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It s no secret the Kar-
dashian family loves fash-
ion. They have a women s
clothing line called Kar-
dashian Kollection at Sears,
Dash boutiques in Los An-
geles, Miami and New York,
and have now launched a
clothing line at Babies R Us
stores called Kardashian
Kids. If you have a baby boy,
though, you re out of luck.
The line is just for baby girls
up to 24 months.
She s "obsessed with
boys clothes" but found "it
was easier to just start with
girls," said Kourtney Kar-
dashian while promoting
the venture in New York on
She also gives a thumbs-
up to the new Vogue maga-
zine cover picturing sister
Kim embraced by her hus-
band-to-be, Kanye West.
Vogue editor Anna Win-
tour called the cover
"charming and touching."
On Wednesday evening on
Roberts Street, Woodbrook,
an ear-splitting mix of
sounds is blaring out of a pimped-
out sports car parked in the middle
of the road opposite Alice Yard.
Painted luminous green, the
doors are opened out in all direc-
tions like the Batmobile, the enor-
mous engine and sound system
seem to occupy half of the interior,
and police officers as well as invited
guests peer inside trying to figure
out if it s art or just a coincidence.
It s an art-performance-instal-
lation called Sound System, an
audio collaboration by 12 different
artists, featuring their recorded
voices looped over what sounds
like a mash-up of techno, chutney
soca and samba.
There are eight cars in total,
parked up outside.
Later, artist Christopher Cozier
tells the crowd during his award
acceptance speech that the cars
were driven up from Chaguanas by
car club enthusiasts with a passion
for fast and loud cars, the Suspex
Auto Club. The music is the result
of 12 years of accumulating different
In a corner of Alice Yard, guests
are invited to stand on a conceptual
piece devised in collaboration with
Shaun Rambaran---a simple wooden
box with the words "Made in
China" etched into it---while a pho-
tographer takes pictures of their
feet against the white backdrop.
Along the roof and skirting of
the house and on a big screen
against a wall, psychedelic anima-
tions created by Nadia Huggins,
Rodell Warner and North Eleven
are projected in a continual loop.
Cozier has become the third
Trinidadian to receive the Prince
Claus Award, after Peter Minshall
and the calypsonian Chalkdust.
Cozier took the opportunity to
throw a party, a typically experi-
mental art event, at Alice Yard, the
creative hub that he co-founded,
and the place which largely won
him the award. A space for nur-
turing young artists, it is a physical
manifestation of a generosity of
spirit rarely seen in the competitive
world of contemporary arts.
Prince Claus Award programme
co-ordinator Iranian-born Fariba
Derakhshani visited Port-of-Spain
to personally honour him.
In an exclusive T&T Guardian
interview with Cozier and Der-
akhshani the day before the event,
Derakhshani told me: "A lot of
artists are inwards-facing. They
are, Me, myself and I.
"Chris doesn t work for himself.
As an individual he is so generous
to other artists. Many have told me
that if it was not for Chris providing
this space and platform and intro-
ducing them to other people, they
wouldn t have achieved what they
Cozier recently held his first
exhibition in Trinidad for 13 years
at Y Gallery in Woodbrook.
Born in Belmont and raised in
Diego Martin, he recalls approach-
ing older artists for advice in the
80s before the Internet and inter-
The negative responses he got
made him think: "I never want any-
body to say the things about me
that I might say about (artists in)
that moment. It was like Mad Max
back then. Trinidad was a kind of
graveyard of creative ambition, and
people behaved like that."
Thanks to him and others like
him, creativity in the arts is now
thriving, but still he feels regional
artists are shunned for looking
"Writers and sportsmen are con-
gratulated for positioning them-
selves internationally, whereas the
artists are punished for it."
In the wider picture, it appears
Caribbean artists are punished by
the international market simply for
being Caribbean artists. Recognition
like this award helps bring together
the variously developed worlds in
a metaphysical space known as the
Kourtney Kardashian talks up new kids line
Kim Kardashian and
Kanye West appearing
on the cover of the
April edition of Vogue.
Continues on Page B2
the crowd at the
Alice Yard event,
held to honour
Cozier with the
Award, cast a
shadow on an
JAMIE LEE LOY
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