Artists make big impact

No CARIFESTA is complete without the “vivid and vibrant artwork” of Haiti.

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development, Dr Douglas Slater, made this observation monday while speaking at CARICOM Regional Visual Arts Exhibition at the Barbados Community College (BCC).

He told his audience that Haiti is well known globally to produce artists of “outstanding merit and renown”, adding that Haitians’ use of available material demonstrates that art can be created once the determination and the imagination are present.

Although singling out Haiti for special mention, Slater said all the participating countries had made outstanding contributions to the exhibitions.

“The representations from Anguilla, Bermuda, Barbados, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Martinique and Trinidad and Tobago added to the richness of the exhibitions.

“Each island, territory or mainland displayed what can be considered among the finest presentations of Caribbean art on show anywhere,” he said, adding that the exhibits reflected the wide diversity of creative expressions existing in the several islands.

Referring to the exhibitions on display in the Morning Side Gallery at BCC, Slater said the 41 works created by 26 artists were chosen for their analytical, thought-provoking view points, rather than representational portrayals.

The CARICOM official pointed out that the many experiences each nation endured throughout its history are literally and symbolically expressed in the various pieces of art.

“Some artists make statements about various aspects of our environment. They reflect the sea, the land, and other aspects of our enchanting beauty of our environment. This is very important because it is in fact the main treasure of our region – our environment, from which we extract out livelihood, our food and the creative industry that we are involved in,” he said.

Source: (NC)

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