See Me Here calls attention to recent directions in self-portraiture throughout the English-speaking Caribbean, by focusing on the work of 25 artists who frequently or significantly use their physical selves, or those to whom they are linked by blood or significant experience, as an avenue for exploration and expression. Of particular interest with this book were the debates co-editor Mariel Brown and I had as to what constitutes self-portraiture – both with ourselves and with others. Quite a few of the works here are self-evident, but others require an open mind and a shifting and blurring of traditional definitions. On this publication, too, we made the decision to include controversial and uncomfortable works to celebrate the freedom of expression and bravery of many of the artists included.
See Me Here is the second of Robert & Christopher’s planned thematic explorations of contemporary art throughout the English-speaking Caribbean.
Artists: Akuzuru, Ashraph, Ewan Atkinson, James Cooper, John Cox, Renee Cox
Annalee Davis, Susan Dayal, Laura Facey, Joscelyn Gardner, Lawrence Graham-Brown, Anna Ruth Henriques, Nadia Huggins, Michelle Isava, O’Neil Lawrence
Jaime Lee Loy, Che Lovelace, Joshua Lue Chee Kong, Olivia McGilchrist, Steve Ouditt, Sheena Rose, Irénée Shaw, Roberta Stoddart, Stacey Tyrell, and Dave Williams.
SUMMARY | Role: Co-Editor (with Mariel Brown)
Designer: Richard Mark Rawlins. Essay: Marsha Pearce.
Introduction: Melanie Archer & Mariel Brown
Published: 2014, Robert & Christopher Publishers