Tate Modern's carnival: all the fun – with added turbine power PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 September 2014 10:25

At Tate Modern, preparations were being made, as the gallery gets ready to bring Europe's biggest street festival into its Turbine Hall.

One of the artists taking part in performance art installation Up Hill Down Hall is Trinidadian Marlon Griffith, who worked and trained as a "mas man" in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago's capital city. To mas men – the designers who create the elaborate masks and costumes worn at carnival – the street festival is more than a party. It's a year-long project, and one that requires meticulous planning.

For Griffith, carnival is less jerk chicken and women in beaded bikinis, more vocational art school. Now he's bringing the street fair aesthetic he learned in the Caribbean to London. "I always wanted to be an artist, and never knew what direction that would take. Carnival became the medium for me to move into making work in other areas," he says, in his temporary studio at Paddington Arts Centre.

Read the full story taken from http://www.theguardian.com/


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