Hew Locke, For Those in Peril on the Sea, 2011. Collection Pérez Art Museum Miami, museum purchase with funds from the Helena Rubinstein Foundation Challenge Grant. Reproduced with the permission of the artist. Photo by Daniel Azoulay.
For Those in Peril on the Sea (2011) is an installation by Hew Locke (b. 1959), a British artist of Guyanese descent. It consists of dozens of scaled-down replicas of ships suspended from the ceiling, creating the impression of a massive exodus taking place throughout the architectural space above the viewer. It features a broad range of vessel types, from cigarette boats, catamarans and cruise liners to ragged fishing skiffs and timeworn cargo ships. In light of Miami’s history as the site for numerous waves of immigration—particularly from the Caribbean, and specifically by sea—For Those in Peril on the Sea will have a particular resonance for the Museum’s audiences. With its significant links to the South Florida community, this installation, part of Pérez Art Museum Miami’s permanent collection, promises a powerful initial experience for visitors to the new building.
Pérez Art Museum Miami hosts a talk with PAMM commissioned artist Hew Locke, whose work deals with a diverse subject matter, recurrent themes include visual expressions of power, trophy, globalization, migration, ships and boats, and the creation of culture.
"Prisoners of the Sun: A conversation with Artist Hew Locke and Kobena Mercer"
Pérez Art Museum Miami and the University of Miami Caribbean Literary and Cultural Studies Program presented "Prisoners of the Sun," a conversation between artist Hew Locke and Kobena Mercer, Yale University Professor of the History of Art and African American Studies.