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Antigua and Barbuda

Find Yourself: Carnival and Resistance

Commissioner: Daryll Matthew, Minister of Sports, Culture, National Festivals and the Arts. 
Curator: Barbara Paca with Nina Khrushcheva. 
Exhibitors: Timothy Payne, Sir Gerald Price, Joseph Seton and Frank Walter and Marlon Jeffers; Intangible Cultural Heritage Artisans: Colin “Wanga” Martin, Sylvanie Abbott, Louraine Adams, Johnson Browne, Louise Edwards, Melissa Peters, Joycelyn Prince, Glenroy Richardson, Hazelyn Roberts, King Short Shirt, Barry Thomas; The Youth of Antigua and Barbuda.


Find Yourself: Carnival and Resistance explores Carnival in Antigua and Barbuda and its defiance, from religious traditions to opposing slavery to the present-day celebrations. Against the backdrop of photographs of beautiful people going about their everyday life, political will and the sovereignty of a soul is contrasted by towering mannequins clad in modern-day Carnival dress as a contemporary personification of strength. A carnivalesque world is flexible and accommodates shifting identities, which leads to introspection. Woven into the exhibition’s contemporary reworking of intangible cultural heritage and its stance against human exploitation is a message to challenge modern-day slavery and environmental inequality.
Across the globe, Carnival often stands as a microcosm of societal vulnerabilities. Visitors are invited to contemplate their respective societies and to find meaning in their own national forms of cultural expression.

Venezia, Dorsoduro 919
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