With objectives to capitalise on unifying features present in their crafts, and Guyana’s diverse features to forge regional integration over the years the Guyana United Artists have mounted a series of exhibitions intended to foster and promote good international relations between Guyana and Venezuela.
GUA, in association with the Venezuelan Embassy and the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Co-operation ‘Continental Destiny’; opened an art exhibition in tribute to the Spanish Liberator Simon Bolivar, yesterday. The venue is the institute. The closing date is July 17.
Ras Camo was among the side attractions, using his skills on steel pan to provide entertainment with a number of renditions, both Spanish and English.
Art lovers are advised to head down to the Venezuelan Institute for Culture, Queenstown where the creativity and artistic abilities of Guyanese artists are on display and also on sale.
Part of observances to celebrate Venezuela’s 198th independence from Spanish rule and as a precursor to the Latin American Integration movement, the exhibition features the works of Guyanese artists Desmond Alli, Linden Jemmott, Trevor Thornhill, Louis Jordan, Akima Mac Pherson, Roy Fiffee, Betsy Karim and Lori-Ann Jacobs.
Also on show are the Ceramic works of Melissa Saywack and the creations of sculptor and costume Jewellery artist Terrence Nelson.
Saluting Simon Bolivar, the people and Government of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on their independence celebrations, GUA officials expressed the belief that Guyana and Venezuela’s cultural and geographical affinity is a factor that unites in pursuit of Continental Destiny as South Americans.
Anastacia Alli, a student of the IVCC speaking for GUA said, “The way forward for Guyana and Venezuela could be by capitalizing on these unifying features already present in our diverse cultural patters.”
Noting that Bolivar’s legacy can be seen in modern associations such as the ALBA- Bolivarian Alternative for Latin America and the Caribbean, GUA points to the fact that
Guyana is the only English speaking country in South America and posits that it is destined to play a pivotal part in the integration process.
Meanwhile, as efforts to further develop cultural co-operation continues, Venezuelan ambassador, Dario Morandy, says his country can become a great mother land to countries including Guyana through social, economical and cultural integration to the benefit of all.
Morandy added that the venue is a small space to further co-operation between Guyana and Venezuela but noted that it is also the location where the Guyanese and Venezuelan Cultures meet and it is also being used to further enhance Guyanese abilities in spoken and written Spanish. Formed in 1991, the Guyana United Artists a very socially and political conscious group is an umbrella organization comprises artistes, in the visual, performing and literary arts.
Most of its members have won national and international acclaim.
Under the motto Unity in diversity GUA’s objective is to highlight the role of contemporary Guyanese artists in a struggle to unite Guyanese by way of a comprehensive understanding of social and cultural history via art forms.
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