SACI Alum Spotlight: Christopher Cozier (Spring 1985) awarded 2015 Cannonball Residency + exhibits at Broad Museum

Christopher Cozier, Gas Men, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

Christopher Cozier, “Gas Men,” 2014. Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

Christopher Cozier (SACI Alum, Spring 1985) was just awarded a Cannonball Residency for August-September 2015. Gas Men, a recent video, developed during a residency at The Kaplan Institute in 2014 was screened by Monique Meloche Gallery. His video installation, Entanglements, opens at the Eli and Edythe Broad Museum at Michigan State University in June 26, through October 18, 2015. He was interviewed last year, “Portrait of the Artist as a Caribbean.” He has been a featured artist in ARC Magazine. Here, you can watch the video installation, One Night Collaborations Version 2. See him on Flickr.

Christopher Cozier

Christopher Cozier

Christopher Cozier (b.1959, Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago) is an artist, writer, and curator. He lives and works in Trinidad, and is the recipient of a Prince Claus Award for 2013. Since 1989 he has published a range of essays in a number of catalogs and journals. He was a Senior Research Fellow at the Academy of The University of Trinidad & Tobago (2006-10) and co-director of Alice Yard, a non-profit arts space in Port of Spain. He was a member of the editorial collective of Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism (1998-2010) and was an editorial adviser to BOMB Magazine for their Americas issues in 2003, 2004, and 2005. An interview with the artist by Annie Paul was published in BOMB Magazine. Recent curatorial projects include Paramaribo Span (2010), held in Paramaribo, Suriname. He was Co-Curator of Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions (2011) at the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C, and one of the curators of Independent Curators International’s Project 35, Vol. 2 (2012). He was a satellite curatorial advisor to SITE Santa Fe (2014).

As an artist his work has been included in the 5th and 7th Havana Biennial (1994, 2000); Infinite Island (2007); The Brooklyn Museum (2009); Biennial de Cuenca, Ecuador (2009); Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe (2009); Rockstone and Bootheel: Contemporary West Indian Art (2009) at Real Art Ways; Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic (2010) at TATE Liverpool; and The Global Africa Project (2010-11) at Museum of Art and Design NY, among others. In 2013, his first one-person exhibition in New York, titled in Development, opened at David Krut Projects NY. His most recent video installation, produced during a residency at Northwestern University, was previewed in Gary, Indiana, and at Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago. Cozier was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2004 and is the subject of the 2006 documentary Uncomfortable: the Art of Christopher Cozier, produced by Canadian video artist and writer, Richard Fung. The artist was shown at TEOR/ética, Costa Rica in June 2014. Cozier 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.

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