Issue 23 is long overdue; so to make up for lost time, we have a stellar, chocka collection of work! We’re delighted to welcome Switch first timers, Barbadian artist, Versia Harris with her whimsical digital swans, and our fellow Trini, Horacio Hospedales, with his Instagram explorations. We’re grateful to Andre Bagoo, Kriston Chen, Sharon Millar, Shivanee Ramlochan and photographer, Arnaldo James, for sharing their experiments in poetry and images with us. And we have spreads of congratulations for Christopher Cozier, Gerard H. Gaskin and Kei Millar, all of whom have had wonderful successes with their work recently. Thanks so much to designer Nadia Huggins, for her layered and complex design of this issue. Enjoy!
Can you believe it’s mid-September already? Good grief! Where has the year gone? September means fantastic things here in Trinidad and Tobago, as it’s film festival month! So, for the first time, this year we’ve collaborated with the folks at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival on a piece about the art of the film poster.
Publisher: Richard Mark Rawlins richardmarkrawlinsdesign.com Editor:Mariel Brown marielbrown.com Guest Designer: Damian Libert. Additional photography provided by the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival
and The National Gallery of Jamaica
Editor: Mariel Brown Guest Designer: Tanya Marie Williams Melanie Archer, Kibwe Brathwaite, Marsha Pearce, Richard Mark Rawlins
Boy! 2012 was one helluva year for art in Trinidad and Tobago! Thinking back on it, I can scarcely remember such a profusion of riches! And our regular contributor, Marsha Pearce comments on the year in art. We have Marsha working real hard this issue, as she also reviews Alex Smailes’ recently concluded exhibition, “Alex Smailes: 10”. We’re delighted to be showing new work made speci cally for Switch by Brianna Mc Carthy, who we challenged to take inspiration from speci c works by poet, Olive Senior and jeweller, Jasmine Thomas-Girvan. (For one of her major exhibitions, “Gardening in the Tropics”, Thomas- Girvan referenced Senior’s poem of the same name.) Designer, Kriston Chen, creates a layout for a poem by Andre Bagoo, and photo essays by Kibwe Brathwaite and Arnaldo James illustrate two unique facets of Trinidad: our night life and the steel pan movement. A big thanks to Tanya Marie Williams for designing this issue of Switch, and to all our brilliant contributors.
publisher RICHARD RAWLINS editor MARIEL BROWN
MARIEL BROWN on Architect Colin Laird and his PUBLIC SPACES 4 WELCOME to the NIGHT GALLERY! 8 RICHARD RAWLINS • DAVE WILLIAMS CAUTIONARY CARIBBEAN TALES/ WE THEIFTING FROM WE SELF 16 MARSHA PEARCE on PICTURES FROM PARADISE 22
ANDRE BAGOO on Ian Harnarine’s DOUBLES WITH SLIGHT PEPPER 26
Photography: Christopher Cozier, Nicholas Laughlin, Damian Libert, Richard M. Rawlins,
Georgia Popplewell Rodell Warner Mariel Brown Marlon Darbeau
Artzpub Identity Tanya Williams
Alice Yard, based in Port of Spain, draws on the long tradition of communal “yard” spaces in urban Trinidad, places of improvisation and exchange; and on the model of the Carnival mas camp, in which individual creative practitioners pool their ideas, techniques, and energy. Alice Yard is also a model for using participatory online media in Caribbean creative initiatives. It is at once a physical space, a collaborative network, and an ongoing conversation about contemporary art and creativity in this region.
Cover: Detail from EROTICION “O” modified off of Marlon Darbeau’s Eroticon Work by Tanya Williams. Contributors: DESIGNER EDITOR Richard Rawlins, WRITERS Indra Ramcharan, Darryn Boodan, Richard Mark Rawlins, Rea McNamara PHOTOGRAPHY Rodell Warner, and Richard Mark Rawlins
Erotic Art week is a unique annual art festival that was conceived by a collective of visual, graphic and performing artists living in Trinidad & Tobago. 2010 was its second year of the Caribbean’s rst Erotic Art Week which ran under the theme “Wider”, expanding on last year’s theme “Open”. The committee is Choreographer, Dave Williams Artist Christian Alexis; Architect Terry Smith; Photographer Rodell Warner; Writer Darryn Boodan; and Designers Richard Rawlins and Marlon Darbeau. This 14th issue of Draconian Switch captures some of those moments…