Christopher Cozier is an artist and writer living and working in Trinidad. He has participated in a number of exhibitions focused upon contemporary art in the Caribbean and internationally. Since 1989 he has published a range of essays on related issues in a number of catalogues and journals. He was on the editorial collective of Small Axe, A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, (1998-2010), and has been an editorial adviser to BOMB magazine for their Americas issues (Winter, 2003, 2004 & 2005).
A documentary produced by Canadian video artist and writer, Richard Fung entitled Uncomfortable: the Art of Christopher Cozier was launched in Toronto in January 2006. The artist is a Senior Research Fellow at the Academy of The University of Trinidad & Tobago (UTT) and was Artist-in-Residence at Dartmouth College during the Fall of 2007.
He was the co-curator of the exhibition Paramaribo Span which opened in 2010 and its related blog and publication. He was also the co curator of “Wrestling with the Image” which opened in 2011, and one of the administrators of Alice Yard. In 2013, he was named one of the recipients of the pretigious Prince Claus award. The artist will be a SITE Santa Fe -SITE lines Satellite Curatorial Advisor for 2014.
Latest News: Christopher Cozier awarded Prince Claus Award for 2013
Christopher Cozier (1959, Port of Spain) is a multi-talented cultural activator with a profound impact on cultural development across the Caribbean. His informed and incisive artwork in diverse media reflects his deep understanding of Trinidad’s past and present, and beyond this, he mentors and supports local and regional artists, providing critiques, establishing dialogues with them across virtual space and initiating opportunities.
A pivotal agent in the evolution of contemporary art discourse in the Caribbean, Cozier was a major contributor (1998-2010) to the seminal journal Small Axe. As both writer and editor, his commitment to research and critical enquiry expanded the dialogue between traditional academic disciplines and the visual, and helped to liberate local discourse from predictable tropes and stereotypes.
For more than 25 years, Chris Cozier has been running artists’ workshops, exchanges and residencies linking local artists with international practitioners. Among many activities he was instrumental in establishing an exhibition context for new media. In 2006 he co-founded Alice Yard as an informal venue for creative experiment, exchange and debate. Located in the backyard of a house in Port of Spain, it hosts artists’ projects, performances, music events, readings, discussions and film screenings, as well as offering living quarters for visiting artists, a multipurpose studio and exhibition space, and a rehearsal space for young bands.
Cozier’s advocacy of Caribbean art on global levels includes co-curating Paramaribo Span (Suriname, 2010) and Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions (Washington DC, 2011) which featured 36 artists from 14 countries of the Anglophone, Francophone and Dutch-speaking Caribbean; the online catalogue he produced for the latter show is used as a teaching tool at several universities. He is also currently a 2014 Satellite Advisory Curator to SITE Santa Fe.
Christopher Cozier is honoured for his influential role and open inclusive approach in developing art and culture across the Caribbean; for selflessly and generously creating possibilities for others, inspiring and mentoring younger generations; for his disciplined commitment to intellectual inquiry and critical discourse.
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