In The Media
Taisha Carrington shares how she feels about winning the Barbados 50 Monument Design Competition.
For the past five years I have carried out a series of social experiments to investigate and document how different ethnicities and races interact with and affect each other based on physical characteristics and unfamiliarity. Using myself as the subject; sometimes wearing wigs to disguise myself as racially ambiguous instead of black, I spend time living in different societies and observing how others interact with me based on my hair, skin, accent or other differing characteristics.
I began developing this work in the Caribbean islands, then in the United States. Both of the before mentioned environments are drastically different, therefore, I allow my work to respond and become a form of documentation on colorism, racism, systematic discrimination, prejudices and other factors dividing humanity.
I compare and corroborate my findings from these experiments with the current state of affairs in my country Barbados, the Caribbean and the African diaspora at large. This comparison helps me to understand the dense racial, political, socioeconomic and social structures of my country and the African diaspora and by extension my own identity as a Caribbean woman.
I present my findings from these experiments in various media such as installations, sculptures and jewelry. The material, method and final format of the piece is chosen by determining how best I can communicate my research with my audience. I intend for these pieces to help educate people and spark conversations around Blackness and Caribbean societies in a post colonial context.