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Monday, September 04, 2006

Visibly Absent: Banana Monologues, by Sabrina Charran

At the core of Galvanize is "Visibly Absent", a series of nine artists' projects. This is the sixth in a series of notes on each artist and his or her project.

sabrina charran banana monologues

From Sabrina Charran's Banana Monologues--work in progress

Bio: Sabrina Charran recently graduated from the University of the West Indies, St Augustine. She has a keen interest in drawing, in graphic design, and in architecture, as well as psychoanalysis, human geography, and urbanism. Charran placed first and was awarded the prize for most outstanding art student in the Women in Art Biennial Art Competition. She was awarded UWI's Leroy Clarke Trophy for Excellence in Art in 2002 and the Eastman-Christensen Visual Arts Award for Excellence in 2005.

Banana Monologues: This project is a body of work comprising installation, posters, and photography. Through a combination of graphic illustrations, found objects, and Polaroid pictures, it develops a narrative based on neurotic bananas speaking up from a capitalist "bananaist" standpoint against their oppressor -- the artist. The subjects, the bananas, voice their opinions about their subjection to the artist's still-life paintings and their exploitation in the local art market. In their protests, some bananas are depicted with expiry dates; others claim that "the artist is the enemy". It is a satirical work which aims to appeal to a general audience.

Banana Monologues will run from 15 to 27 September, 2006, at various locations in and around Port of Spain.


Anonymous Lychelle said...

Thats really a piece of art... simple yet straight to the point... you immediately connect with the art itself....

12:42 AM, October 10, 2006  
Blogger Nicholas said...

"Sometimes we may not like to hear the truth but it will always be the it make me wonder if those in charge of feeding the public eye will actually approve of this comments..." [sic]

--So wrote an anonymous commenter on this post, in the process of responding to Sabrina Charran's work.

Comments on the Galvanize blog are moderated. We're very happy for our readers to respond to the work of the artists, writers, musicians, and others who are part of the Galvanize project. But we will not publish comments that are not signed. Anonymous criticism is fundamentally unfair to the artists who have made the effort and summoned the nerve to put their work before "the public eye".

So the question is not whether "those in charge" of the blog "approve" of this or any other comment. The question is whether Anonymous feels strongly enough about "the truth" to repost his or her comments with a name appended.

I hope he or she does.

Nicholas Laughlin

3:09 PM, October 18, 2006  

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