Christopher Cozier’s work as an artist, writer and curator aims to explore and affect conventional readings of the Caribbean, revealing alternative narratives and interpretations. Investigating the relationship between contemporary and historical conditions in his drawing, prints and installations, Cozier often sets up actions in response to new places and enlists mundane everyday objects along the way.
Among Cozier’s international presentations and exhibitions are Home /Portal, a conversation with ds4si and Intelligent Mischief, Boston, Kingston and Bogota (2017); Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago, MOLAA, Los Angeles (2017); Where Is Here, MoAD, San Francisco (2016); Entanglements, Eli & Edythe Broad Museum, Lansing, US and TEOR/ética, San Jose, Costa Rica (2015); In Development, David Krut Projects, New York (2012); The Global Africa Project, Museum of Art and Design, New York (2010–2011); Afro Modern: Journeys through the Black Atlantic, TATE Liverpool (2010); Trienal Poli/Gráfica de San Juan: América Latina y el Caribe, Puerto Rico (2009); Contemporary West Indian Art, Rockstone and Bootheel, Hartford, US (2009) and Biennial de Cuenca, Ecuador (2009), among others.
Cozier was an artist in residence at Künstlerhaus Bethanien while taking part in the public programme I’m Not Who You Think I’m Not, 10th Berlin Biennial (2018). He also participated in artist residencies at Rising Waters II, Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva Island, US (2016) and Cannonball, Miami (2015). He was the subject of the documentary Uncomfortable: The Art of Christopher Cozier (2006), produced by video artist and writer Richard Fung, and he was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2004).
He received a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, US (1986) and an MFA in Visual Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, US (1988). Born in 1959 in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, Cozier currently lives and works in Trinidad.
Sharjah Biennial 14
Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber
As an artist, curator, professor and writer, Christopher Cozier explores the Caribbean as a place that has shaped and is shaped by the world.