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By restoring the balance with a tied brick and
bandaging the wounds, I show hope for cure.
The blood leaking represents the blood being lost
daily by rising gun violence and murder with innocent
victims being mostly children and young adults. It
depicts the present situation in Trinidad. We are all
being terrorised by this, even citizens like me being
far away from home. I feel frustrated and want to
do my part as best as I can. After creating this piece,
I was looking at the CCN6 news and saw a similar
chair on which a victim was sitting. It had bullet
holes and marks like the one I made a while back.
It was a very bizarre feeling for me.
Q. What have you been working on lately?
A. My latest works combine the worlds of past
and present. In my art I am revisiting my past and
bringing it into my present experiments. Images of
copybooks, ballpoint pens and rubber ducks to name
a few, are part of my memories. In the artworks the
pen and the copybook pages symbolise the people
and education. The pens bear the names of citizens
who were either murdered or were involved in criminal
activities. I found the names of people on the Internet.
The idea came from my early days in school, when
you labelled your pen with your name as a means
of identifying it as yours. It is a way of immortalising
the individuals in my work -- both the innocent and
the guilty are caught up in tough social conditions.
The golden duck in the artwork is a means of asking
oneself: Am I standing out in the crowd or am I
going along with the stream? Young people in T&T
should strive for gold -- for being the golden duck
and making a positive change in the society.
Showing the reality of T&T s 2014 social collapse
is important to me and my practice. Dealing with
the problem is the start of finding a way to solve it.
There is clearly a thread between Trinidad and Tobago
and my work and this makes my art very personal
and unique here in Germany.
Artist Richard Williams.
The New Year resolution of cable and
DirecTV to show excellent films has
lasted all of January, far longer than
most personal New Year resolutions do.
Today s Also Rans include a great, hugely
tense thriller (*Prisoners, 2 pm Fox1), a
Danny Boyle that very nearly outdoes
Danny Boyle (Trance, 10.25 am FoxMvs),
Cormac McCarthy s flawed but still good
first screenplay (The Counsellor, 2.35 pm FoxAct), one of the great LA movies
that would have been picked if it hadn t already been this year (*Falling Down,
12.10 noon MaxP), the regrouped Led Zeppelin rocking out with Bonzo s son
for Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun (Celebration Day, noon DTV)
and a bone-chilling documentary (The Act of Killing, 6.55 pm HBOS). The
week offers a superb animated Johnny Depp spoof of the spaghetti Western
(Rango, 8 pm tomorrow FoxFam), the follow-up to In Bruges, a contender
for best debut feature screenplay (Seven Psychopaths, 3.30 pm tomorrow
HBOP) and a for-cinephiles-only tense drama about the high personal cost
of addiction (My Zinc Bed, 9.55 pm Tuesday HBOS).
TODAY'S BEST FILM:
Planet of the Apes (Franklin J Schaffner/ 1968/ USA/ Sci-fi-Adventure-
Drama/ 112 mins/ G), 7.05 pm Fox Classics BEST FILM OF THE WEEK.
Watch this if you liked Aliens, 2001: A Space Odyssey or Aguirre: The Wrath
of God. The monkey-suit sequels and the dreadful Tim Burton/Marky Mark
2001 remake obscure one of Hollywood s best-ever films. It offers stunning
cinematography, an unassailable script, superb costuming and even a great
performance from Charlton Heston as the leader of the US spaceship crew
landing on a planet where the roles of apes and humans are reversed; the
last frame is a contender for "Best of All Time". Few things nearly half-a-
century old stand up so well to close scrutiny.
TODAY AND REST OF THE WEEK:
We're the Millers (Rawson Marshall Thurber/ 2013/ USA/ Comedy/ 110
mins/ R for crude sexual content, pervasive language, drug material and brief
graphic nudity), 4.30 pm today HBOE. Watch this if you liked There s
Something About Mary, Hall Pass or This is 40. In the 2012 year-end DVD
roundup, BC on TV rated We re the Millers the fourth best comedy of 2013
but, many months and several repeat viewings later, it would move up to
at least second, with only This is 40 capable of being declared better -- and
even that would be unsure. Beautifully written (even the guffaw-inducing
jokes are actually layered subtly), jam-packed with internal organ-losing
laughs, masterfully directed and featuring immaculate performances from
all four lead actors -- and all the supporting actors, too -- this is comedy at,
or near, its best. As a lagniappe, Jennifer Aniston plays the part of a stripper.
