Media: hand-painted stop motion using ink, tempera and digital painting. LED monitor in Wooden Box.
Vagabonds of the Caribbean (2013, 12:09 min) an experimental performative non-linear poetic narrative on mortality in Haiti during the Duvalier dictatorship, Vagabonds of the Caribbean uses fragments of found footage on 8mm film transferred to video, along with performance, painting, animation and the remix of appropriated sounds. The two performers and satirical fictional surrogates, Queen Nappy and YoYo Yolanda, are merged with found imagery and traditional paintings and drawings that have been digitized and animated to shed light on the historical context of Haiti. The moving images shift from interior views of Catholic churches to historical footage of the Tontons Macoutes who terrorized the Haitian population during the Duvalier regime. The sound is a fusion of the artist’s piano playing and the remix of found and appropriated sounds from historical and Jamaica and Haitian homescape sources.