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Jan 6, 2012

The beginnings of 2 artists in Minus 8

As part of Channel Five’s twenty-year anniversary we are doing a retrospective on events that were part of our nation building. And as you know, nationhood is not only defined by politics but by his history and culture. In 1992, two young fledgling artists came out on the scene and hosted an exhibit called Minus Eight. Minus Eight was their upstart countdown to the millennium and Y2K, remember that? The musician and the poet and painter have grown exponentially since then. Here’s a look back at the beginnings of Ivan Duran and Yasser Musa.

Yasser Musa, Artist

Yasser Musa

“The most important thing in this minus eight is to what is on the wall, it is the transformation from what comes from the wall to you—how you see it. and we hope that you will see things differently—not in the sense of society and all that, but yeah that could be art; that could be music and good music. You see the problem in Belize with art is that everything we sort of do, we have to sort of feel obligated to do it in a Belizean way which is sort of a very corruptive thing. It makes you feel obligated [and] we are not obligated to anything.”

Ivan Duran

Ivan Duran, Artist

“I don’t know. My father’s a painter and I have received a lot of inference in the same of knowing about painting and learning to appreciate paintings. So we just born in that atmosphere and just live with that. Usually you just go into the galleries and see the paintings and say ok it’s nice and that’s it, but at least this is…”

Yasser Musa

“The words that I want to project in poetry and say I am inside, it’s like saying that there is a whole system that I operate by. I mean apart from the social norms and the thing that we have to go by; I mean much of that is set. A poet once said that much has been decided before you have been born. Therefore I can’t change a lot of things that are with me. Therefore, I try to retract from what is outside because what is outside is what has been set for me. Therefore from inside I am trying to hammer. Like I use this metaphor of having this butter knife and trying to get out of a metal casing and you know to get out it will be like a Black and Decker drill trying to get yo. So it si a process of trying to beat this stereotype.

To put zinc or to put a house there is not saying that I understand poverty or I want to say look I understand and therefore I am accepted—that is far from what my intention was. If I am not given the ability as an artist to do what I want when I want, how I want then I will not wait for anybody to say well oh I accept him, yeah he is a Musa and maybe he can paint and maybe he can put up zinc. I’ll give him a year or two. I will not accept that. I will go ahead and if you can’t do it well, “se cabo.”

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1 Response for “The beginnings of 2 artists in Minus 8”

  1. servivour says:

    well done .hats off to both of u.

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