“Colonial Comfort” photography exhibition at CMCArts in St Croix

By ARC Magazine Saturday, September 6th, 2014 Categories: Exhibitions, Photography, Updates

Frederiksted, St. Croix – The Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (CMCArts) is excited to announce the opening of Colonial Comfort, a photography exhibition featuring the work of nine artists from Puerto Rico, and another nine from the USVI. The exhibition will take place on Friday, September 19th, 2014 starting at 5:00pm along with a programme of other events in the days following. See below for a full list of events and more information about the exhibition:

Photo credit: Rebecca Zilenziger

Living in a “comfort zone” is an experience people on our Caribbean islands share with the rest of the world. The comfort zone is a state in which a person uses a limited set of behaviors to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without taking risks. In the comfort zone you try to remain anxiety-neutral. While this strategy enables survival, settling for less can eventually lead to a fear driven, mediocre life that often comes with depression. Just outside of the comfort zone is a world of excitement, financial freedom, success and passion, a fulfilled life. But that can only be achieved by leaving the comfort zone, by experimenting with new behaviours.

Some of the images were done as part of commercial or editorial commissions, others were by-products of such assignments, and yet others were conceived as art works. This museum exhibition reveals the thin line between artistic, commercial, and editorial photography, and shows the power of the context in which an image is viewed.

Photo credit: Rebecca Zilenziger

Opening Reception:
Friday, September 19, 2014 – 5:00 PM
Across the street from Sunset Jazz on the waterfront in Frederiksted.

Panel Discussion: An interdisciplinary look at (post-)colonialism. With Roland Roebuck, participating artists, and Lisa Ladner. Saturday, September 20, 2014 – 10:00 AM

Artists’ Roundtable: Strategies for making it here and there
For and with participating artists/photographers, and other creatives and entrepreneurs.
Saturday, September 20, 2014 – 3:00 PM

SBDC Workshop
Leave the Comfort Zone: become an entrepreneur!
Friday, November 14, 2014 – Details in preparation.

Photo credit: Rebecca Zilenziger

Colonial Comfort features work by the following artists: ADÁL, ae.i.ou, Denise Bennerson, David Berg, Diane M. Butler, Nicole Canegata, Janet Cook-Rutnik, Lionel Cruet, Mónica Félix, Tina Henle, Liza Morales, Erik Miles, Ray Miles, Marta Mabel Pérez, Herminio Rodríguez, Steve Simonsen, William Stelzer, and Rebecca Zilenziger. Curator: Lisa Ladner.

To learn more, please visit or contact:
Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts
10 Strand Street & 62 King Street
Frederiksted, St. Croix, USVI 00840
Phone: (340) 772-2622/ Fax: (340) 772-2612

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