Caribbean Artists Video Series: L ‘Oeil du lézard

Louisa Marajo 

In 2018,  AICA Caraïbe du Sud, launched a series of videos about Caribbean art practitioners titled 'L ‘Oeil du lézard' or  'The Eye of the Lizard' . The video series was initiated by Dominique Brebion and seeks to continue the work that that she does through the AICA and her curatorial work. The series is meant to further continue the international reach of Caribbean art. The videos are offered in English, Spanish and French for these reasons. The series aims to present the practices of contemporary artists from all over the Caribbean through the partnerships already established leading to videos on artists from Martinique, Guadeloupe, Barbados and Guyana.

Valérie John

Tide Rising Art Projects share these goals in common with 'The Eye of the Lizard' and we are therefore pleased to share their work on our platform. The videos so far feature artists such as Valérie John, Bruno Pedurand, Luz Severino, Louisa Marajo, Ewan Atkinson, Jean Marc Hunt, Christian Bertin, Thierry Tian Sio Po, Shirley Rufin, Raymond Medelice, Ricardo Ozier-Lafontaine and Agnés Brézéphin-Columin.

See these artists videos through our Caribbean Contemporaries playlist 


About Season 2 of our art docs series

Nicole Smythe-Johnson with Rubis InPulse Art Project students at The National Gallery of Jamaica

In our first season of art docs we focused on having artists speak about their work as well as the work of other artists. In season 2 we have focused on a perspective on the curation of Caribbean art with highlights from the studio  practices ofJamaican and Trinidadian contemporary artists. 

This season, independent curator and writer, Nicole Smythe-Johnson, spoke with us about the nature of curating, the skills needed and the process of curating an exhibition. She also shared her journey to becoming a curator. Nicole also discusses selected art installations that were a part of the 2017 Jamaica Biennial. The artists whose work is featured in this first section of our 2nd series of videos are: Xayvier Haughton, Deborah Caroll Anzinger, Laura Facey and Andrea Chung.

In part two of our season we speak directly to three young artists who were a part of the 2018 Blaqmango Residency programme: Esther Chin, Kelley-Ann Lindo and Errol Keane II. We also feature artists who joined the NLS Kingston programming as residents or exhibitors: Camille Chedda and Kearra Amaya Gopee . Later in the second part of Season 2 we discussing ideas with Afifa Aza

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Life After Art School Series resumed in 2019

Final year students at The School of Visual Arts, EMC

We continued our 'Life After Art School' series on January 22nd with the current group of final year students at The Edna Manley College. Acting Head of the Art History Department at the College, Dr. Petrina Dacres invited us the Research Methods she co-teaches with Dr Katie Dieter. We discussed options and strategies in an art career after leaving art school including education pathways, residencies, collectives and community and online presence. Deborah Carroll Anzinger of NLS Kingston also joined us to share new funding and research opportunities and how to apply to an art residency like the newly funded NLS Artists Residency.


L-R: Danielle Russell (team member), Oneika Russell (founding director), Nicole Smythe-Johnson (contributing curator-Season 2), Dwayne Lyttle (National Gallery of Jamaica contact/ production assistant-Season 2), 2018

About Tide Rising Art Projects 

Tide Rising Art Projects is an artist-led initiative coming out of Kingston, Jamaica. The initiative is the brainchild of Jamaican artist and lecturer, Oneika Russell. We started out of an identified need for actively practicing local and regional visual artists to have their practices documented and promoted. Oneika’s involvement with the Caribbean Linked IV programme in Aruba, her work with NLS Kingston and the 5 year period spent teaching students of various levels and disciplines at The Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts all inspired the creation of the project. We started recording our first videos in March of 2017.

Our aim is to document and promote the practices of local and regional contemporary artists and initiate engagement opportunities for Caribbean contemporary artists within the region and internationally as well. We also aim to provide education opportunities for artists and the public as well as research resources through our videos, website content, seminars and workshops.

Our current projects in 2020 involve the creation and publishing of online videos about local artists as well as ongoing collaborations to promote curated groups of contemporary artists in the Caribbean via social media, exhibitions etc. We are also working on new formats of media production and workshops. At present our resources dictate the scale of project we can work on but we do view these early projects as the necessary capacity building activities for an eventually larger reach. We have new and exciting ways for supporters and the community to help contribute to our sustainability and new content and resources lined up. Stay updated by joining our mailing list.

About the team

Oneika has been a practicing artist both locally and internationally from 2005. She has exhibited both regionally and internationally and has had the opportunity to participate in various programmes such as the MEXT: Monbukagakusho scholarship, the Davidoff Art Initiative/ Residency Unlimited Residency Programme and the Commonwealth Arts & Crafts Award. She has also taught at The Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts in Kingston from 2014-18. Oneika was also the creator and main contributor behind the crucial and now archived art blog, ART:Jamaica. Oneika acts as producer, secondary videographer and editor on the series of short form art docs on our YouTube channel and liaison/ planner for our curatorial projects. 

Petrina Dacres is the Acting Head of Art History at The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Art. Her teaching and research centers on Caribbean and African Diaspora Art, Public sculpture and memorials, and memory studies. She has also worked as a curator, most recently on the exhibition, ‘Uprising’ at the National Museum Jamaica in 2016. And, was recently the inaugural Stuart Hall fellow at Harvard University's Hutchins Center. Petrina has been working with the initiative as an independent curator on two projects currently in process and is active in our other digital curated projects. 

Danielle Russell is a local filmmaker who has participated in both The British Council’s script development workshop and the JAMPRO/JAFTA PROPELLA script to screen development film project. Both projects have seen the short film she developed through the programme be screened at The Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival. She has also acted as art director and producer on other local films. She studied Communication at CARIMAC at The University of the West Indies in Kingston and Film and television at The Communication University of China in Beijing. She has also taught ‘Storytelling’ and ‘Scriptwriting’ in the University of Technology, Jamaica’s Animation BSc. programme. Danielle works as videographer and advisor for our art videos on our YouTube channel.

Partnerships & Collaborations



Artist, Camille Chedda, during a video shoot

Here is an update: 

We have been working over the last year on a second series of art docs featuring a selection of contemporary artists who have been working and exhibiting in Jamaica since 2017 including Camille Chedda and Kearra Amaya Gopee. Our new series also features independent curator/ writer Nicole Smythe-Johnson and her recent project. The first in our new series of videos will be released on Feb 17th. Save the date!

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