REFLECTIONS: CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF THE WEST INDIAN AMERICAN DAY CELEBRATION

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 Exhibition Artists with Curator Jodi Moise, Curator Erin Hylton, and Organizer Yolanda Rodriguez.

Exhibition Artists with Curator Jodi Moise, Curator Erin Hylton, and Organizer Yolanda Rodriguez.

Reflections: Celebrating 50 Years of the West Indian American Day Celebration

July 13 - October 6, 2017

Reflections: Celebrating 50 Years of the West Indian American Day Carnival celebrates and honors the history of the Caribbean carnival by reflecting on the West Indian population in the Bronx, NY and noting their impact and long lasting influence on their community and NYC. Through the lens of 5 Bronx-based photographers, the vibrancy, tradition and impact of West Indian Americans are captured by the photographs on display. Artists Trevon Blondet, Ijeoma D. Iheanacho, Jonathan Joseph, Omesh Persaud and Harri "Indio" Ramkishun each take on a subtheme of inspiration from the West Indian community. Together the photographs share the energy and strength of the West Indian population and the groups influence to the political, economic and cultural vitality of the North Bronx. 

 Opening Reception on July 13, 2017

Opening Reception on July 13, 2017

 Curator Erin Hylton speaking about the exhibition with Montefiore staff member.

Curator Erin Hylton speaking about the exhibition with Montefiore staff member.

About the West Indian Day Parade

The West Indian population of the Bronx, NY is 8% or 106,000 people from various islands lying between southeastern North America and northern South America bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic and comprising the Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles and Bahamas. The largest event in New York City that celebrates and honors Caribbean culture, arts, history and traditions is the West Indian American Day Carnival, which is comprised of week-long festivities and a grand finale. The grand finale Carnival reaches over one million people in attendance during Labor Day weekend with participants and tourists from all over the world. 

Ijeoma D. Iheanacho, Artist

Harri "Indio" Ramkishun, Artist

Jonathan Joseph, Artist

Omesh Persaud, Artist