Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Rock/Transfer

For amidst these crumbling walls echo a multitude of voices, and each has its own tale to tell. For some, the story begins in the sweltering jungles of West Africa; for others, on cold and rocky Northern European coasts; for still others it begins on these very shores. Some sought wealth and opportunity; others, escape from strife or ethnic persecution. The majority, found only enslavement and misery; few, very few, endured.
This quote is by David Knight from UNDERSTANDING ANNABERG, his book about the history of Estate Annaberg on St. John.

The Rock/Transfer is about the weight of history collective and personal as well as an attempt to reconnect the past with the present through a symbolic gesture in which an object that signifies the past is moved from one historical place (Annaberg Sugar Factory on St. John) to another (restored colonial building housing the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts in Frederiksted, St. Croix).

Janet Cook-Rutnik
William Stelzer

The Rock/Transfer is part of the "Facing Locality" exhibition at the Caribbean Museum of Art, in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, curated by Luis Camnitzer.