This photograph is taken from the series, Life Along the Demerara – Victoria Village, Guyana and is a perfect portrait of this small South American village where my family is from. It encapsulates its old-world charm and is a glimpse of village life which contrasts the fast-paced hustle and bustle of the country’s capital and commonly known city, Georgetown.
The photograph is taken from the gage of my grandmother’s house – the home were my mother and her siblings grew up in after the death of their father (my grandfather). This was my first visit to Guyana and my mother’s first trip back home in nearly 30 years.
Amongst fleeting moments, this photograph captures a fresh memory for me and a recurring memory for my mother who has witnessed this scene countless times in her childhood. The binary image of city and country life is one of many binaries the country straddles. Simultaneously, insiders and outsiders, Guyana remains the only English speaking nation in South America oscillating between cultural roots of Amerindian, Black (African), East Indian, Caribbean and colonial ties with British, Dutch, French, Portuguese and Spanish influence.
Surrounded by predominantly Spanish speaking nations, Guyana finds itself ostracized from the Latin identity of South America and so too does its people who are often characterized as Caribbean.