Saturday, April 11, 2009

Caribbean Sense of Life: A Photographic Narrative
Featuring Our Caribbean Civilisation: An Essay by Ralph E. Gonsalves
By Inga Rhonda King

The Caribbean Sea is cut off from the Atlantic Ocean by a chain of islands which together with the sea comprise the Caribbean. The highly distinctive physical geography gave rise to each island’s characteristically strong sense of insularity. This strong sense of insularity, the forces of nature and history have shaped the Caribbean in a unique and compelling way. Our sense of life has evolved through a process of hybridization and we are an exquisite blend of many cultures: Carib, African, Indian, European, Chinese, Arab, Jewish…. What has emerged is a hybridized psyche – the quintessence of a Caribbean people.

Caribbean Sense of Life is a pictorial narrative which sets an ambitious goal for itself: it endeavours to translate the modern Caribbean mind. It combines the commissioned photographs of Fanny Terrer, the collected insights of a few of our Caribbean thinkers and features the 2003 inaugural lecture of the distinguished lecture series celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of CARICOM given by Dr, the Honourable, Ralph E. Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Caribbean Sense of Life: A Photographic Narrative unearths a new dream for the Caribbean. Underscoring geography as destiny it proposes a Caribbean Vision for the twenty-first century.

Inga Rhonda King is the founder of Strategy Forum Inc (SFI), a strategy and critical thinking institute registered in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Created in 2006, SFI is dedicated to honouring the Caribbean Sense of Life.