Keep watching to the very end of the credits for the extended version of one
of the funniest scenes.
Bigger Stronger Faster---The Side Effects of Being American (Chris Bell/
2008/ USA/ Documentary / 105 mins/ PG-13 for thematic material involving
drugs, language, some sexual content and violent images), 3.55 pm Tuesday
Sundance. Watch this if you liked Super Size Me, Maxed Out or Sicko. Chris
Bell s poignant, starkly honest and rigorously balanced examination of the
American obsession with steroids is documentary filmmaking at its best.
Compelling, touching to the point of heartbreak and immaculately scripted
and directed, it throws in the best documentary soundtrack BC on TV has
ever heard (with apologies to The Last Waltz and Dave Chappelle s Block
Party); well worth leaving work early for.
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Scheduled
Internet times often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt January 25, 2015
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
Makeda Thomas, an award-winning dancer and
choreographer, started the Dance & Performance
Institute because, she told the Guardian in 2012,
she saw a "vibrant conversation around visual arts,
writing, and film. But dance was not part of that
Celebrating its fifth anniversary this month, the
institute has become one of the most important facil-
itators of conversation between dancers in T&T,
between local and foreign dancers, and between
dancers and other artists and creative thinkers.
The institute s first initiative was its Artist in Res-
idence programme. Thomas put up the programme s
guests at her home. Since the start, 30 dancers and
scholars from around the world have participated.
The artists in residence are given freedom and
flexibility once their topic of research contributes to
the understanding of dance in T&T. Topics have
included "the intersections of dance and architecture",
"hip hop dance in the Caribbean", and "contemporary
dance in the Caribbean".
The New Waves Institute, started in 2011, brings
international and local dancers together for classes,
workshops and performances. Among the perform-
ances are pieces from the institute s Local Dance
Commission Programme and its International Chore-
ographer s Commissioning Programme.
"I ll ... never forget that first day of the first New
Waves in 2011, as I looked around the room full of
incredible international dance colleagues and the
generous participants who made the realisation of
New Waves possible through their presence," said
Thomas, as she reflected on the past five years.
The institute aims to produce work that pushes
social conversation. Trinidadian choreographer Sonja
Dumas s contemporary work Strange Tale of an Island
Shade was chosen for the Local Dance Commission
in 2013. It used dance, song and projected text to
explore issues of race, shade and class in T&T.
The previous year the International Choreographer
Commissioning Programme featured Indian-American
Ananya Chatterjea, whose work Moreechika looked
at how oil exploration and the greed of oil companies
were harming poor communities in developing coun-
tries and how some members of these communities
were fighting back.
The institute is given dance and rehearsal space
at UTT s Napa. In exchange, full scholarships are
granted to UTT dance students to participate in the
institute. This year New Waves will hold a scholarship
audition for dancers 18-25 on March 14 at Napa.
This, its fifth year, is a time of transition for the
institute. The Artist in Residence programme will be
suspended for two years while the institute goes
ahead with plans for a permanent centre that includes
"living space for artists in residence, dance studios,
and performance space".
The New Waves programme is also set to become
biennial but will take place this year---from July 22
to August 1---before taking the following year off.
"Biennial frequency offers the time and space nec-
essary to make each iteration of New Waves truly
amazing---to cultivate meaningful partnerships, raise
funds, and develop our programming," the institute
explains on its Web site.
The commissioned projects this year will come
out of collaboration with Dancing While Black, a
New York-based initiative to gives black dancers and
choreographers opportunities to develop and present
work. The collaboration will see the development of
work by Caribbean dance artists.
The Carnival Performance Institute is usually held
during the T&T Carnival season and incorporates
Carnival art into a series of workshops, courses and
discussions. However, this year the Carnival Per-
formance Institute will take place in May. ---Erline
Five years of pushing
The original Planet of the Apes still holds up.
No monkey business, this
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