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Groundation Interviews ~ The visionaries behind WOMA

April 10, 2012
WOMA is an exhibit of Caribbean women artists, now in its second year and still growing. The artwork from over 30 artists from across the region & diaspora can be viewed at The Gallery in Paddock, Grenada, until April 14th. The work ranges from photography to installation and mixed media work. Don’t miss out on this groundbreaking exhibit! If you aren’t convinced yet, read our interview below with Stacey Byer & Tracey Chan, artists and co-curators of WOMA.
What inspires your vision for WOMA?
The desire to add to the growing art community in Grenada, create more opportunities for all artists especially the emerging ones. To collaborate with groups where we can create educational, therapeutic and functional art .


What was the process of curating this year’s concept: Home & Away?
The idea of the theme came from our friend and gallery owner Erik Johnson. We thought it was a brilliant way to tie in the fact that we wanted to include regional artists and from the diaspora in the show this year.Our open call was placed on our WOMA blog and we awaited with bated breath for the response. As we are  now in the middle of putting up the show, we can  say how very pleased we are with the wonderful and diverse pieces that will be exhibited.

How does it feel to be part of a regional movement of women artists as well as contemporary artists?
It’s a fantastic time for us to be a part of a movement like this – it’s challenging, interesting and is allowing us to grow on many levels through organising the shows, curating work and creating our own personal work as well. There doesn’t seem to be many women-oriented art shows or groups that includes younger people in the region. It’s allowing us the opportunity to meet people around the globe who are doing different and similar types of work, and show it off. We are seeing the expanse and variety of work out there even more and it’s exciting. We enjoy having a mixture of both traditional and contemporary work, as well as emerging and professional artists, at least for this year and last.
In what ways has social media been a part of making this collaboration and organizing, on a whole,  a possibility?
Basically we have done everything online, from our call to artists to marketing and distributing our invitations. Facebook has been a great part of this, and Twitter to a lesser extent. We’ve also been able to reach others through the art networks we are involved with as well as the press we’ve received from various groups and individuals. We have had immense support from our peers and are grateful that we’re getting through to an array of folks around the globe. We wanted women in the Caribbean and the diaspora and that’s exactly who we got!

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