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Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British art 1950s-Now

Dec 6, 2023 — Apr 1, 2024 | Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Hew Locke is part of Life Between Islands, at Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada.

Tracing the extraordinary impact of Caribbean art and thought on British art history over seven decades this poetic and powerful exhibition crosses the Atlantic for the first time, making its North American debut in Toronto. Co-curated by David A. Bailey, Director, Artistic Director of the International Curators Forum, and Alex Farquharson, Director, Tate Britain, Life Between Islands at the AGO is overseen by Julie Crooks, Curator, Arts of Global Africa, and the Diaspora. 

Referencing poetry, film, activism and music, the exhibition reflects through art how Caribbean-British artists forged new identities, communities, and cultures in Britain, often in the face of hostility and discrimination. Life Between Islands features artwork by more than 30 artists – from the Caribbean and those influenced by it – including Aubrey Williams, Donald Locke, Horace Ové, Isaac Julien, Sonia Boyce, Claudette Johnson, Peter Doig, Hurvin Anderson, Barbara Walker and Alberta Whittle. 

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