Event | Discussion
Coral & Ash: A Symposium on the Work of Nadia Huggins - Hemispheric Institute
Artist Talk and Gallery Tour | 3:00pm — 4:30pm
An Artist Talk and Curator’s Gallery Tour with artist Nadia Huggins and curator Dantaé Elliott.
Symposium Roundtable | 6:30pm — 8:30pm
This symposium convenes distinguished artists, scholars, and critics around Coral & Ash, and Nadia Huggins' rich body of work. The discussion will engage Huggins’ work and her intervention in photography and visuality, documentary and conceptual art, Caribbean cultures, decolonization, climate catastrophe, and environmental imaginaries.
Christopher Cozier (b. 1959, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) is an artist and co-director of Alice Yard, a collective, which participated in documenta 15. He was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2004 and is a Prince Claus Award laureate, 2013. Through his notebook drawings to installations derived from recorded staged actions, Cozier investigates how Caribbean historical and current experiences can inform understandings of the wider contemporary world. Exhibitions include the 5th & 7th Havana Biennials, Infinite Island, The Brooklyn Museum (2007); Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic (2010), TATE Liverpool; Entanglements at the Broad Museum, Michigan (2015); Relational Undercurrents at MOLAA. L.A. (2017); and The Sea is History, Historiskmuseum, Oslo (2019). Cozier participated in the public program of 10th Berlin Biennial (2018), exhibited in the 14th Sharjah Biennial (2019), the 11th Liverpool Biennial (2021), Industrial Art Biennial, Croatia (2020), and currently in Más Allá, el Mar Canta (Beyond, the Sea Sings) at the Times Art Center, Berlin, as well as Fragments of Epic Memory at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Experiences of Oil at the Stavanger Museum, Norway.
Elizabeth DeLoughrey is a professor in the English Department and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA who teaches postcolonial and Indigenous literature courses on the environment, globalization, critical ocean studies, and the Anthropocene and climate change, with a focus on the Caribbean and Pacific Islands (Oceania). She is the author of Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Literatures (U of Hawai`i Press, 2007), and Allegories of the Anthropocene (Duke UP, 2019), which examines climate change and empire in the literary and visual arts. She is co-editor of the volumes Caribbean Literature and the Environment: Between Nature and Culture (Virginia UP, 2005); Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment (Oxford UP, 2011); and Global Ecologies and the Environmental Humanities: Postcolonial Approaches (Routledge, 2015) and of numerous journal issues on critical ocean, island and militarism studies. Her scholarship has been supported by institutions such as the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, Fulbright New Zealand, the Rachel Carson Center (LMU, Munich), the UC Humanities Research Institute, and the Cornell Society for the Humanities. Most recently she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2021-22).
Nicholas Mirzoeff is a visual activist working at the intersection of politics and global/digital visual culture. He is Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. His book, The Appearance of Black Lives Matter, was published as a free e-book by NAME Publications in 2017 and as a limited edition hard-cover in 2018. His book How To See The World was published by Pelican in the UK (2015) and by Basic Books in the US (2016). It has been translated into ten languages and was a New Scientist Top Ten Book of the Year for 2015. Mirzoeff is considered one of the founders of the academic discipline of visual culture in books like An Introduction to Visual Culture (1999/2009) and The Visual Culture Reader (1998/2002/2012). His book The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality (2011) won the Anne Friedberg Award for Innovative Scholarship from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies in 2013. A frequent blogger and writer, his work has appeared in The Nation, Hyperallergic, Frieze, the New York Times, the Guardian, Time and The New Republic.
Tao Leigh Goffe
Tao Leigh Goffe, PhD is a Black British award-winning writer, professor, and interdisciplinary sound artist who grew up between the UK and New York. She is an Associate Professor at Hunter College, CUNY. She studied literature at Princeton University before earning a PhD at Yale University. Her research explores global Black and Asian intellectual histories, political, and ecological life. Her work has appeared in South Atlantic Quarterly, New York Magazine, Artsy, and Boston Review. Tao is writing a book on how the climate crisis is a racial crisis (Doubleday and Hamish Hamilton (Penguin UK)). She lives and works in Manhattan where she is an artist-in-residence at Columbia University and a member of NEW INC, the New Museum's incubator for art and technology. Dr. Goffe is the Executive Director of the Dark Laboratory, an organization for the study of race, climate, and creative technology.
Dantaé Elliott is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University. Dantaé has a particular interest in contemporary Caribbean Art and its relation to migration within the Caribbean diaspora and region. Her work examines “barrel children syndrome” syndrome and the material cultures and diasporic cultures of remittance, its affects, and ways of knowing. She holds a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature with a concentration in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) from Roanoke College and an M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature with a focus on Golden Age Literature in Spain from the University of Delaware. She is also the program assistant for the Caribbean Initiative workshop series at the Center for Caribbean and Latin American Studies at NYU. This summer she served as Co-Director for the CCCADI (Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute) Summer Seminar for their Curatorial Fellowship class of 2022/2023. She is currently working as an Editorial Assistant for Small Axe, A Caribbean Journal of Criticism. She is a featured artist in Volume 4 of Forgotten Lands, titled Currents of Africa, released in June 2022.
Nadia Huggins was born in Trinidad and Tobago and grew up in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, where she is currently based. A self-taught artist, she works in photography and, since 2010, has built a body of images that are characterized by her observation of the everyday. Her work merges documentary and conceptual practices, which explore belonging, identity, and memory through a contemporary approach focused on re-presenting Caribbean landscapes and the sea. Nadia’s photographs have been exhibited in group shows in Canada, USA, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados, Ethiopia, Guadeloupe, France, and the Dominican Republic. In 2019, her solo show Human stories: Circa no future took place at Now Gallery (London UK). Her work forms part of the collection of The Wedge Collection (Toronto, Canada), The National Gallery of Jamaica (Kingston), and The Art Museum of the Americas (Washington DC, USA). Nadia was selected for the New York Times Portfolio Review (2018) and her work has been included in several publications, including A to Z of Caribbean Art (2019). She is the co-founder of ARC Magazine and One Drop in the Ocean, an initiative that aims to raise awareness about marine debris.
Ana Dopico is Director of the Hemispheric Institute at NYU. She is a comparative scholar of the Americas, Cuba, the Caribbean, and the Global South and Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University (NYU). From 2014-2019, she was Director of the King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU. Professor Dopico works on the cultural and intellectual history of the American hemisphere. She has published, lectured and shared public scholarship on photography, empire, and the Caribbean; art and Latin American politics; the Latin American novel; uneven development and political insurgency in the Americas and the Global South; Latinxs and American identity; José Martí; Cuban national and diasporic imaginaries and political emotion; and the work and legacies of Jean Franco and Edward Said.