Holly Bynoe is a visual artist, curator and writer from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She is currently living and working across the Caribbean. Bynoe is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of ARC Magazine, the premiere visual art and culture publication focusing on contemporary visual art created throughout the Caribbean and its diaspora. She is a recent graduate of Bard College | International Center of Photography where she earned an M.F.A. in Advanced Photographic Studies.
Bynoe has exhibited internationally and regionally in solo and group shows including, The Exquisite Landscape, ICP, New York; Interiority Complex: A Conversation Series, Camera Club of New York, New York; and Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions, organized by the World Bank and the OAS, and About Change. Her most recent exhibitions are Disillusions: Gendered Visions of the Caribbean and its Diaspora at the Middlesex County College in New Jersey and the Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Gallery in New York City. Her work is also housed in several private collections across the US.
As editor and director of ARC Magazine, Bynoe and has organized and curated various exhibitions across the Caribbean and the diaspora in collaboration with several formal and informal art spaces including New Media, an annual collaborative exhibition held in conjunction with the trinidad+tobago film festival and Forever Forged, Forever Becoming at the AACDD festival in London. In 2013 and 2014, ARC Magazine through a programming partnership with VOLTA NY Bynoe directed the production and execution of an exhibitors booth, a panel discussion on Caribbean Contemporary Art and an artists talk around related issues of production, exhaustion and holistic creative economies.
Recently, she has overseen production of Caribbean Linked, a residency program and exhibition held in Aruba in collaboration with Atleliers 89, The Fresh Milk Art Platform Inc. and the Mondriaan Foundation and has been appointed local curator of the International Biennale of Contemporary Art: Martinique, which took place November 2013-Jan 2014. She will be leading production with two galleries in Nassau, The Bahamas during Transforming Spaces 2014 to be held in April 2014.
Spanning the mediums of Photography, Writing and Video, my practice confronts through visual and textual juxtapositions the issues of identity, politics and place. I am interested in interrogating states of being; those residing between history and myth, between remembering and inevitable erasure. The narratives and fictions dispersed throughout the Anglophone Caribbean and its Diaspora, contains the sites I contemplate to address experience and belonging.
My collages identified as Compounds are constructed through a central device of layering and re-configuring. The weathering and deterioration of pixels reinforces the idea of an unreliable voice, highlighting the loss of a true narrative space. Tangled lineages and migrations are dissected to expose figures and faces that are distorted, collapsed and veiled. I examine maps, charts, and oceans to reconfigure their stories within my writing; I seek within structure and composition to consider the colonization of language and the implications of past and present passages. The sea is history and within that history there is only fiction.