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Images & Text © 2017 Michael Forbes - All rights reserved.

Carnival... beyond the glitz of the parade 2002 - 2018
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m

Carnival... beyond the glitz of the parade

This series of photographs celebrate the art form, the cultural celebration of Carnival and the social element of how people come together for enjoyment whilst contributing to their ever-changing cultural heritage.

The photographs are two-dimensional marker of the social presence and value of Carnival in the UK, which has a strong historical legacy. With the presence of social media, the images mark a turning point in the representation of Black people in the 21st Century; YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, are offering similar perception, thereby differing from one of surveillance to one of ephemeral fame.

Forbes presents these photographs as a response to the lack of representation of Black people which has a two-pronged effect; the wider society believes the limits in representation are a true reflection of Black people and the people believe these limits are true, thereby creating their own glass ceiling to their existence and achievements.

The work also refers to the broader cultural and social history of Carnival and its relation to Lent, Catholic Church, slavery and African masquerade. This work draws on ancestral African traditions with a particular focus on music, dance, adornment and sexuality. The work also plays an important part in celebrating Black presence and migration from the Caribbean and the African continent to Europe and United Kingdom.

Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m
Photography mounted on MDF or Dibond 1.50m x 1.00m