Explore some of the research and thinking from Carol Sorhaindo's Spring 2022 residency at Wysing through this diary kept over the course of two weeks spent onsite: a space to 'reflect on my return to the UK as one of the artists commissioned by The World Reimagined, an organisation leading a major educational project to increase awareness of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and related history in Britain. My stay involves a six week arts residency across two sites, Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridgeshire, England and Hospitalfield Arts Centre in Arbroath, Scotland. The first three weeks is a research and development phase' (Carol Sorhaindo).
Carol Sorhaindo came to Wysing as part of 'The World Reimagined'. 'The World Reimagined is a ground-breaking, vibrant art education project to transform how we understand the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans and its impact on all of us so that we can make racial justice a reality, together. Supported by Official Presenting Partner SKY, the project will see a trail of large Globe sculptures across seven cities including: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool City Region, London, and Swansea. From 13 August to 31 October 2022, the globes will be displayed across these cities, inspiring and galvanising communities to better understand what it means to be Black and British. Bringing to life the reality and impact of the Transatlantic Trade In Enslaved Africans by remembering the past, whilst still moving forward - celebrating the spirit and culture that has endured so much suffering.' (The World Reimagined)
The World Reimagined Caribbean UK residency has been supported by Arts Council England.
Carol Sorhaindo draws inspiration from nature, cultural heritage and landscapes with a particular interest in plants on deteriorating mill sites in Dominica where she currently lives. Having lived in both the UK and Dominica, entangled roots and transatlantic history which combines African, Dominican and British influences are of key importance. Her research and passions include botanical histories including ethnobotanical and traditional uses of plants as food, medicine and for use as art and craft materials. She enjoys close observation of plant growth, gardening, botanical drawing and explorations of natural dyes and earth pigments for textile applications.