Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Role of the artist in Third World countries
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Title: Role of the artist in Third World countries
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 9/9/1972
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: CA00199950
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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THE Guyanese artist, Mr.
Denis Williams, has invited
a writers and artfets con&er-
j ence at the U'nierzilty of
S Guyana to consider the fol-
lowing three factors in rela-
tion to art in The Third
SWorld countries:
DENIS WILLIAMS "Th e artist has tradi-
tionally fmntctoned in a very
different way, in his rei6ation-
ohip to society, tram that
charbanristic ato Europe sKco
t1heEenmana~sace. It follows
that iHe noiftokn of the crea-
tive artist in these countries
n to be treated with
cau~tion. -
r "m oantibers of art and
literatu4ie, deeutitration -pro-
ceeds iaore sloiwy in poet-
Caooloma& -o:iesti"e than" Is
accepteall in the poltiical?
and eecouoiole spheres.
*. 'ILn ex1h oasto il'societied
creative energies asmoiated
with reaction de release, are
expressed Inthe' art forms of

the ex-iperial culture But
these alien art-forms, repre-
senting a culture of cultures
and not a culture of people,
are practiced in a context of
heir own dimimnihing sooial
significance, as deculitumatiion
Mr. Williame said that for
the present, the Third Word
cannott be thought of in cul-
tural terms. Though it is the
case that. these oounrtrtes
share a nmmber of impulses
ih coaamon," he added.
"these are asil definable in
economic and poldlioal terns
only. Itn so far as the Third
World is a sulbstantiel reatk,
it is a reality without a die-
tijnidtive or pervav. oflatur S
Aftsta i 'Soeieity wWit'ispecial
efeienmee to the Third WoMlC
at the irwe rsty of GGuya
during the two-day writer
and artis aoonterenct Mr.*

William" observed that "iUr
counties passing from colo-
,iea status to Independence,
'the innediate post-cokonial
pperod is charactoesed by a-
sunve of creative aedtvity in
the arts, whidh, however,
does not maintain talt
any vialble succesion.",
Obviously, in the Thid
World, said Mr. Wila
there may be as many cultu-
ral traditons as thee are
nations, "but the question to
be faced, he feels is "if we
are talbitng about a idle for
the ertitt .2n Third World
countries, whether there b
ar ever can be a Tbfrd World
culture expressive of a pecu-
iMar Thid Wortd vor oa or
'Saeitableual tradition, within
wbich the artist can be ex-
peited to serve anm dapntifi-
able and distlaclive role;"
"It Is Mr. Wiliams's con-
tention that 'i the iman~
grant nature o their coc~-
Smon background, the devel-
opmig countries of the Carib-
bean and the Americas in-
herit unique problems of de-
cuituration. Solutions P
these may be expected to be
qualitatively difileret frPt
these realisable by otht
Third World societtes, fr
example those of Afrisa and'
Asia, where ancestral affiUa-
tons' have been les abso-
-Iutel disrupted." --

Role .f the artist in

Third World countries

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