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International Artist Tirzo Martha Speaks To Students Of Edna Manley College, April 6, 2010, Jamaica

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On April 6, 2010, Tirzo Martha will be speaking at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts tomorrow at 2pm in the SVA (School of the Visual Arts) Lecture Room.

Tirzo Martha is a visual and performance artist from Curacao. He is one of the founders of the Instituto Buena Bista, Curacao Center of Contemporary Art and is currently the Director of International Programming. He has exhibited all over the world, including at the Brooklyn Museum’s Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art.

Tirzo Martha is in Jamaica as part of the Residencies@ROKTOWA program. ROKTOWA is an art collective based in downtown Kingston. It is committed to the regeneration of and the realization of the artistic potential of downtown Kingston and its residents. ROKTOWA is hosting a residency program for Caribbean artists. For the months of April to June, ROKTOWA will host Tirzo Martha along with approximately 11 Haitian artists.

While in Jamaica, Tirzo Martha will be performing the Jamaican leg of his Captain Caribbean this Friday. The adventures of Captain Caribbean (also known as CC) take place in the Caribbean. He fights for the exorcism of the curses of identity, history of colonialism among others. Tirzo Martha is also blogging about this performance art series.

We hope to see you there. We also have an appeal. Residencies@ROKTOWA, the only program of its kind in Jamaica, is in need of sponsorship. We presently need support to purchase the wealth of artistic supplies needed to fuel these residencies.

“The material doesn’t need to be filled with words. It speaks for itself. It is our consciousness that has to translate it for us. My work is a loyal mirror of our society, a fragment of reality.” Tirzo Martha (2004)

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