In a World of Their Own: Carnival Dreamers & Makers, Photographs by Maria Nunes

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Robert & Christopher Publishers prepare to release their latest title: In a World of Their Own: Carnival Dreamers & Makers, Photographs by Maria Nunes.

Over the past decade, photographer Maria Nunes has been documenting the people who fight to uphold an ethos of Carnival in which creating and performing while paying homage to tradition is central. In a World of Their Own features Nunes’ stunning and sensitively made photographs of these dreamers and makers, from her unique perspective inside Trinidad Carnival. Through her lens, we enter yards and living rooms as traditions are passed on and skills are honed, we see ideas develop and costumes come to life. We take to stages, gayelles and streets, through the unfolding days of Carnival, revelling in all of the beauty, darkness, light, and colour of transcendental performances. A lyrical essay by Shivanee Ramlochan contributes ideas of document, archive and memory, while the words of several of the makers pictured here provide further, invaluable insight.

According to an Indiegogo campaign that Nunes is currently running to support printing and advance orders of the book: “I wanted to celebrate the extraordinary Carnival men and women I’ve been privileged to photograph and to share the deep wonder, admiration and respect I have for them. As such, my photography has become a conscious decision to bear witness to their commitment and creativity, which is often lost or overlooked, within the wider canvas of Carnival.”

In a World of Their Own  is currently at the printer, and we’re already looking forward to launching it in Port of Spain on April 24th, as part of the 2018 NGC Bocas Lit Fest. You don’t have to wait that long to secure your copy, though. You can place an advance order now through Indiegogo

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