The Thirtieth Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was held at the Guyana International Convention Centre, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, Guyana from 2-5 July 2009. The President of Guyana, His Excellency Bharrat Jagdeo presided.
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*Close Encounters - Contemporary Art by Caribbean Women, The Art Gallery, Florida Gulf Coast University, February 18 - March 19 2010 www.artgallery.fgcu.edu
*Rockstone & Bootheel: contemporary west indian art - at Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, USA November 12 2009 - March 14 2010. Visit www.realartways.org for more info.
*The Barbados Society of Technologists in Agriculture, First Quarterly Meeting, Barbados Yacht Club, 7.00pm, Tuesday, June 12th 2009
*The 4th Annual Latin American and Caribbean Film Festival, Atlanta, Georgia, Saturday, June 13th 2009
*Ninth DC Caribbean Filmfest 2009, Wednesday, June 10th at the Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St., NW., Washington DC 20036. 6.00pm - FREE. Discussion will follow screening. Call 202.223.1960 xt 137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
*Master in Caribbean Studies Class, Universidad Nacional de Columbia - Presented by Prof. Yolanda Wood. May 16 2009
*Décima Bienal de La Habana, Cuba, March - April 2009
*International Lens Film Series in conjunction with Ifeoma Nwankwo of the English Department, Vanderbilt University, TN, USA October 15 - 17
*3rd Annual Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival, Port of Spain, Trinidad - Two Screenings at Movietowne, September 20, & at UWI, St. Augustine, September 22 2008
*The Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom, September 17. Introduced by Andrea MacDonald of MAS-SAMple, Skype discussion to follow with Newcastle audience and me in Barbados, facilitated by Andrea.
*CARIFESTA X, Georgetown, Guyana - International Conference Centre, Liliendaal, (next to CARICOM Secretariat) 7.30pm, August 25 2008 Discussant - Dr. Allisa Trotz, Moderator - Simone Mangal
* Annalee has been invited by Sydney Simmons to be his guest on Talk Yuh Talk, a radio programme on Q 100.7 on Thursday August 21st 9.00am - 10.30am. Tune in on your local radio or visit www.cbc.bb and tune in on line. The focus is On the Map as an intervention into the CSME and discussion about regional integration.
*Roxbury Film Festival, Boston, USA July 28 - Aug 3 2008
*Barbados Workers Union (BWU), Solidarity House, Harmony Hall, Bridgetown, Barbados on Tuesday, July 15th, 2008 at 7.30pm. Discussion moderated by Peter Wickham.
*ACS Crossroads Conference, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, 1.00- 2.30pm July 5th, 2008 - Discussant - Kamau Brathwaite, Moderator - Ka-mau Amen
*Orlando's 1st Caribbean Film Festival 2008, Saturday, June 21, Two screenings at 1.18pm & 5.18pm followed by groupd discussion at the Valencia Community, 1800 S. Kirkman Rd., Tel (407) 299 5000. Organised by the Alliance of Guyanese Expatriates, the African American Culture Society, the Valencia Community College & the Guyanese American Culture Association of Central Florida
*Caribbean Studies Association Conference, San Andres Columbia with discussants Dr. Linden Lewis & Abayomi Manrique, May 27, 2008
*Association of Caribbean Women Writers Conference, Grenada, 2.30 - 4.00pm with discussants Dr. Shalini Puri and Dr. Denise deCaires Narain - May 22, 2008
*Barbados Community College, April 18th
*Reel World Film Festival, Toronto, Canada on Sunday, April 6 2008, 1p.m. at Theatre 6, Carlton Cinemas on Yonge/Carlton
*Department of Language, Linguistics & Literature., UWI., Cave Hill Campus Barbados, April 3 2008
*Cave Hill Film Society, UWI, Cave Hill Campus Barbados, March 28 2008 at 7.45pm with Discussant Alison Saunders Franklyn, Director of Hit For Six
*Virtual Caribbeans Conference, Institute for Cuban & Caribbean Studies, Tulane University, New Orleans, Feb 29 2008
*Business Management Studies Graduate Programme, UWI., Cave Hill Campus Barbados February 6 2008
*Brooklyn Museum of Art - August 31, 2007–January 27 2008
*Barbados International Film Festival, Olympus Theatre, Sheraton Centre, Best of Caribbean Section, December 9 2007
I work as a visual artist and currently live in St. George, Barbados.
I create works in video, installation, drawing and painting and
sometimes I build objects.
My works explore ideas about home/land, longing and belonging and
expose tensions within a larger context of a post-colonial history
and more recent post (post) -independent spaces.
The Caribbean was the cradle of New World globalization. Our people all came from somewhere else, into the belly of the Americas.
Characterised by waves of migrant experience, the Caribbean became a place of confluence, transience and hybridity which for years romanticized the struggle to be whole, to become one Caribbean people. In spite of this ideal, we remain as fragmented as ever, locked into nationalist crevices, linguistic divides and exclusivist cultural legitimacy.
The repeated production of idyllic images of an eternal playground for tourists on the one hand, and notions of the region as fragmented, failed and chaotic on the other; mask a complex history, leaving Caribbeans ambivalent about a sense of self.
We must answer the question, both creatively and critically, what is the Caribbean? What image of ourselves do we wear and to what extent do these images represent who we actually are? What is the truth of our own lived realities and how do we speak to each other of this reality?
The challenge is to remove the mask created by the visitors’ gaze, to see through the rigid stereotypes, and to honestly reflect on our states of being.
My work exposes tensions within the larger context of a post-colonial history and the more recent experiences of post independence and 9/11. More personal explorations of home/land, longing and belonging, and creoleness, serve as cartographic meanderings of Caribbean space, and investigations of the self within that space; in an effort to discern the territory.
September 9 2007 St. George, Barbados
I am the complex Creole My context is the Caribbean
An archipelago crocheted into a crossbreed Of carnival, class and comess Cognizant of Columbus And the Commonwealth That created these confused colonies Correctly criticized for the callous treatment Of the Amerindian And the reconstitution Of a Caribbean caste system
Several centuries later My coronary artery crackles When I think of the creatures That created this cacophonous confusion
And although we collide There is more chaos than community Some feel like foreigners As though uncharacteristic Of these now ex-colonies Our natural native islands
I celebrate the chorus of the Creole Chant
But I have a creed that I wear Like a crest on my chest My credentials are that I am created equally Credible from my cranium to my coccyx
I cleave to no church, temple nor country I sing the canticles And practice a yoga I chant I breathe I made my jappa and wrote a creed I owned a crucifix And acknowledge the crescent
I anoint myself with a communion of Cinnamon, coffee and cumin Cocoa, cotton and cane It is with composure and compassion that I conceive my compatriots as compatible Whether Cuban or Guyanese, Christian or Muslim, Hindu or Jew
I contemplate a Caribbean conservatory That is a consanguineous conscious community Confidently confirming a conglomerate Who speak patois, Papiamento, Spanish and Creole
I celebrate the chorus of the Creole Chant
As a complex Creole Confronting this crossroads of centuries I cannot condone the corruption Nor those who configure the conflict – I outcast them from community
I contradict the unicursal way And commemorate the cobweb we have become I come to you Not as a comedian Nor as a clown I come to you as a coalition Of combustible matter A civilized collective Sometimes caustic, but never counterfeit I am a cordless creator of culture Conveying my codes To a community that isn’t convinced Of the credit of cultural producers