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Désir Cannibale: Kelly Sinnapah Mary’s Notebook of No Return

Désir Cannibale: Kelly Sinnapah Mary’s Notebook of No Return This article considers the practice of Guadeloupe-based Indo-Caribbean artist Kelly Sinnapah Mary. Her ongoing project Notebook of No Return, as with her other works, conveys her complex subjectivity, forsaking both mournful and celebratory narratives of Indians living in the Caribbean after Indentureship, and foregrounding the fast-moving, ever-evolving, and rootless character of our existence. Sinnapah Mary creates visual images which both assert the presence of an underrepresented people and reveal the spaces in which pleasure and violence are simultaneously generated and entwined. I argue that Sinnapah Mary’s representation of the Indo-Caribbean body—in relationship to and continuous with those of animals, and as animalistic—provides a provocative and promising agenda for Indo-Caribbean life after Indentureship. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas Brill

Désir Cannibale: Kelly Sinnapah Mary’s Notebook of No Return

Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas , Volume 5 (1-2): 20 – Apr 11, 2019

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2352-3077
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2352-3085
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10.1163/23523085-00501002
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Abstract

This article considers the practice of Guadeloupe-based Indo-Caribbean artist Kelly Sinnapah Mary. Her ongoing project Notebook of No Return, as with her other works, conveys her complex subjectivity, forsaking both mournful and celebratory narratives of Indians living in the Caribbean after Indentureship, and foregrounding the fast-moving, ever-evolving, and rootless character of our existence. Sinnapah Mary creates visual images which both assert the presence of an underrepresented people and reveal the spaces in which pleasure and violence are simultaneously generated and entwined. I argue that Sinnapah Mary’s representation of the Indo-Caribbean body—in relationship to and continuous with those of animals, and as animalistic—provides a provocative and promising agenda for Indo-Caribbean life after Indentureship.

Journal

Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the AmericasBrill

Published: Apr 11, 2019

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