OAS Launches Caribbean Heritage Showcase

WASHINGTON, DC – The Organization of American States (OAS) today inaugurated an exhibit of previously unseen works by Caribbean artists, titled “Groundation – Sources of Caribbean Artistry,” at the headquarters of the hemispheric organization in Washington, DC.

Hosted by the OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin and curated by Jamaican author, sociologist and cultural heritage specialist Margaret Bernal, the exhibit includes a range of oils, water colors, mixed media and a tapestry five years in the making, detailing Caribbean culture from Ottawa-based Trinidad artist Lorna Ramlochansingh.

The OAS Caribbean Heritage exhibit also features a showcase from the Columbus Memorial Library highlighting achievements and milestones of the Caribbean in the OAS.

“Caribbean nations represent a diversity that is global. Our nations may be small, but our people stand like giants in their contributions to the world. Through music, art, literature, law, politics, and even sport, the footprint of the Caribbean can never be erased, nor should it be underestimated,” said Assistant Secretary General Ramdin.

left to right: Margaret Reckord Bernal, Curator, OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin and Lorna Ramlochansingh, Ottawa-based Trinidad artist
Credit: Juan Manuel Herrera/OAS

Curator Margaret Bernal summed up the Caribbean exhibit through the words of legendary Jamaican musician Bob Marley, saying, “…half the story has never been told,” while tapestry creator Lorna Ramlochansingh added, “the story of our people, our journey and our experience lives through our work.”

The OAS will culminate its Caribbean Heritage showcase with an event bringing together members of the diplomatic corps, the Caribbean Diaspora and members of the private sector on June 20, 2013 at 6pm in the Hall of the Americas of the main building of the organization.

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