Barlovento: memory map of Port of Spain

Memory map of Port of Spain, created during the inaugural two month Trans-Atlantic Artists Residency Exchange at Alice Yard, Trinidad and Tobago. Participants were invited to accompany the artist on walks through Port of Spain and surrounding areas and share memories and stories relating to the walk and the area. The final presentation of this work consisted of a live drawing performance, creating a memory map of the walks with the participants. The map was created using ink pigment from Scotland mixed with water from the Caribbean Sea, collected during one of the walks. The ink was contained in inkwells created in collaboration with Scottish artists from Dundee Ceramics workshop and shipped across the atlantic especially for this event, in response to the Scottish made ‘penny inkwells’ found during walks through Port of Spain in colonial era middens. The map was presented alongside audio pieces, pinhole photography and video created in response to the different walks.

7. Alice Yard Map screenprint 2017

Screenprint of final map, taken from the walls of Alice Yard gallery space

7 Joanna Helfer

Detail of memory map installation with
Scottish made inkwells

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Participant adding memories to the map during the final presentation event at Alice Yard

2 Joanna Helfer

inside and outside view of belmont
multi-aperture pinhole image combined
with map drawing from the Belmont
area of Port of Spain.

light leaks and gates

light leaks and gates
multi-aperture pinhole image combined
with text from walk along the North
Coast of Trinidad and inspired by the
North West coast of Scotland Na Garbh
Chriochan, connected by the Gulf
Stream.

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Participants adding memories to the map and listening to audio works during the final presentation
event at Alice Yard

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