Changing the world: Perspectives on the Caribbean diaspora

Saturday 6 October, 13.00–16.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre

This afternoon will reflect on 50 years of independence for Jamaica and Trinidad with a screening and discussion of Horace Ové’s film Dream to Change the World, a film concerned with making movies, activism and the arts.

The day will also look at evolution in the transatlantic space and the contemporary – what artists are saying about African Caribbean heritage today. There will be an online presentation of digital films including African/Caribbean Diasporans, who will talk about their new work, their aesthetics and the politics of today. This will be followed by African Caribbean British (Black) artists Zak Ové and Marlene Smith talking about the layers of their identity after independence and how their work interacts with the changing world of the diaspora, everyday life and escapism.

13.00 – Introduction: contextualising the changing concerns of two generations of artists from Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, in the year of the 50th anniversary of the islands’ independence.

13.15 – Screening of Dream to Change the World (a tribute to John La Rose) dir. Horace Ové (2003)

14.45 – Online presentation showing digital films with Chris Ofili (Nigerian heritage, born in Birmingham, now living in Trinidad), Christopher Cozier (Trinidad/ Canada), Ebony G Patterson (Jamaica/ USA) and Kimanthi Donkor (UK) talking about their new work, their aesthetics and politics of today.

15.15 – Discussion with Zak Ové (artist and film-maker) and Marlene Smith (artist and one of the originators of the Blk Art Group) reflecting on their practice and how their Trinidadian and Jamaican heritage respectively has informed their work. Chaired by Dionne C. Walker.

Programme curated by Dionne C. Walker

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