Artist Talk at Alice Yard

"Olatunji" featured at Alice Yard

“Olatunji” featured at Alice Yard

On August 3rd, 2012, the curators at Alice Yard, Port of Spain, offered me the opportunity to engage with a local (Trinidad and Tobago) audience about my ongoing project Black Power’s Inheritance.

This would be the first time that this project, although primarily created in and topical to Trinidad and Tobago, would be viewed publicly on my home shores. The images could be read by viewers who would not only be likely to identify individuals featured in the portraits, but who would also have an entirely different relationship to the gestures, style of dress, and décor captured in the environment of each shot, to my previous foreign audiences.

The creative team at Alice Yard encouraged me to experiment with reproducing the images at different scales. Eventually, the image, “Olatunji” – featuring a father and son – was printed approximately 5 feet high and served as the focal point of the exhibition.

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