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Monica Marin is a curator, social artist, educator and arts administrator from the Virgin Islands. She has degrees in Art History, Theory and Criticism; and Painting & Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She founded the Artist Advisory an artist led initiative for the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts (CMCArts) in 2006, and worked as the first residency coordinator at the Robert Rauschenberg residency in Captiva, FL. She has exhibited her work in the Caribbean, the USA and Europe and participated in such exhibitions as the International Caribbean Triennial, Santo Domingo and Contemporary Art from the American Caribbean at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work and research addresses the structural history of colonialism and the ways in which coloniality is manifested today through tourism, environmental racism, disaster capitalism, land grabs and the privatization of public land. Many of her projects examine the missing African-Caribbean history in the archive, and dance and vernacular cultural expressions as a space of resistance. Recent curatorial projects include Rebirth of the Spirit a group show that addressed the aftermath of the devastating 2017 hurricane season in the Virgin Islands, the production of For Gowie the Deceitful Fellow performed and written by collaborator Oceana James as part of the Unfinished Histories conferenceand Blindspots exhibition in Denmark, Invisible Heritage a traveling group show that featured Virgin Islands artists who critically engaged the 2017 centennial transfer to take back the colonial narrative to offer a Virgin Islands perspective, as well as the Invisible Heritage ongoing community arts project in Frederiksted, St.Croix in collaboration with CHANT that has been awarded grants from ArtPlace America, NEA Our Town and others. Past curatorial projects include Take 5 in collaboration with Carla Acevedo-Yates and producer Alaina Simone, Migrating Histories a two part performance festival in collaboration with Carla Acevedo-Yates at CMCArts; The Great House: A Reimagining of Power, Place and History, in collaboration with La Vaughn Belle at Whim Great House on St. Croix; and Paradise Lost at CMCARTS and AREA Lugar in Caguas, Puerto Rico that examined the negative environmental impact as a result of US industrial development and capitalism in both regions. She works for the VI Department of Public Works as a grant writer for historic restoration projects that promote arts and culture and works as an independent curator helping to run CMCArts artist in residency program, many of their exhibitions, programming and community outreach.

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