Hulda Guzmán features in 'Breathe into the Past: Crosscurrents in the Caribbean'
'Breathe into the Past: Crosscurrents in the Caribbean' takes its title from a line in Alexis Pauline Gumbs’ 2020 book 'Dub: Finding Ceremony', which concerns channeling ancestral knowledge toward understanding Caribbean histories and navigating Caribbean futures. The twelve featured artists in this exhibition originate from the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, coastal Colombia, and beyond. Their artworks offer insights into the complex histories that have influenced the present. They acknowledge human and nonhuman entanglements, situate contemporary politics in spaces of coloniality and imperialism, and celebrate long histories of resistance and perseverance. They integrate a broad range of materials—vintage saris, codfish skins, bougainvillea thorns, sugar—into sculptures, books, photographs, films, and more, and speak to histories of migration and diaspora. In this way, the works and the artists who made them offer poetic responses to often-marginalised histories.
Artists included in the exhibition are: Firelei Báez, Albert Chong, Andrea Chung, Maksaens Denis, Hulda Guzmán, Renluka Maharaj, Suchitra Mattai, Carlos Martiel, Javier Orfón, Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, María Isabel Rueda and Nyugen Smith.