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Farewell to the Flesh: Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

Ray Traboulay

March 24th - April 10th, 2014

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1st Floor Commons
Ryerson University - School of Image Arts
122 Bond St, Toronto, ON

The word "Carnival" is derived from the Latin "Carne Vale" and translates into "Farewell to the Flesh". Trinidad is a deeply multicultural society and this is reflected in its Carnival. Although rooted in Pagan belief, there are elements from Europe, India, Amerindian Populations, Asia and Africa, which shine through with elements from Africa seeming to be the most prominent. Carnival is deeply ingrained in the heart and soul of the culture, and mirrors the national identity.

The photographic process used was unorthodox yet rewarding. Initially when witnessing Carnival, Traboulay wanted to photograph individual masqueraders in a studio. However, since it would be impossible to gather hundreds of masqueraders within two days, the artist decided to "Bring the studio to them" and immersed himself in the celebration as much as possible. Combining elements of street photography, documentary and portraiture. Masqueraders were lit outside using studio lighting with power generated from battery packs. They were photographed live on the streets of Trinidad during Carnival in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Traboulay's cultural portraits of Trinidad Carnival were used at the Caribbean T20 Tournament 2013, which was the Commemoration of the launch of its Partnership with the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. It was also used as exclusive art décor at the N.C.C. (National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago) Media Launch of Carnival 2013. Select photographs were also present at the Royal Ontario Museum as part of Carnival Designer, Brian Macfarlane's Exhibition titled, "Carnival: From Emancipation to Celebration". In June 2012, a solo exhibition was held at Commerce Street Gallery in Houston, Texas. In addition, select prints were displayed at the Williams Tower Gallery in Houston, Texas as part of Joe Aker's show – "Last Film Lab Standing", and a print from this body of work was selected for auction at the Houston Center for Photography – Fine Art Auction 2014.

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Having worked in Advertising as well as fine art with clients such as Lonsdale Saatchi & Saatchi and The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago, Ray Traboulay's most recent work focuses on Cultural Portraits of Trinidad and Tobago's Carnival.

Select photographs were present at The Royal Ontario Museum as part of Carnival designer Brian Macfarlane's exhibition entitled "CARNIVAL: From Emancipation to Celebration".

He was also featured in a Documentary titled WHERE IS HOME which was produced by Two Time Emmy Award Winner Paul Saltzman and Directed by Aga Alegria which discusses the lives of people who grew up as expatriates as he lived in France, Indonesia, and the U.S. as a youth. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Major in Photography from Ryerson University - School Of Image Arts in 2009.

AWARDS
- United States Congressional Art Competition: Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition - 2001
- Adina Photo Award, 2007 - Toronto, Canada

http://www.traboulayphotography.com/

Media Contact:
Elizabeth Dungan
elizabeth.dungan@ryerson.ca


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