SOCIAL MEDIA

26.5.15

Leroy Clarke's "Haiti... Cries Everywhere"










There are a few elders in the Trinidadian arts who have left significant impressions on me since childhood. One of these men and women at whose feet I would be humbled and honoured to sit is Leroy Clarke, master artist, writer, philospher, poet. When I think of a life lived with purpose, his easily comes to mind. He has long dedicated his work to the healing of the black person and the Caribbean person. 
" Haiti...Cries Everywhere" a series of drawings begun in 1989, carries on this tradition.
Here an excerpt from the Trinidad Express, which puts into words Baba Clarke's vision of/for this particular body of work.

"...When he says Haiti, he does not just want to conjure up the image of the country Haiti. 

He has used it as metaphor for crying, not just in Haiti, but in all the world. 

It is a symbol of humanity's cry, it is a symbol of the way we treat each other. 

He also chose Haiti because historically it has been trampled by everybody in the world...he pauses and says with a wry smile...every bitch and they brother. 

It is an echo of the death of the world, but it is also an ode to life. You see, he adds earnestly, people believe an ode is pretty, pretty, but it is also about truth. This is why he has chosen to do the Haiti series in black paint on white canvas. This is because the drawings are declarations and all declarations are meant in black and white. You can't get more legal than black and white. To have a truth declared in black and white is to take responsibility and at the same time to be made responsible..."

            Photography Credit: Kyle Walcott
Thank you to the National Museum of Trinidad & Tobago 
for your hospitality.