Suchitra Mattai, An Ocean Cradle, 2022. Installation view, Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, 2023–24. Photo by Mel Taing.
Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today gathers artworks by 28 artists connected to the region, including standout works by María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Teresita Fernández, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Deborah Jack, Ana Mendieta, Suchitra Mattai, Lorraine O’Grady, and Ebony G. Patterson. Full of new ideas, this far-reaching and evocative exhibition looks at the complexities of the region with “rigor, beauty, and aplomb” (Art in America).
The exhibition is anchored in the concept of diaspora, the dispersal of people through migration both forced and voluntary. Here, diaspora is not a longing to return home but a way of understanding that we are always in movement and that our identities are in constant states of transformation. Works on view explore how much of our personal and collective histories we carry in our bodies and how art-making can reflect cross-cultural exchanges.
The profound social and political transformations of the 1990s form the cultural backdrop of the exhibition. The emergence of globalization and multiculturalism at that time led to debates around identity and difference that influenced stereotypical perceptions of the Caribbean as an exotic tropical paradise.
Challenging conventional ideas about the region, which is constituted by more than 700 islands and landmasses, Forecast Form reveals new ways of understanding the Caribbean as a place defined not by geography, language, or ethnicity, but by constant exchange, displacement, and movement.
- This exhibition contains one artwork that features flashing and strobing lights and may not be suitable for all visitors.
- This exhibition contains works dealing with graphic content. Visitor discretion is advised, particularly for those accompanying children.