Das Konzept von Caribbean Art Collection versteht sich als "mobile Galerie", die Kunst nutzt, um die Karibische Kultur bekannt zu machen. Die Basis befindet sich in Berlin. Es werden neben Ausstellungen und Workshops Informationen zur Kunst und Geschichte der Karibik bereitgestellt. Seit der Gründung 2004 ist Caribbean Art Collection zunehmend ein wichtiger Anlaufpunkt in diesem speziellen Bereich geworden.
Unterstützt werden wir durch zahlreiche öffentliche und private Partner, wir wiederrum unterstützen Künstler und Projekte.
Um die Ziele von Caribbean Art Collection intensiver zu verdeutlichen, sei an dieser Stelle in Auszügen das Interview wiedergegeben, das mit dem Gründer des Online-Magazins jamaicans.com - Xavier Murphy - geführt wurde:
Murphy: Where in Jamaica are you from and when did you leave? Do you visit often?
Déhee: I was born in Kingston Jamaica and left when I was twelve years old to finish school in New York, USA. Destiny and influence from my social circle then sent me on to Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania which had a great impact on my self awareness. My mother had worked with the United Nations in N.Y. and its headquarters moved to Geneva Switzerland where I stayed with her for a while before going on to Paris, France where I was offered a career as a model and dancer. (...) My life was literally just travelling all over the world until I finally settled here in Berlin. I re-discovered Jamaica when my son was born and have been going back regularly at first every 2 years and now almost every year.
Murphy: Where did your initial interest in Caribbean art come from?
Even after my career as a model and dancer was over my family and I kept on travelling into Africa and southern Europe. I had learnt french and with english it is pretty easy to get around in this world. When visiting for example Agadir, Morocco I would be jogging on the beach and people would ask me where I came from. I would say of course Jamaica. It took them just a day or two to follow me on the beach and sing Bob Marley songs. The social and political problems of Jamaica are similar to the problems that most lands of the world have. Even if they don’t understand what he is saying they identify with his energy and image.
In many ways through my travels, I witnessed how Jamaica has influenced the world, not only the so called third world but also the industrial world.
My father was also a collector. (...) I entered his home I saw a haitian painting of a woman smoking a pipe. I said „Daddy, you don’t want to give me this?“ Although my father really loved me very much, I know this for sure, he answered „Lydia, everywhere this painting goes I go“. I am also a born collector we can understand this attachment for certain things.
Eight years later my father died. He did not forget, he kept his word. In his will he specified „I want Lydia to have the painting of the woman with the Pipe“. The intensity of what I felt with this jest is the energy and reasons for Caribbean Art Collection.
Das ungekürzte Interview finden sie auf jamaicans.com