Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: What am I doing here?
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 Material Information
Title: What am I doing here?
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Sunday Graphic
Publication Date: 9/2/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199915
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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What am
a founder of the Contempor-
ary Artists Association, a
group of 85 leading artists in
Jamai'a. He is one of the
Caribbean writers and art-
ists who. at the 1970 Conven-
tion in Guyana, put forward
plans for the first ever
Caribbean Festival of 'Cre-
ative Arts. Guyana invited
him to Carifesta 72;
He has been staying in Guy-
ana again for the past 10 days.
officially as a guest of the
Guyana Government, in the
posh Echil'bar Villas re-
served for VIP's.
In the past few days a
friend who did not know he
was in the country met him
and asked in pleased sur-
prise: "What are you doing
The distinguished artist re-
plied' "I myself am Wonder-
ing the same thing." Karl
Parboosingh was not joking.
He was dead serious.
"I don't know 4vaVt's go-
ing on," he confessed. "I
seem to be the only Jainai-
can artist invited to Carifes-'
ta. And there's no Jamaican
rifesta Art Exhitb'tion, neither that
me nor any of the 85 prac. inter
tis'qng" artists In our Associ- have
ainon. Nobody asied us to twa
contribute anything, and towa
neither I nor any of the such
other artists knew anything semach
beforehand of the exiibi- emi
tion. took
"Since the apeathg cere- to s
money which I attended at work
the National Park, I have U, C
seen no other Carifesta show. Mai
WMen I discovered that there j
were no complimentary tic-
kets for me to the shows I Pa
tried to buy tickets lbr-my at 18
self and Guyanese friends b& .
and couldn't get any. What
am I doing here? I don't
know. I go around meeting
friends and lming."
The internationally. famous
artist is preparing to return
to Jamaica where he has
several mural commissions to
start work don including one
for Jamaica .Hose in King-
ston. ..
In the biennial Interna-
tional Art Exhibition in Bra-
zil last year he was Commis-
sioner for the Jamaica par-
ticipation, .between a six-
month stint ps artist In resi-
*denes at Suitex University
in Britain and a similar posi-
tion at the University of
Georg:a in the USA.
Next.year he is heading for
Africa mainly -fo the Black
Arts Festival in Lagos, Ni-
To coane to Carifesta at the
invitation of the Guyana
Government, he left behind
his latest big ant exhibition
at the Kingston Sheraton
Hotel which was one of
seven one-man exhibitions
for 'Jamaica's 10th independ-
ence anniversary celebra.
tions. m
The aggressively articu-
'late 50,year old artist does
not admit the possibility
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doing here?

maturity in years .and the US Army and served
national success might Japan eaiarn.a I c.I -
crhanyed his attitudes tionAl grant -a rfour f er'
rds Caribbean society: service. He studied in
it is hard to imagine Europe add holds the. d*Wic-
a mild response to this. tion 0t beiag .the anl Ja.
irrassment from an art- maican artist ever to hl'a
'ho 20 years ago angrily ,one. Inan ex3itutin, m-frU.
up an, axe and chopped He is one of the :c ib-
hreds 40 of his own bean's highest paid -ts
s on the theme "Give but some of his, friend in
)ur Wiar sge" after. Ja- Guyana now have Pnboo-
an soloaiI p~fely re- sing's rinals -batin o
S1i a: too iwrol d onary. y A at pkinted'w
rboosingh wiao Deft inone 4diAfta GuyC e 0e l
to live in the USA with spowasett th em1
another, ,as drafted into indivictal Guy anee.-l

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