GUYANA SPEAKS – featuring Photography, Film and Identity – London UK – 25 March 2018

GUYANA SPEAKS … London UK – 25 March 2018

Download Flyer: GuyanaSpeaks March 2018 Flyer 

Firstly, many thanks for your continued support! Last month’s Guyana SPEAKS (Phenomenal Women: Adversity & Achievement) attracted a physical audience of over 90 people and an online audience of 4000+.   If anyone missed it or would like to see it again, please click on the following Facebook link:

This month’s forthcoming programme – Photography, Film and Identity – can be best described as a visual feast with discussions around the topic of photography as art, identity and socio-political protest.  We’ll be showcasing the work of Michael Lam, Deo Persaud and Jamain Gordon alongside a documentary video about the less well known parts of Guyana.

The programme will include folk songs presented by Leila Persaud and poetry readings from Ingrid Dover-Vidal’s debut collection of poetry, Make it Shine!  Ingrid’s book will be on sale for £8 (£7 for pensioners).  She will also be offering framed photos for £2.00.

For full details see below.  Meantime, please circulate the attached flyer amongst friends/family, and encourage any youngsters you know to attend. 

  • Sunday 25th March 2018. Tooting Bec. London UK
  • Doors 2pm | Programme 2.30pm-5pm
  • Guyanese food & snacks on sale.
  • To preorder food please contact the Classic
  • Admission £5.00 (inc. beverage) 

Tickets also available via Eventbrite link:

The ‘Speakers’: Bios

Deo Persaud was born in Guyana and grew up in Georgetown. He moved to the UK and worked in the NHS (1966-1975), before going on to become a technical specialist in adult and paediatric cardiology.  He developed a keen interest in documentary photography viewing it as witness to cultural and social practice, as well as a tool for socio-political change.  It was through photography that he sought to expose the brutal working conditions of cane cutters in Guyana’s sugar industry and expose the failure of successive governments to address the need for change.  Deo’s photographs and writings on the sugar industry will be presented by Dr Michelle Yaa Asantewa.


Michael C. Lam is a Guyanese-born and based photographer.  His influences include the work of Ansel Adams, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Darren Moore.  He sees photography as a means of artistic expression, a recording, but also an interpretation of what is, not what isn’t, included in the frame.  His locally and internationally exhibited works include: Coastal Wanderings (2012), Guyana Visual Arts Competition & Exhibition (2012, 2014 & 2017), VISIONS 2016 (Guyana), Un | Fixed Homeland – 2016 (NJ, USA), and Liminal Space – 2017 (NY, USA).  Guyana SPEAKS will present a video that has been specially produced by Michael for this programme.


Jamain Gordon is a Guyanese-born, London-based Fashion and Portraiture photographer.  He received his first camera (a Canon 1000f) at the age of ten and quickly developed an interest in photography as art and socio-cultural documentary.   Jamain, runner-up in the undergraduate single image category for 2017 Breakthrough Awards with BJP, was inspired to return to Guyana while studying at Farnham University for the Creative Arts.  This trip resulted in the production of One People, One Nation, One Destiny: a photographic memoire of the people he met and to whom he felt closely connected.  Jamain will share thoughts on his trip to Guyana and the motivations behind this body of work.

We look forward to welcoming you!

All the best,

Juanita Cox Westmaas

On behalf of Guyana SPEAKS

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