Harande' Elie is charting the way for himself as an artist on the local scene, with not just contemporary pieces but also with photography and documentary-style production.
With the pandemic affecting many artists globally and most art galleries closing their doors, this did not stop some artists from creating. Elie was one of them, joining a collaborative at the Loft art gallery last month and launching his art collection at The T&T Art Society last week. His collection focuses on trauma.
Elie said that the exhibition at the Art Society runs until around December 4.
In an interview with Guardian Media, Elie said, "Right now we are at Loft gallery hosted by Dale Ramirez, and he had a vision where he wanted to give an opportunity to local artists who haven't been able to exhibit because of the pandemic, an opportunity to come back out and maybe public, get some work moved and basically get the art energy and vibe moving again within the industry.
"I'm currently working on a wider exhibition at this point, and I decided to put forward a piece that is very dear to me. The wider collection, I think, has some controversial issues and some very deep-seated topics in it, but I felt at this juncture it was best to start with a piece that dealt with love. And there simply isn't the whole notion of going back out and reconnecting, I guess we're in love within the community and getting things up and running again."
While Elie deals with trauma in his latest art exhibition, he believes it is something that is not dealt with as it should be by society.
"I don't think it's a topic that we deem the highest priority, particularly when you're trying to make ends meet."
Elie's piece, Fortune Favours The Gold was on exhibit at the Loft art gallery.
Explaining the concept of the artwork from a spoken-word perspective, he said, "the piece in itself started with some spoken word...So the poetry in essence is actually a conversation between the narrator and Cupid as he's sipping on a drink at this bar, and he's looking at this female looking at him. But as the narration goes, is she looking at me or past me?
"So it was him deciding, you know what, let me get up, find a way to make some sort of approach and let fortune favour and settle."
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