Felisha Carenage

Drawing Breath

Textiles and works on paper exploring gendered and racialised violence in public and private space. Originally developed as Parade Créole, working …

Textiles and works on paper exploring gendered and racialised violence in public and private space. Originally developed as Parade Créole, working with feminist collectives and spaces.

Anna & Frantz

Garments produced after Anna Muthesius' concept of Eigenkleider, likening Muthesius' ideal form to Frantz Fanon's White Masks. With reference to Das Eigenkleid der Frau and Black Skin, White Masks.

Photo: S. Grigorieva
Installation view at FREIRAUM, Museum für Kunst & Gewerbe, Hamburg, 2022. Photo: Benjamin Unterluggauer

Installation views of prototypes for Eigenkleider. One, larger, object features coloured machine-embroidery, after drawings by Felisha Carenage which reference of Caribbean resistance, inheritance and memory culture. (Sloops, Kunuku houses, cruise ship palm trees, machetes and choppers).

Four textile objects, custom-made jumpsuits for the artist and three other Trinidadian women who are negotiating europeanised spaces in their personal and professional lives, feature tailored-in 'blue notes' and whitework embroidery. (Whitework references marriage trousseaux- household textiles which are prepared by family members to equip future brides for their new domestic realms.)

The objects, in their exhibition contexts, are often installed alongside drawings, reading materials, and archived garments. Drawing Breath: Notes on Parade Créole is a documentation of the first wave of exhibitions and events, which took place between 2021 and 2022, in Kiel, Hamburg and Göttingen.

Photo: S. Grigorieva