Guyana: Moray House Trust Report: Nov-Dec 2014

Moray House Trust Report: Nov-Dec 2014

  • Photographic slideshow by Karran Sahadeo and Roshana Mahadeo
  • Conversation between Stanley Greaves and Rupert Roopnarine  
  • Overview of the work of Wilson Harris
  • Christmas Concert at Moray House Trust
  • Moray House Trust Magazine Ku’wai launched
  • Photographic slideshow by Ryan Dos Santos
  • Edgar Mittelholzer – lecture by Dr Juanita Cox Westmaas

Photographic slideshow by Karran Sahadeo and Roshana Mahadeo

Moray House

Photo of house, Photographer: Roshana Mahadeo

Our programme for November began with another photographic slideshow. The two local photographers whose work was featured this occasion were Karran Sahadeo and Roshana Mahadeo.

Roshana’s presentation, “Journey through the Lens,” described how her love of photography inspired her to develop from, in her words, “just a person with a camera” to photo hobbyist to professional photographer.

Her ‘Journey’ showed several aspects of her work: landscapes, seascapes, people and architecture. Karran is a multimedia artist interested in the dynamic between representation and recollection. Karran’s presentation, “Photography and Memory” was about the relationship between memory and technology and how what we remember is not always what we capture on camera, on film or by some other means.

Conversation between Stanley Greaves and Rupert Roopnarine  

Stanley Greaves, Rupert Roopnaraine in conversation Photo by  Nikhil Ramkarran

Stanley Greaves, Rupert Roopnaraine in conversation Photo by Nikhil Ramkarran

In mid-November Moray House Trust was honoured to host a conversation between Stanley Greaves and Rupert Roopnaraine. Greaves, at 80, still one of Guyana’s most prolific and versatile artists, recently launched an exhibition at Castellani House, “Dialogue with Wilson Harris”. Rupert Roopnaraine has been an attentive observer of Stanley Greaves’ oeuvre for several decades and has written extensively about it, including the acclaimed study, ‘Primacy of the Eye.’ Stanley’s works of art formed the major topic of the evening’s discussion. As part of its mission to promote local culture, Moray House Trust has held a series of similar events, all moderated by Miles Fitzpatrick.

Overview of the work of Wilson Harris

A week or so later, the Trust hosted an overview of some of the work of Wilson Harris by Dr Joyce Jonas with extracts read by Paloma Mohamed, Russel Lancaster, Stanley Greaves, Vanda Radzik and Michella Ali.

“We belong to a short-lived family and people. It’s so easy to succumb and die. It’s the usual thing in this country as you well know.” Thus speaks Donne, a character in one of Harris’ early novels, “Palace of the Peacock.”

Messengers Music Ministry, Christmas Concert

Messengers Music Ministry, Christmas Concert

Christmas Concert at Moray House Trust

On the first Friday in December we held our traditional Christmas concert, expertly organised and hosted by Russel Lancaster. Performers included the Messengers Music Ministry, the Whaul sisters, Georgetown Chamber Chorus, Jennifer Thomas, guitarist Hubert Norville, Andrew Tyndall, violinist Chie Clarke, Winslow Patterson and Mark-Luke Edwards.

 

Moray House Trust Magazine Ku’wai launched

KUWAI

Ku’wai Magazine

 

   Ku’wai Issue 1 December 2014 | Moray House Trust

The first edition of our magazine, Ku’wai, was launched at the concert. Copies of Ku’wai are available for collection at Moray House Trust. For those a little further afield, the magazine can be viewed online at:

http://www.morayhousetrust.com/publications/kuwai-issue-1-december-2014/

    

Photographic slideshow by Ryan Dos Santos

Amerindian Girl, Photographer: Bryan Gomes

Amerindian Girl, Photo by: Bryan Gomes

December’s photographic slideshow featured Ryan Dos Santos, who describes himself as a photographer at heart and an IT consultant to ‘pay the bills’. Ryan presented ‘Dreamscapes’, a tour of different aspects of Guyanese life. Ryan‘s interest in photography started many years ago on a trip to Rupununi with some friends and a small, borrowed camera. The beauty of the Iwokrama forest and the experience of bursting out into the savannah at Annai had a strong impact on him. He took as many photos as possible on the trip, and, soon after, he bought his own small camera and has not stopped taking photographs since. Bryan Gomes’ presentation, ‘Found my passion, seeking direction’ explored how photography had allowed him to reconnect with a dormant artistic side of his character.

Edgar Mittelholzer – lecture by Dr Juanita Cox Westmaas

Dr Juanita Cox Westmaas

Dr Juanita Cox Westmaas

Edgar Mittelholzer was born in New Amsterdam on 16th December 1909. On Tuesday 16th December 2014, Moray House Trust hosted a lecture by Dr Juanita Cox Westmaas to commemorate his life and work. In her talk, entitled “In the Eye of the Storm, Edgar Mittelholzer 1909-1965”, Dr Cox Westmaas traced the arc of Mittelholzer’s career as a writer and the reception his work received among readers and critics.

Mittelholzer was one of the first West Indians whose work was published and widely read in the northern hemisphere. His early novels are characterised by West Indian themes and settings and earned him a reputation in the metropolis as a writer of some stature. Ironically though, once he shifted his critical gaze to English and European themes and settings, the same critics were less enamoured of his efforts. Dr Cox Westmaas described the extraordinary range and depth of Mittelholzer’s oeuvre and made a strong case for it to be re-examined by readers everywhere.

This event concluded Moray House Trust’s programme for 2014.

Moray House Trust Website: http://www.morayhousetrust.com/

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