Brand New Caribbean Canadian photography association looks beyond the Carnival for its first group exhibition

By Stephen Weir

Canada’s first professional photography association is having its first ever major exhibition this carnival season. It all happens in two weeks at the Scarborough Civic Centre on Borough Drive.
Beyond The Carnival photography exhibition features the work eight members of the newly created Canadian Caribbean Photographic Art Collective (CCPAC). Their framed works will hang in the Civic Centre’s rotunda, July 24th to August 7th. 
The new show is described as “an artistic expression of Caribbean experience through our lenses.”  The show is free and can be viewed 9am – 9pm daily.
“The CCPAC, and this exhibition is all about archiving the history of the Caribbean Canadian experience,” explains Anthony Berot, the founder of the Canadian Caribbean Photographic Art Collective.  “ We have an amazing story that is unique to the people of the Caribbean that now call Canada home.  Black. Chinese. Indian we have a common experience that isn’t African or American – it is our collective memory.  As photographers and historians it is an experience we want to exhibit to everyone!”
Photograph of Anthony Berot by Stephen Weir
“The Canadian Caribbean Photographic Art Collective is building a digital knowledge of the community,” he told the Caribbean Camera.  “We called the show Beyond the Carnival, because, while most of us take pictures at Carnival events, we are taking are pictures to places and experiences people might not have seen before.  I am in the process of taking formal portraits of all the leaders of the Mas Camps who are part of the  2018 Toronto Caribbean Carnival.”
Berot, totting his ever-present Canon Camera and his video equipment is fixture at ALL Toronto Caribbean Carnivals.  In the last decade he has recorded every aspect of the carnival. 
For the past five years he has been the official photographer for the festival. His pictures have been used by travel and entertainment media from around the world. His work appears regularly on television, in print and online. 
Although the Canadian Caribbean Photographic Art Collective, is not part of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, the festival is the sponsor of the show and will be holding an opening reception for this seminal photography exhibition.
Showing in the exhibition and sale will be Benjamin Alunyo, David Lewis, Gilbert Medina, Horace Thorne, Ian Grant , Jenny Baboolal, Peter Fauve and Mr. Berot.


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