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This work includes a variety of traditional Mas figures whose stories provide a vital link to Trinidad’s heritage. The highly-spirited characters are evoked through costumes, performance and social customs during Carnival. This painting's chalky and rigid surface texture gives it the illusion of an archeological find–as if it were torn from a mural depicting imagined histories from the artist's world.
Curtis Talwst Santiago questions our understanding of history while exploring issues of memory and ancestry. His work addresses the absence of certain narratives from the dominant culture, such as people’s diasporic experiences. His relationship to his motherland of Trinidad informs his practice across painting, drawing, sculpture, video and performance.