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Build the Temples art by Rubadiri ends tomorrow
Tomorrow will be the last day you have to see the 77 paintings of the exhibition Build the Temples for the Youths Dem to Enter by multi-media artist and cultural activist Rubadiri Victor. The exhibition was launched last Tuesday at the Holder Studio at Gallery 101 on Woodford Street, Newtown. Today the Gallery is scheduled to open at 11 am there is an Artist Brunch, Talk, and Buyers Event.
Rubadiri gave up a successful artistic career in the year 2000 to become a full-time cultural activist and founded the Artists’ Coalition of T&T (ACTT)—the umbrella representative body for T&T arts. The current exhibition was actually the series of paintings he was working on and abandoned when he made that decision.
“From 1997 I started watching two generations of genius local artists die and their legacies disappeared. I realised that unless someone fights for the honour of the creative legacy of this nation, the soul of this country could die,” Victor said.
“Build the Temples is centred around the theme of the reconstitution of nation, the turning back of apocalyptic forces, and the ushering in of a new Golden Age for Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. It explores the necessity of creating ‘sacred and secular cathedrals to consecrate our Caribbean Legacy and our best selves and to help transform the youth’.
“The exhibition’s title and title painting appeared to me in a dream/vision, days after my last exhibition ended in 2000. I saw the painting as you see it now. I began working on 101 paintings but when Kitchener, Beryl Mc Bernie and Sundar Popo died in one week in 2000 I knew that I had to fight for the cultural sector rather than make art. For 17 years most of these paintings lay unfinished whilst I battled for the creative sector,” he said.
For more information on the exhibition call 797-0949 or go to BUILD THE TEMPLES event page on Facebook #buildthetemples #rubadiriart Rubadiri.org
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