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IGDS Lunchtime Seminar with Maria Nunes - A World of Their Own

Posted Tuesday, September 11, 2018


The Institute for Gender & Development Studies (IGDS) presents a Lunchtime Seminar with photographer and producer Maria Nunes who will discuss her 200+ page book of photographs taken over a decade of documenting traditional Trinidad Carnival – In A World of Their Own.

The seminar takes place September 26 from noon at the IGDS Seminar Room. To view a printable flyer, please click here.

About the topic

In A World of Their Own is a 200+ page book of photographs taken over a decade of documenting traditional Trinidad Carnival. The book features over 300 colour and black and white images, a lyrical essay by Shivanee Ramlochan contributes ideas of document, archive and memory, the words of several of the mas makers pictured in the book provide invaluable insight into the wonder of Trinidad Carnival, and excerpts from interviews conducted by Nunes with key Carnival figures, all make up the book. Interviewees include, Adrian Young, Alan Vaughan, Anderson Patrick, Darlington ‘Boysie’ Henry, Desmond Noel, Etienne Charles, Kemoi Harper, Lionel Jagessar Senior, Narcenio ‘Señor’ Gomez, Narrie Approo, Ronald Alfred, Shynel Brizan, Steffano Marcano, Stephanie Kanhai, Tekel ‘Salti’ Sylvan, Tracey Sankar-Charleau, and Wendell Manwarren. In a World of Their Own is not just a book of photographs, but an invitation to the reader to look and think beyond the apparent surface. It is a formidable collection of Nunes’ stunning and sensitively made photographs of dreamers and makers, from her unique perspective inside Trinidad Carnival. Through her lens, we enter yards and living rooms as traditions are passed on and skills are honed, we see ideas develop and costumes come to life. We take to stages, gayelles and streets, through the unfolding days of Carnival, reveling in all of the beauty, darkness, light, and colour of transcendental performances.

About the Speaker

Maria Nunes is a photographer and producer with special interest in the documentation of cultural heritage and the work of performing artists through both still images and film making.  She is in her element when immersed in capturing imagery of the traditional carnival arts or in documenting the creative process of artists. Maria recently launched her first book "In a World of Their Own, Carnival Dreamers and Makers" published by Robert and Christopher Publishers. 

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