Oswald Hussein is an artist from Guyana’s St Cuthbert’s Lokono (Arawak) group. His award-winning wooden sculptures have been exhibited internationally – in fact several of his creations are currently on display at the Horniman Museum alongside other internationally important collections from Guyana. The sculptures created by Oswald during his residency will be added to the Horniman Museum’s handling collection, and will be used in workshops with community groups, schools and families.
Guyana, the only English-speaking country in South America, represents a point of confluence between the Caribbean to South American cultures. Visitors to the Horniman Museum will be able observe Oswald’s techniques and talk to him about how he draws inspiration from Guyana’s rich natural environment and Amerindian culture.
The second artist to feature is the British visual artist Dr Fiona Wilkes. Fiona’s film installation for the Horniman Museum will demonstrate how cassava culture’s presence within Caribbean communities, both in the UK and internationally, continues to contribute to a sense of identity over successive generations. The installation features interviews with people from London’s Caribbean communities about the role cassava plays in the thought and memory, making it much more than just a staple food.
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Oswald Hussein – Guyanese sculptor
16 September – 8 October 2006 (Wednesday – Sundays)
Cassava Culture – An installation by Fiona Wilkes
25 September – 22 October 2006
Amazon to Caribbean: Early People of the Rainforest. Due to popular demand this exhibition has been extended to Sunday 7 January 2007
Admission: Free. www.horniman.ac.uk Tel: 020 8699 1872