Finding a stage for “Christ in Trinidad”

Earl Lovelace and Eddie Bowen among others seated, Jackie Hinkson on your right. Held in a church hall, Port of Spain. See his other public mural work.

This photograph shows the similarities of the guest speakers including the Artist, Jackie Hinkson in a panel discussion on a series of paintings entitled “Christ in Trinidad,” and the painting, “The Last Supper” behind them. These are relatively large works, fourteen to be precise and they are loosely based on the Stations of the Cross. Mr. Hinkson begins with the birth of a new Messiah on a city bench of a infant being serenaded by an ensemble of singers indigenous to the islands to his execution witnessed by combat police and a single mourner on the hills in Contemporary Trinidad and Tobago.

The King of Kings entering the gates of Port of Spain

But what if the resurrection spoken in religious dogman is true, then in Mr. Hinkson’s interpretation of “Christ in Trinidad,” the Messiah may have walked among the society, baptised with the bathers frolicking at Blue Basin and entered the gates to the City with his followers decreeing with steeldrums and tin pans. Or he may have chosen his disciples on the park bench, where the homeless reside adjacent to the cathedral of Port of Spain, placing hypocrisy with faith and finally crucified without being noticed.

Death of the new Messiah
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One suggestion vetoed was that the entire series should be mounted at the National Airport. Although Mr. Hinkson has a wall mural depicting the Savannah at the old airport, the work in question is based on Christian belief and does not encompass all creeds to the Republic. Pat Bishop objected to the mere thought of it, as in Trinidad and Tobago there is the persuasion to disregard the importance placed on Art and noted to Carlyle Chang’s work destroyed during the renovations to the old Airport. But what is overlooked is the subject matter of the homeless, vagrancy and the presence of military police on the streets of Trinidad and Tobago. Not too welcoming to the un-expecting visitors envisioning the Isle of paradise.

Jackie Hinkson and the “Stations of the Cross” at the National Museum of Trinidad and Tobago 2006
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The Trinidad Aesthetic quote: Graveyard don’t refuse dead
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