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Veerle Poupeye | Jamaica

Veerle Poupeye
Art historian, curator
Jamaica
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From Belgian origin, Veerle Poupeye is specialized in Caribbean art history and is a curator. After a master in Art History in the University of Gent, Belgium, she completed her Ph.D at the University of Emory, Atlanta, USA, with a dissertation centered on Caribbean Art in the 20th Century.

Veerle Poupeye is much interested to the links between Caribbean art, popular culture and religion. She highlighted how social traditions of each Caribbean country (vodoo in Haiti, rastafari in Jamaica, santeria in Cuba, etc.) had diferent impacts on the local artistic production.

She is currently the Executive Director of the National Gallery of Jamaica. She occupied for a long period the position of Chief curator for this gallery, and before that her career was turned towards teaching and being a professor.

She taught Art history, Visual Arts, Curating at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica. This university is recognized as the best for forming emerging talents and she was also curator for the Edna Manley’s gallery (CAG[e] gallery). She was also professor at the University of Emory and at the New York University.

She participated in the conference « The Black Jacobins – Barbados/Martinique » (2011) during the Black Diaspora Festival.

In addition to publishing articles, reviews and catalogue essays – she authored the books Caribbean Art (Thames & Hudson’s World of Art series, 1998) and Modern Jamaican Art (with David Boxer, Ian Randle Publishers, 1998).