Join us for a lecture by guest artist Vladimir Cybil Charlier! Her work engages the complex cultural dynamics linking the Caribbean and the United States and how these are manifested within the physical space her art practice inhabits. Born in New York City of Haitian parents, Cybil attended school in Haiti spending her summers in New York, a ‘reverse’ immigration trip that still continually informs her practice.
One of her current series, Pantéon, when the Saints Go Marching! conflates archetypes of Afro-Caribbean deities with present-day Pan-African icons like Bob Marley, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Frida Kahlo. These mixed-media drapos (hanging textiles) allow Cybil to ignite a conversation about how we form identity, and how the Afro-diaspora developed a visual lexicon as a mean of adapting to unfamiliar and unforgiving conditions. They also ask the viewer to reflect on how these diasporic practices contrast with our contemporary tendency toward appropriation. (From fountainheadarts.org)
Cybil has been a resident at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and has been featured in the Venice Biennale and in exhibitions at El Museo del Barrio and the Bronx Museum. She is based in New York.
After the artist lecture, join us in 315 Bond Hall to view her work and other Day of the Dead festivities.
Her art work will be on exhibit at the Institute for Latino Studies' Galería América @ ND beginning October 20 – December 22, 2022.
Originally published at latinostudies.nd.edu.