Exhibition at Barbados Museum and Historical Society, The Garrison, St. Michael, Barbados

Opens 28 July 2009.

Uncover, Recover, Discover

We must confront what we remember and why we forget.
The time has come to celebrate the heritage we possess,
mourn what has been lost,
uncover the obscured,
recover the endangered
and discover the hidden.

UNESCO took the initiative in 1992 to create the Memory of the World Programme to guard against collective amnesia. Its premise is that the world's documentary heritage belongs to us all, and therefore should be preserved, protected and permanently accessible to everyone.

Heritage is not a luxury. It is integral to the protection of all human rights as laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). It is the foundation from which the values and practices of local communities are understood, respected, encouraged and accommodated. Without this respect our future heritage resources will not be sustained. Local communities need to have a sense of ownership of their heritage. This reaffirms their worth as a community, their ways of going about things, their culture.

This exhibition, to coincide with Barbados hosting the annual meeting of the International Advisory Committee of the UNESCO Memory of the World programme, will feature original materials from Caribbean memories that have already been inscribed on the International Memory of the World Register :
- The Eric Williams Collection, Trinidad
- The C.L.R. James Collection, Trinidad
- The Derek Walcott Collection, Trinidad and
- The Documentary Heritage of Enslaved Peoples of the Caribbean, Barbados.

It is also a chance to see memorabilia of iconic figures from many fields including calypsonians Red Plastic Bag and Adrian Clarke; pioneering artist Francs Griffith; father of the nation Sir Grantley Adams and cricket legend and National Hero the Right Excellent Sir Garry Sobers.

In addition to curating the exhibition, The Barbados National Committee for the Memory of the World also asked artist Ingrid Persaud to make work on the theme of memory. The resulting film, Talkin’ Wid De Old Folks, features local children talking about their elderly relatives and provocative installation, Stroll Down Memory Lane, which raises questions about the many facets of memory, are also on view at the Barbados Museum.

1 comment:

Corrie Scott said...

Just back from seeing Ingrid Persaud's show at the Museum. As ever stimulating and thought provoking. From memory tiles on the floor, art, banners, video and records of our past. Go see it.