Trinidad and Tobago
Yao Ramesar, one of the most accomplished directors in the Caribbean, has created over 120 films on the people, history, and culture of Trinidad and Tobago, and has screened in more than 100 countries. Ramesar holds a B.A in Film Production and an M.F.A in Film Directing from Howard University (Washington D.C). He returned to Trinidad to teach and develop indigenous cinema. He is a lecturer in Film at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and is currently filming in Haiti as part of his doctoral research for a PhD in Cultural Studies.
The overarching methodology for this show seeks to use the multiple platforms of new internet technologies. This process is a way in which to "dissolve the boundaries" which have separated art practices around the globe. These shows in the Tate's Oil Tanks allow us an opportunity to participate in a collaborative exhibition in London, with us in the Caribbean. Trinidad & Haiti - Visual Art Exchanges comes out of an 18-month series of exchanges and on-going conversations among the seven of us who are participating. Johnson, Ramesar and Kain from Trinidad, and Ambroise, Ernst, Craft and Faublas from Jacmel Haiti. Our seven interconnected bodies of work being presented range from film, sculpture, craft, drawing, painting and recuperated found materials. They centre on investigations in the context of Haiti, merging a view through a Trinidadian lens, with a Haitian visual language which speaks back to the viewer. This exchange has enabled critical conversations which continue to inform our art practices on both islands.