Artist La Vaughn Belle. Photograph QStudio LLC. www.qstudiovi.com

La Vaughn Belle: big art from a small place

For artist La Vaughn Belle, coming from a “small place” — St Croix — doesn’t restrict her imagination or her ambitions. David Knight, Jr, investigates the social impact of Belle’s questioning artistic practice.

Photograph by Pixachi/shutterstock.com

Word of mouth (May/June 2014)

Barbados’s biennial literary festival is back, and a popular Caribbean photography book becomes an exhibition in Toronto.

Photograph by Nadia Huggins

The popop spirit: Nassau’s Popopstudios International Centre for the Visual Arts

Founded by artist John Cox in 1999, Nassau’s Popopstudios International Centre for the Visual Arts has become an international art contender.

City of Lights. Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Word of mouth (November/ December 2013)

Discover Trinidad’s Divali Nagar, Miami’s international art fair, and Jamaica’s annual pantomime .

Near Cunaripa, south of Sangre Grande in east Trinidad. Photograph by Chris Anderson

Houses of the spirits

Photographer Chris Anderson and writer Angelo Bissessarsingh capture the elegance of Trinidad and Tobago’s traditional architecture.

The Dancing Devils tradition is also found in other towns and villages in Venezuela, but Yare is the best known. Photograph by Mauricio Plaza

Mauricio Plaza: dance with the devils

Photographer Mauricio Plaza shares images of the Dancing Devils of Yare, a Venezuelan Corpus Christi tradition since the sixteenth century .

Costumed as Hindu deities, Phagwah celebrants parade down Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill. Photograph by Evan Sung

Phagwah: Rites of spring

Photographer Evan Chung captures the colours of Phagwah, the Hindu spring festival, as celebrated by Caribbean immigrants in Queens .

Powder Box Schoolgirls series (2009). Photograph courtesy Marlon Griffith

Marlon Griffith: Mas by other means

Marlon Griffith’s multimedia performance works take elements of traditional Trinidad Carnival into the world of contemporary art.

Attillah Springer. Photograph by Andrea De Silva

Word of mouth (January/February 2013)

Carnival dawn at Trinidad J’Ouvert, preview a new show by artist Christopher Cozier, and savour the spice of controversy at Guyana’s Mashramani.

Simone Padmore. Photograph by Mark King

Changing the game: seven rising talents in Barbados’s contemporary art

Meet seven rising talents in Barbados’s contemporary art scene, profiled by Natalie McGuire, with portraits by Mark King.