Michiel van Hout created the Holy Week Art Exhibition to help him find a space in the local art scene for his work. Michiel is a religious artist, and for him his work is a reflection of his faith. It is also part of his spiritual practice.
The Holy Week Art Exhibition was created because when he moved Trinidad, he found that religious art didn’t really have a space here, which he found very surprising considering how spiritual this country is.
The 2017 exhibition ended on Glorious Saturday, but I did a story on it for the C News Report, have a look
I really his geometric, stained glass-like paintings the best. Antonio Figuero’s paintings of the Cathedral and the Church of the Assumption were lovely as well, as was Rebecca Foster’s “Stations of the Cross”. I hope that some of these find spaces in local churches and homes very soon.
Local designer Ryan Chan has just released an adult colouring book. You know that I’m obsessed with them. Especially Caribbean colouring books. To the point where I had promised myself that I’m only allowed to buy Jade Gedeon’s Carnival Escape colouring book. I going to break that promise to include this gem.
I had a lot of fun this year covering all manner of things cultural and artsy. It was very inspiring to see people doing their thing in this country. It belies the rab that nothing good can come from here. I saw amazing art, and was party to enlightening conversations about design and history.
I can’t wait for 2017.
My favourite art exhibition was Josh Lu’s Paradise. It’s his cautionary tale for a country that doesn’t protect it’s heritage, built or otherwise. That has devolved into violence, and doesn’t seem to know it’s way out. That he quoted my brilliant friend Niama Sandy in his artist’s statement was icing on the cake. But I’ll keep looking out for Josh’s work.
Adele Todd’s Black Guard was also another favourite. I knew that she worked in embroidery, but I really didn’t expect it to have such an impact. The show took a hard look at our security services, and burgeoning surveillance state.
It was beyond cool that she got the Museum to paint the exhibition room red. You really should have seen it.
And then there was the Cazabon Exhibition at the Diplomatic Centre. I’ve written about that experience on this blog. I didn’t get to go back and see them, but I’m lucky to have seen them with Geoffery MacLean, so I consider myself fortunate.
I got to see Stickfight for the first time. I know, I know. I highly recommend it, it’s my intention to make this my new Carnival tradition.
Viewing tip. Look out for the paramedic who is thoroughly enjoying the match-ups. Bless him, he’s not letting his fun prevent him from doing his job. He made my night.
From Fete Fonts now Sign Books, to Fashion and Film Festivals galore. This year was an eye opening one for me, so I’m really looking forward to what 2017 has to offer.
Festival Launch & Cocktail Reception
Afro-diasporic Linkages and the Caribbean Voyage Art Exhibition Opening
CFAFF Special Selection – Boys of Soweto (4 mins)
CFAFF Official Selection -Destination Runway (21 mins)
Arima Tennis Club
(Secondary School Students)
Afro-diasporic Linkages and the Caribbean Voyage Student Art Exhibition
Afro-diasporic Linkages and the Caribbean Voyage Panel Discussion with Dr. Olabisi Kuboni, Festival Chair
CFAFF Official Selections (20 mins) Filmmakers Q & A
(Fashion and Film Students Only)
International Fashion Film Screening Curated by Niccolo Montanari (45 mins)
Fashion Film Future Q&A with Niccolo Montanari, International Fashion Film Consultant
Tickets TT $30
CFAFF Official Selection – Fanm Djanm – We Are Every Woman (2mins)
CFAFF Special Selection – DIVA Enemy of the People (95 mins)
The HeART of Fashion Panel Discussion with Nicole Joseph Chin, Founder of Ms. Brafit
*High Tea Served
The Rush Sports Bar and Night Club
Afro-diasporic Linkages and the Caribbean Voyage Urban Gala & CFAFF Award Ceremony
*Entrance to After Party Included
At the Door $80
*Urban Gala After Party
For more information call 381-6469. Tickets are available at AKIMBO 37 C Pro Queen Street Arima. For collection in POS contact 761-9120 or 748-7156
“There aren’t many indigenous typefaces from the English-speaking Caribbean; barely any in fact. There is a kind of vernacular around handwritten signs, one of which was created by our Managing Partner Marlon Darbeau’s work for Alice Yard; more recently with digitisation projects such as the Fete Signs project by the talented duo of Kriston Chen and our own Agyei Archer. Contemporary typography doesn’t so much originate here; looking for a typeface that is ‘authentically Caribbean’ really means looking elsewhere.
What we do have are legacy faces; echoes of systems and powers that have long departed, quietly reminding us of the past.
The shared history of the English-speaking Caribbean means that there are similarities in style across the region. One can in particular find a loose group of typefaces that seems to speak of empire, of order, of plain protestant authority.”
Taken from Abovegroup’s blog about rebuilding their identity. I just love the idea of a new, font of Caribbean origin.
His 2017 presentation, Cazabon: The Art of Living was supposed to celebrate our heritage architecture and the period when those buildings, like the members of the Magnificent 7 were built.
The problems were present from the get go. Those buildings were constructed in the 20th century. While George Brown, the architect who designed the fret work that has become the hallmark of the gingerbread houses moved to Trinidad before Cazabon died, they had little interaction. So the association is messy.
But what really upset some people was the section La Belle Dame and Garçon de la Maison. The beautiful woman and the house boy. It glamourised a relationship where one of the partners, in this case the overly sexualised houseboy, wasn’t an equal partner, and probably couldn’t refuse the relationship if he wasn’t interested. Regardless of how beautiful his mistress may have been.
Earlier this week, the band leader held a Facebook live discussion where he apologised for causing offense and dropped the section.
I had an interesting conversation with a lecturer in Carnival Studies about this controversy, Trinidad Carnival’s history and society. I also spoke to the leading expert on Cazabon about this. I’m working on that piece now, and hope to have it ready for broadcast soon.