Digital: Patricia Mohammed

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Patricia Mohammed - Coolie Pink and Green Patricia Mohammed – Coolie Pink and Green (2009), still from short film

Digital is opening today. Here is a short feature on Patricia Mohammed, one of the artists in the exhibition:
Bio
Patricia Mohammed is Trinidadian scholar, writer and filmmaker. A Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS), she is also Campus Co-ordinator, Graduate Studies and Research at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad. Mohammed is a pioneer in feminism and gender studies in the Caribbean since 1976 and in 2006, founded the open-access online peer-reviewed journal, Caribbean Review of Gender Studies, of which she serves as the Executive Editor. Her major publications include Imaging the Caribbean: Culture and Visual Translation (2009, Macmillan UK), and a seven-part documentary film series A Different Imagination, of which the award-winning Coolie Pink and Green is a part. Seventeen Colours and a Sitar was added as the last of this series. Mohammed lives and works in Maracas Valley, St Joseph, Trinidad.

Patricia Mohammed - Seven Colours and a Sitar (2010), still from short filmPatricia Mohammed – Seven Colours and a Sitar (2010), still from short film

About the Work
“The series A Different Imagination of which Coolie Pink and Green (2009) and Seventeen Colours and a Sitar (2010) are two of seven films, was produced as an accompaniment to the book Imaging the Caribbean: Culture and Visual Translation. This ground-breaking study of the region’s iconography explores how a Caribbean aesthetic sensibility has been and is being shaped from the many different cultural influences that have come together in this territory. It circles the Caribbean while focusing on Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Barbados, tracing the indelible parameters drawn on each society by the colonial encounter, crossing the boundaries of disciplines and the methodologies and material of history, literature, art, gender and cultural studies.”

Patricia Mohammed - Seven Colours and a Sitar (2010), still from short filmPatricia Mohammed – Seven Colours and a Sitar (2010), still from short film

“As a trained scholar and Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies, my work has increasingly moved to incorporating visuality and developing the visual intelligence of the region’s population. My films are experimental in their approach in that they do not follow formal documentary procedure, incorporating fantasy and jumps in time and space, the aesthetics of each frame in the film are of paramount importance. I use the screen in the same way that a painter might use a canvas.”

Patricia Mohammed - Coolie Pink and Green (2009), still from short filmPatricia Mohammed – Coolie Pink and Green (2009), still from short film