2019 – Banff Center Distributed Identities Residency
Photo Credits: Jessica Wittman
Open Studio at the Banff Centre during the Distributed Identities residency with Deanna Bowen and Brendan Fernandes.
The wall text (Transcription) and digital drawings in light boxes and the large scroll (Migrant Technology) are a decolonised language I developed to describe my father’s contributions to technology which remain in secret due to corporate/colonial/copyright law. As a Black man in fintech, his voice, intellectual accomplishments and successes are owned by a corporation. This work is a critique on how institutions in structurally, financially and socially reproduce the slave economy.
My aesthetic is provisional and calculated, honouring my family and ancestors with each placement of fabric or line drawn.
The fabric wall sculptures are representations of culture through the use of simulacra. These fabrics are all facsimiles of the cultures to which they refer and yet it is still possible to create new cultural aesthetics out of them, a metaphorical methodology for the mixing of people in the Caribbean.
I gratefully acknowledge the support of Canada Council for the Arts
I gratefully acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council