J'ouvert Glow Up
This painting depicts a joyous celebration and 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. The central figure in the blue garment and matching horns is Jab Jab, the blue devil. His name is derived from the French term "Diable Diable," which means pretty devil; he is often portrayed in the costume of a medieval jester.
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.