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Performing Trinidad in Butetown: Carnival, Community and Belonging
Thu 30 March 2017, 13:00 – 14:00 BST
A seminar as part of the Borders & Bodies research theme at the School of Modern Languages, with guest speaker Dr Adeola Dewis.
This presentation engages my research into the Trinidad Carnival performance and its various crossings – including the crossing and translation of this performance in a Cardiff space. The focus is two-fold. Firstly it looks at Carnival performance from a Caribbean, mostly Trinidadian context. Here I engage ideas around identity and self re-presentation. Secondly I look at the translation of this research within the Butetown Community Carnival. Within this community space I existed in the awkward liminal space of indulging in spectacle and being very aware of my foreign-ness. This presentation considers the space often occupied by the artist, researcher, the challenges of acting within specific communities and key nuggets for engagement through Carnival’s performance activity.
Adeola Dewis is a Visual Artist and Researcher. Originally from Trinidad, Adeola completed PhD research at Cardiff University and graduated from the University of the West Indies in 2000 with First Class Honours in Visual Arts. Her current research is focussed on Trinidad Carnival performance and the translation of its self-empowering effects for art making and art presentation within the UK. This examination of the ways in which Carnival performance may be interpreted within art-making and presentation is geared towards empowering displaced peoples and generating accessibility to a form of experience traditionally only available to Carnival revellers.
Adeola has a strong interest in modes of transformation and in exploring ways of re-presenting self, especially in relation to performance. Adeola’s life and experiences as a mother/wife/immigrant have informed aspects of her practice and continues to contribute to the ways in which her work takes shape.
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