Grace Aneiza Ali reports from Of Note Magazine Guyana Issue Launch

By Holly Bynoe Sunday, June 17th, 2012 Categories: Features, Updates
 

Over 75 invited guests joined Of Note Magazine in celebrating its Guyana issue on Sunday, June 10th. The invitation-only event took place at the beautiful brownstone gallery home of Guyanese Art Collector Tim Griffith in Brooklyn, New York, whose walls are adorned with an eclectic collection of established and emerging Guyanese artists.

 

Grace Aneiza Ali, founder of "Of Note magazine" and Tim Griffith, Guyanese Art Collector

In her welcoming remarks, Grace Aneiza Ali, the Guyanese-born founder and editorial director of the magazine, shared, “I wanted to curate the issue to counter some of the misperceptions about Guyana, to present artists that are portraying Guyana in all of its dimensions and complicated beauty.” The mission of the magazine, which is entirely online and free to the public, is to highlight global artists using their work for social change.

The event’s program included a screening of the 2011 Cannes-selected short film “The SeaWall” by Guyanese-born filmmaker Mason Richards. The film then ushered in a dynamic conversation with other artists featured in the magazine’s special issue, including visual artist Carl Hazlewood and photographer Keisha Scarville. Moderated by LeRonn Brooks, the knowledgeable host of MNN’s television show Culture/Context, the conversation explored the breadth of cultural and artistic wealth of Guyana, and kinds of work being done within and beyond the country’s borders to promote its stories and culture, and the challenges moving forward in bringing more global attention to the country.

Keisha Scarville, photographer, Carl Hazlewood, visual artist, and Mason Richards, filmmaker take part in the salon conversation on building awareness of Guyana through the arts

“It is a wonderful reception,” remarked Rosanna Singh, who is Guyanese-born and living and working in New York City. “One that made me very proud and allowed me to think of things and memories that I don’t recall or reflect upon often enough.”

“It’s an absolutely stunning issue. Tim Griffith’s gorgeous brownstone provided the perfect backdrop to highlight the lush beauty that is Guyana and the powerful narratives of her artists,” said Khadija Kamara.

Several dignitaries and members of the arts, education, activism and business communities attended the celebration including Miss Guyana World, Arti Cameron, representatives from the Guyana Consulate, Builders Without Borders, the New York Times, WNYC, Alvin Ailey Dance Company and PolicyLink.

Janet Goldner, visual artist, Arti Cameron, Miss Guyana World, Jennifer Samuel, photographer, Carl Hazlewood, visual artist, and Claire Patterson, Guyana Consulate and other invited guests watch the screening of Mason Richards' "The Seawall."

According to Ali, coming up for the magazine are issues on Ethiopia and on artists using their work to champion girls’ education in developing countries.

“The filmmakers, visual artists, photographers that Of Note magazine profiles have one thing in common: they bring awareness to the beauty of a country or a social justice/human rights issue that’s been too long under-the-radar,” said Ali. “These artists are constantly working to change this, and this is what makes them ‘of note.’

Guest engaged in the salon conversation

Visit www.ofnotemagazine.org to access the Guyana Issue.

Holly Bynoe
Holly Bynoe

Holly Bynoe is a curator, visual artist and writer based in the Caribbean. She is the Executive Director of ARC Magazine, and a graduate of Bard College International Center of Photography (2010) where she earned her M.F.A. in Advanced Photographic Studies. She currently holds the position of Chief Curator at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, and is co-director of the annual arts conference Tilting Axis and Caribbean Linked Residency Program.