‘Carnival and Culture’ lecture on Friday

From left, Native Sons Artists Gordon Solomon, Chris Christian, Al Ebanks and Miguel Powery take part in a panel discussion with Dr. Christopher Williams.

Christopher Williams will present a special lecture on Carnival and culture at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands on Friday, followed by an open discussion.

The lectuer will investigate the intricacies, cultural sentiments and attitudes that define Cayman’s multicultural landscape, according to a press release. These themes will be examined in conjunction with the history of Carnival in the Cayman Islands and the underlying spirit of new world Carnival.

The special lecture is part of an extensive program of events that supports NGCI’s temporary exhibition “Native Sons – Twenty Years On,” sponsored in part by Cayman National Bank.

“In keeping with the questions of identity raised collectively and individually by the Native Sons, Dr. Williams’s lecture will investigate cultural attitudes attached to Cayman Carnival and the legitimacy of Batabano in the Cayman Islands’ diverse community,” said Kerri-Anne Chisholm, the gallery’s assistant curator.

“With direct reference of Cayman Carnival in work by the Native Sons and hints to concerns in national identifications, the exhibition ‘Native Sons – Twenty Years On’ serves as an excellent platform for Dr. Williams’s lecture.”

Dr. Christopher Williams will be discussing the significance of Cayman carnival in his lecture.
Dr. Christopher Williams will be discussing the significance of Cayman carnival in his lecture.

Christopher Williams

Dr. Williams teaches across the Social Studies and Professional Development departments at UCCI. He received his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. He has published articles and poems in The Journal of Caribbean History, The International Journal of Arts and Sciences, The Historian, The Journal of Cultural Geography (forthcoming), and The African-American Quarterly. His book “Implicating Caymanianness” was published in 2014.

Dr. Williams’s research interests include tracing the development of various New World identities, analyzing the importance of race and xenophobia in transnational Caribbean circuits, uncovering the effects of globalization on various Caribbean identities and personalities, and connecting regional New World histories toward a holistic historical account of the New World.

About the exhibition

“Native Sons – Twenty Years On” opened on April 8. Sponsored in part by Cayman National Bank, the exhibition showcases a variety of media and subjects by the Caymanian artists’ collective, the Native Sons. Originating in 1996, when Wray Banker, Al Ebanks and Miguel Powery first exhibited together at Government House, the group formalized in 2001 and grew to include Nasaria Suckoo Chollette, Gordon Solomon, Randy Chollette, Chris Christian, Nickola McCoy Snell and Horacio Esteban. Members have continued to exhibit both collectively and through a series of solo exhibitions on the island and abroad.

Doors for the Dr. Williams lecture open at 5 p.m., and visitors are welcome to an after-hours viewing of the temporary exhibition before the discussion begins at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available and donations are welcome. For details and to RSVP, email [email protected] or call 945-8111.