2008 Arriving Back

Posted in Opinion by Adele Todd on January 17, 2008

Dear readers, I have been in Trinidad since the 8th and have been having problems here with the telephones. However, finally the situation has been resolved. Thank you so much for your patience. Already this year there is so much to report to you. In less than two weeks a friend of mine shall be showing some very interesting work at the National Museum. He wanted to title the show, …”whe de ass, whe de mas!” But the museum got up in arms about the fact that the name might upset people coming into the public gallery space.

Unfortunately this sort of censorship still goes on, although we as a nation should be more outraged by crime than the very english language that gets slaughtered every day on th streets of Trinidad and Tobago. It is disappointing that he shall have to compromise on the title of this show, specifically because Mas is all about being provocative. Men dress up as women with protruding breasts and bottoms, people dance down to the ground alone, together or in groups in an activity called whineing. The whole point of the festival is an homage to excess before repentance and purging. Yet the word ass is seen as shocking. However his show shall go on with a much simpler title, and I shall write about it here.

I have gone around to a few new gallery spaces, and Jackie Hinkson has a show on at Queens’ Hall in St. Ann’s. Two papers covered a show without telling where it is or what it is about! There were several mistakes on top of that, within the body of the small article, and I wanted to scream! No one is writing anything of any significance on Art on the island and I don’t know why this is the case. Artists may be forced to write their own press releases for the public to read! It may be a better way to go.

Galleries closed in 2007 and opened in 2007. At the moment, the spaces are clearly showing that Art is a business, as professional framing is a large part of the gallery space. With all of the highrise constuction going on, there is a sense of optimism about what may be happening in Art here, the question remains, will it pan out.

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