Join artist Alvaro Barrington and publisher Elizabeth Karp-Evans in a conversation about his new publication Garvey. Referencing Jamaican-born political activist, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur Marcus Garvey and Word Up! magazine in equal parts, Garvey explores Barrington’s relationship to London, New York and the Caribbean, with contributions from these communities.
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Alvaro Barrington (b. 1983 Caracas, Venezuela). Born to Grenadian and Haitian parents and raised between the Caribbean and New York, Barrington’s practice explores interconnected histories of cultural production. His series “Garvey” examines the cultural exchanges of early 20th century London and the Harlem Renaissance— both sites of large-scale migration from the Caribbean at the height of Modernism – and their ongoing influence on artistic output and notions of self-hood, sexuality, the soul, identity, nurture, nationality, punishment and death. Considering himself primarily a painter, Barrington’s multimedia approach to image-making employs burlap, textiles, postcards and clothing, exploring how materials themselves can function as visual tools while referencing their personal, political and commercial histories.
Elizabeth Karp-Evans (b. 1986, Salem, Oregon) explores a multidisciplinary practice of writing, editing, design, and art making. Her work addresses questions of personal history, built environments, community, and memory. She is co-founder of the publishing and design studio Pacific. Her writing has been published in Black Refractions: The Studio Museum in Harlem (2019) as well as in Cultured, Talk Magazine, and Guernica, where she previously held the position of Interviews Editor. She was the editor-in-chief for The Studio Museum in Harlem’s biannual magazine Studio from 2016–18 and was selected to speak at the 2018 National Museum Publishing Seminar. Elizabeth lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.