Come out and support my curatorial debut with the artist Jonathan Joseph on Saturday, April 9th from 330-830pm. Be sure to visit: boyandsheep.com to learn more about the artist!
At the end of July I had the pleasure of viewing the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, St. Lucia. It was given the honorary status of a Minor Basilica on 11 May 1999 as part of the centenary celebrations. Besides the stunning architecture, the interior design stunned and enthralled me! The interior is decorated by St. Lucian artist and National Cultural hero, Dunstan St. Omer (more information on him can be found here).
Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015 of Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, St. Lucia.
Upon entering the Domino Sugar Factory a load of emotions took control of my body. From the smell to the momentous sculptures I had sensory overload. Within my two trips there it was definitely a special feeling that emerged being amongst the space, especially when looking at the Sphinx. That special feeling was one of reverence for the ancestors, awe and shock to be in the space and finally immense gratitude to be able to experience the installation in my lifetime. Moreover, I was sad, reflective and in awe during my visit.
The most distinct reflection was that of my grandmother telling me stories about her relatives that worked the sugar plantation fields in Jamaica. My grandmother always mentioned how integral sugar was to my ancestry with my Indian and African ancestors coming to work the plantations and lay down the railroad tracks to transport the sugar out of the country. To then see sugar in all of its contradictory glory was astounding. I felt a deep connection in the space and will be forever grateful for the experience.
I also deeply pondered: Why is sugar only refined when turned white?
Being amongst a wonderful community during “We Are Here” helped add more depth to my experience, and I enjoyed speaking with the community of people of color present on June 22nd. Here is the tumblr for more information: weareherekwe.tumblr.com
This exhibition reflects a monumental moment in history. “Walker’s gigantic temporary sugar-sculpture speaks of power, race, bodies, women, sexuality, slavery, sugar refining, sugar consumption, wealth inequity, and industrial might that uses the human body to get what it needs no matter the cost to life and limb” (Creative Time curatorial statement).
Set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn—a community that continues to experience a deep physical and mental erasure of recent history— this exhibition provides a chance for its thousands of daily visitors to reflect on this history before the old factory space is replaced by high rises.
Let us gather to experience this important work, together.
FREE + all are welcome!
*Arrive at 2pm (Sun. June 22) and enjoy/build community while in line.
*This event is organized collectively, and is unaffiliated with Kara Walker and Creative Time.
During my trip to Detroit, Michigan I had the wonderful opportunity to visit The Heidelberg Project. In Detroit’s East Side The Heidelberg Project, founded by artist Tyree Guyton, is an art environment that is full of symbolism through color, shape and design. For more information on all the work they do, visit their website!