Meet PAMM’s Caribbean Cultural Institute’s (CCI) newest Fellows 

We’re pleased to announce the recipients of the fourth cycle of our Caribbean Cultural Institute Fellowship (CCI) including Shannon Alonzo, an interdisciplinary artist from Trinidad; Farihah Aliyah Shah, a lens-based artist of Guyanese descent, based in Ontario, Canada; and Petrina Dacres, a researcher and independent curator from Jamaica.

(Left to right) Shannon Alonzo, Farihah Aliyah Shah, and Petrina Dacres

“Unlike in previous iterations, this year’s CCI Fellowship program features a strong female presence, representing the cultural diversity of the region,” said Iberia Pérez Gonzalez, Andrew W. Mellon Caribbean Cultural Institute Curatorial Associate. “Alonzo, Shah, and Dacres are exceptional practitioners, whose art making and research practices, respectively, are connected by a common interest in aspects related to Caribbean colonial and post-colonial histories.”

PAMM’s CCI is honored to continue to give visibility to Caribbean art in Miami through fellowship partnerships with local art organizations and institutions, such as WOPHA (Women Photographers International Archive) and Bakehouse Art Complex.

Shannon Alonzo will engage in drawing, soft sculpture, and performance to deepen her research on the Caribbean Carnival and the female body as a site of liberation. Read more.

Shannon Alonzo, Mangrove, 2023. Liverpool Biennial 2023 at Cotton Exchange. Courtesy of Liverpool Biennial. Photo by Mark McNulty. 

Farihah Aliyah Shah’s research, using photography, video, sound, and installation, explores identity formation the colonial gaze, migration, race, connectivity to land, and collective memory. Read more.

Farihah Aliyah Shah. Portrait of Jr. from Along the Demerara series, 2017. Archival Digital Print. 12 x 18 inches. Photo courtesy of the artist. 

Petrina Dacres’s current book project After-History?: The Heroic Image in Contemporary Caribbean Art analyzes the ways that Caribbean artists have utilized, critiqued, and redefined the conventions of heroic representation since the 1990s. Read more.

This next group of fellows represent the diversity of the region with their unique backgrounds and artistic practices.”

Franklin Sirmans, PAMM Director

With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, PAMM’s CCI is a program that aims to advance the study of Caribbean art while providing opportunities for exchange and collaboration across the Caribbean region and its diasporic communities. 

Read more on the fellows and their respective projects or learn more about PAMM’s CCI Program!

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