Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 5th 2015 Contents with a number of street artists, singing
coconut man, musicians, a contor-
tionist, and Campbell himself as
"Actor Boy" all in white with a white
mask, handed out masks of geodesic
It was one of the more abstract
pieces in the exhibit and left many
questions about Campbell s artistic
Nicolás Dumit Estévez, a Bronx-
based artist from the Dominican
Republic, in an exhibit area of photos
and a video, reflected a private cer-
emony rooted in Dominican Vodou
traditions which occurred at the edge
of 2014 Carnival when he returned
home to his village Santiago de los
As exhibition curator Tancons notes,
the ceremony is transformative and
unsettling, "an array of previously
utilitarian elements (kitchen utensils,
bathroom wares, and bedroom appar-
el, alongside organic refuses) trans-
formed into adornments (overturned
sifters became hats; hollowed orange
peels, goggles; netted hats, face veils;
clothespins, ear and nose pincers; thin
stockings, long arm gloves)."
In Looking for a Headpiece, the
conceptual artist Lorraine O Grady
seeks to take the viewer into a med-
itation of the artist seeking inspiration
by looking into footage of Brooklyn
Carnival and other footage, looking
for a headpiece with her commentary.
Just outside the exhibit is a range
of books on Carnival and classic
footage by Jules Cahn of New Orleans
Mardi Gras Indians shot on the streets
back in the 1970s.
Carnival cannot just be the latest
versions of encrusted bikinis, it must
carry on complex traditions, find new
ways to reinvent itself, stay relevant
and vibrant, seek to unbalance the
status quo, and return to the root pol-
itics of Carnival itself.
The richness of mas traditions has
always looked to individuals and small
bands who bring unique visions, new
creativity, bring surprise and delight,
indeed the totally unexpected.
This exhibit is a fascinating explo-
ration of how performance artists seek
to unsettle and engage with Carnival
as the resonant chord.
• Ray Funk is a retired Alaskan judge
who is passionately devoted to calypso,
pan and mas.
Renee Williams, make-up artist and
Carnival costume designer is a US cit-
izen born in Miami to Trini parents,
who moved to Trinidad many years
ago with her family.
At Holy Name Convent, Port-of-
Spain, Williams discovered her talent
as an art student and focused almost
exclusively on its pursuit.
After school, she considered several
interests including culinary arts, but
finally settled on make-up artistry after
her mother encouraged her to go on a
make-up short course.
"I realised I was good at make up
because it incorporates drawing the
facial structure, and I mixed colours
Williams pursued make up for a while
and during this time, she developed a
customer relationship with CAFD
alumni designer Synovia Francis, from
whom she learned about the UTT fash-
ion programme and the sketching for
Williams was eventually encouraged
by her father to consider entering the
CAFD programme to increase her value
as a make-up artist by acquiring addi-
tional skills which could be used in the
general beauty industry.
"I didn t know how to sew, and I
didn t know anything about fashion,"
"But my Dad said that since I already
work in the creative field, I could
enhance my skills and get people to
hire me. Like, if I m at a photoshoot,
I m not just a make-up artist, I know
how to hem something or take in a
garment. I could definitely increase my
value, so I was okay with entering the
Kaleen Sanois, is another student
with strong family ties to tailoring
through her father and grandfather. A
graduate of South East Port-of-Spain,
Sanois always liked sewing. During the
last few years of secondary school,
Sanois took up sewing more frequently,
especially for her friends through bold
experimentation, trial and error and
instinct. It was her mother who even-
tually suggested the UTT CAFD pro-
gramme and got Sanois interested.
In spite of her success in getting
accepted to the CAFD, Sanois reflected
on her less-focused moments, specif-
ically those just prior to entering the
programme, when post-secondary
school partying interfered with her abil-
ity to secure passes on her year one
and year two courses.
"I failed probably four courses in my
first CAFD semester," she recalled.
However, Sanois was able to recover.
The turning point, she acknowledged,
was in comparing herself to her class-
"It was in the second half of my sec-
ond year, I realised that, I don t know
anything and I needed to get it together.
I didn t want to be the one black sheep
in the class that s failing everything,
for no reason."
Sanois eventually began excelling in
her third and fourth years at CAFD and
is now one of the top five students of
the graduating class.
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