhibition, artist talks and workshops. It will also facilitate the growing trend in contemporary art as the Visual Arts intersects with science, technology and engineering. Climate migration has become a feature of Caribbean existence as natural disasters and the science of climate change impacts our shores. With the forced migration of people from their homes due to the global phenomenon of natural disasters, the world now faces an unprecedented experience of the century- life with and after COVID 19 which exacerbates the issue of Statelessness.
Under the theme “STATELESSNESS” emphasis will be on islands shaping their own story as not only victims of climate change, migration and the impacts of COVID- 19 but champions of climate leadership and community building. The Caribbean is working to shift its infrastructure and business processes to become more climate resilient and nations are fighting to find inclusive solutions to migration challenges that bring us face to face with statelessness. Visual Arts can play a key role in facilitating community engagement in developing creative solutions.
Gender equality is the foundation we must establish to right society’s leaning toward disharmony with each other and by extension the very space we all occupy. At Animae Caribe our goal is to challenge the preconditioned ideals of gender and make space within the creative industry to build a sustainable and fair system for all to prosper.
Within our brand, we bring attention to the possibilities for employment and income generation for young persons and provide proper training with a focus on equal opportunity regardless of gender assignment, perception or projection. With so many new opportunities in the technology field it is important that Animae Caribe highlights and gives access to all levels of society.