"Africans contributed the most to the color and lively sounds of Carnival Festivals in the Americas. They had fun making fun of life's problems as they mocked slave holders."
About The Artist
Artist Statement The works I am presenting are a representation from several communities of people of Africa origins. Majority of my works are from travel and study of people who came to the Americas on the same boat but taken off in different places. In a like Uruguay the Black population is hidden until February when they have the Drum Festival. The population maybe be sparse but the carnival is based on African many Uruguayan airbrush wonderful decor on their faces. Dominica a small natural Island also in the Caribbean also has a wonderful colorful festival every February. While in the Caribbean I have also have the opportunity to photography the most well-known carnival in the Americas Trinidad. There they have a children and adult carnival. Carnival does not limit itself to February but has been celebrated in Cuba during July which in recognition of their revolution. In Santiago De Cuba the eastern end of Cuba daily you can visit the carnival museum and catch colorful dance. In Brooklyn NY for Labor Day one can all attend the colorful West Indian Parade. Carnival is a celebration that has been celebrate in many places for the pleasure of releasing one selves from the hardship of life and to make fun of those who tried to enslave their mind.
Bio Being a self-taught photographer I have taken the of photo documenting the African Diaspora for the past 20 years. Having travel to Afro-Latino communities in Central and South America and the Caribbean. I have taught photo in Anacostia, Cuba and recently in Uganda. Teaching young people the importance of documenting family and community through their own eyes.My works have been exhibited in Nation wide also in Africa and Cuba. My works have also appeared in Smithsonian publications as well as local publication in Washington DC.
I have been awarded the Mayor's Art Award in DC as well as being name East of the River Artist of the year in 2014