ChantiMedia: “A platform for the sharing and promotion of Caribbean creatives ( who we happen to think are uber cool) and their work!
To share and promote Caribbean art and culture through film, photography, exhibitions and workshops. Our view is progressive , our art is contemporary , our ethos is to give.”
A good friend & successful ChantiMedia founder of a super-cool exchange of Caribbean culture Chantal Miller put out a message via Facebook Twitter and email with regards to an upcoming project:
“We are entering pre-production mode for our exhibition on Caribbean women and their relationship with their bodies . We would love to speak with 20 women of Caribbean heritage ( residing in London) who are willing to be interviewed and photographed as participants of the exhibition. If you are interested ( or know someone who would be ) then please do send a message to our FB inbox or email us : firstname.lastname@example.org xoxo”
As a Uk-raised Caribbean woman, who herself uses dance and poetry to share Afro-Caribbean culture, I was compelled to get involved in some way. I often share my culture with individuals who may not have the opportunity to be exposed to it or better yet, like me raised in it. It is the lack of knowledge and misconceptions of cultural aspects of my upbringing that ChantiMedia will challenge and raise and it is this sharing that will bridge the gap between cultures which is my aim.
The human form has always been a focal point in my works since I was studying Fine Art at A-levels I realised it’s dominance in my work. My last academic year at university http://niquellelatouche.wordpress.com/reading-university-spring-assesment-2014/ concentrated on exploring and finding ways to document the pattern of movement created naturally from freestyle dance, I wanted to show dance outputted as ART, with the assistance of technology of course as that is what dance is to me. The relationship between body and mind is one that really intrigues me, especially from a female perspective. We are used to constant critique and magazines telling us we are too fat, thin, tall, short, our thighs wobble too much here, our hair is too thick, thin, curly, straight, we have good hair (whatever that bloody means), our teeth don’t look straight enough , our skin is too dark, light, oily…ahhh the list goes on forever but the point is WHAT DO WE THINK OF OURSELVES? This self critique and honest spillage of the dissatisfaction or hopefully self-gratification we may have with our own bodies, is a subject close to home and it would be very interesting to find out the answer to this question, particularly from the perspective of a woman of a similar ethnic background to myself.
From being around Chantal and seeing her visions and ideas that lay in her imagination coming to life and becoming extremely successful projects which are used and circulated on a mass scale is inspirational! Chantal is the most self-sacrificing woman I know, her art and what she believes NEEDS to be shared with the world, WILL BE. I do and will continue to support this creative until she decides to throw in the towel (which I seriously doubt) as being driven by the urge to give (I don’t mean be exploited by people who don’t appreciate your craft and wanting you to work for free), I mean to truly believe in your craft and your vision and sacrificing all in the process, just because you LOVE it, will get you farther as a freelance individual than anything else.
Very excited to be involved with ChantiMedia in this amazing exploration of the body… Just started brainstorming ideas for, choreography to be used in my new dance piece made specifically for this project. Definitely something different and new from me but still doing what I love to share.
Time to showcase the art form that is movement and the beauty of the human form.
The relationship between black Caribbean women and their bodies.
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