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Centre for Gender and Development Studies Regional Unit
The Emergence of a Caribbean iconography in the evolution of identity
Meeks, Brian; Lindahl, Folke
New Caribbean thought: A reader
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University of the West Indies Press
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Presents the formative stage of research that will attempt several related tasks. Author admits that the political project that it aims at is fuelled by several concerns. At this point it is a series of ideas cobbled together with inconclusive findings and apparent disconnections. The approach is first to find a grammar through which visual imagery can be interrogated in the Caribbean, thus directly and indirectly contributing to the discourse on art history in the Caribbean. Suggests that there is an emerging set of symbols and speculates that these represent a Caribbean iconography that contains the bases of identity creation. The inquiry is limited to the medium of painting, focusing specifically on the work of a few painters from the eighteenth century onwards. The idea of examining the meaning of gender through painting, another aspect of the research, began with an exhibition of the work of one of these painters, Agostino Brunias. Finally, the primary political aim of the project is to focus new lenses on the Caribbean and thus find new ways of seeing, writing, and thinking about the evolution of the Caribbean. ....