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Tattoos exist in a liminal space. They mark the boundaries between conceptions of identity, bodies, and even communities. While profoundly personal at times, they often exist within the public sphere. In choosing to get tattooed, individuals acknowledge the way their bodies function as “sign vehicles” and the fact that bodies are imbued with meaning by the perceptions of others. So thoughtful (or not so thoughtful) decisions about marking one’s body with text become ways to construct the signs by which individuals and others construct meaning. This exhibit showcases a collection of photographs of tattoos along with the motivation behind the ink. In doing so, the exhibit encourages a conversation about the role of tattoos and remediation in identity formation.
Poetry is known for its creative ingenuity, and as an engine of expression. Poems can be written for a myriad of reasons, but they hold a technical level that is more complex, in some respects, to other forms of circulated works: such as novels, short stories or essays. As a tool of everyday writing, poems can represent this definition through non-academic or work-related creation. Poetry is an abstract art that can discern the identity of the individual: the artist. Through poetry, culture and personal identity can be revealed through form and content.
This exhibit wishes to showcase the poems of a single individual: Roshan Ramhit. Roshan Ramhit was born on the island of Trinidad and Tobago. This island is located off the coast of South America in the Caribbean; the island is shaped like a boot. He grew up on the island and spent his youth there. It was only during his university years that he left Trinidad and moved to New York.
His works are written during his college years, and show off his identity to me as a father. As a man of distinct cultural background, his poems are also capable of enlightening on his childhood experiences and the culture he grew up in.
Several themes throughout his poetry are that of loneliness and homesickness. Roshan Ramhit explained, “Yeah, from home to school there was an hour of travel. So it [writing poetry] was to wait the time away. Also moving to a new environment [from Trinidad to New York], leaving my friends behind…, it was lonely. It was to take out frustration, loneliness and whatever else.”