Showing posts from January, 2013

Issue 4 is out!!! Journey through the streets of Kolcata I Fight for Indigenous rights I Pay tribute to a great Art Historian!

What's Inside...

Plus + + + Tribute to the Late Art Historian Dewey Mosby, The Struggle for Identity and The Mexican Headdress, Emerging Artist Abenah Gonzalez, as well as Mexican Designers combining Haute Couture with Tradition!

Peaceful Encounters: Max Earle explains the intention behind his photographs

We asked Jamaican photographer Max Earle to explain 3 of his favourite photos...

 "I was asked by Amy to create an image that primarily showed her love for horses. My interpretation was to show her in as close a proximity to her love as possible. No foreground or background to take away from the intimacy I tried to capture."

"This comes from a villa shoot I was commissioned to do for the owners website and visual marketing. This image in particular I wanted the viewer to be able to imagine themselves right there at the time. This was done by using what I call “negative space” in other words…nothing of a focal point in most of the image. The power of the shot forces you see the view as if you were right there, right now."


"This is a shot I literally stumbled on that caught my attention while up at Strawberry Hill on another assignment. I found it rather whimsical that this was all there was…a gate with no fence. These kinds of 'hap…

Kai Watson has a penchant for the delicate, beautiful and expressive

Kai Watson refuses to accept the notion of the "Starving artist" as, for him, the term represents a romanticizing of the struggle of freelance and the entrepreneurial efforts of artists. He prefers to say that he is still laying the foundation for his career and life.
Kai has a penchant for the delicate, beautiful, and expressive as exhibited in his latest predilections for topics relating to dance and orchids. He also appreciates what he describes as “the graceful power of athletes.”
When asked whether he would switch places with any of the subjects in his paintings, Kai told Cultural Voice that he was fond of “being in his own shoes,” and added that it was the uniqueness of the individual that was special in each work.
Kai shares a rich history of artistry in his family lineage. His grandfather Barrington, who is considered to be one of the “Masters” of Jamaican painting, laid a solid foundation for the family. His father Basil is an accomplished sculptor and Kai’s greates…

Balsamo's Journey Into Oblivion

Alessandro Balsamo loves life. In Alessandro’s interview with Cultural Voice he was quite relaxed and talked openly about the various roads he has travelled on his journey, both professionally, and personally. As a program specialist in the policy and statutory implementation unit at UNESCO's Paris headquarters, Alessandro’s has had the fortune of touring the world and assisting countries in the development of stronger Cultural Heritage frameworks. Alessandro, originally from Balsamo Torino is responsible for the nomination of World Heritage Sites and formulating the tentative list order. Though Alessandro has great experience with the subject of World Heritage, our interest was piqued by his love for music and photography. Alessandro started taking pictures from a young age and his life’s journey has involved tons of travelling which gives him the opportunity to take pictures across the globe. Alessandro’s favourite subjects are “off the grid” so to speak, and he finds “run-down,…

Anushka and Arevik: Using Art to Educate!


Anushka Hayrapetyan a youth activist from Armenia spoke to Cultural Voice about her passion to mobilize and educate young people as well as her latest project 'Use Art,' a social enterprise geared towards increasing awareness about the Millenium Development Goals.At age 20, Anushka joined the National Youth Council of Armenia adding to the conversations on a wide range of youth-related issues such as, active citizenship, leadership, human rights, and intercultural dialogue striving to promote youth opportunities.

Recently Anushka, alongside her sister Arevik, have set up a blog to further their aims of youth empowerment.Anushka believes that young people have so much potential and face so many challenges.Teaching them about global issues affecting the planet such as global warming, violence, peace building.Young people use imagination to help address these issues by creating art.They can click on the art at and learn about of the global c…

My Cultural Voice - Dr. Masa Mikola

We all have an identity.... sometimes it's not so easy to define...

Dr Masa Mikola, Research Fellow, The Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Australia shares her cultural voice.... 

Dr Mikola has a PhD in intercultural studies and a background in journalism, communication and migration studies. Her doctoral work focused on migration, diversity rhetoric and the issues of space, place and social interaction in Melbourne. She is currently a research fellow on an ARC Linkage project: ‘Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship among Migrant Youth in Australia’.

Have you met photographer Nicole Brown?

Nicole Brown loves cats. She finds them “lovely, opinionated and cute.” She also loves a trip to Portland where she can relax and snorkel by the “Blue Hole.” Nicole an emerging photographer in a crowded Jamaican scene is determined to stand out from the crowd and confesses that she is continuously “coming outside of her comfort zone and trying to push the envelope” on conventional photography. In doing this she ensures that she defines her individual style. Nicole specializes in fine art, portrait, wedding and architectural photography. For each subject area, Nicole tells CV that she aims to be both creative and experimental.

Nicole the Photo Activist Nicole views photo activism as “the philosophy and history of how activists and social reformers have used the camera as a research tool and instrument for social reform.”She believes that there are topical issues that need to be focused on in Jamaica such as gender and equality; child abuse and neglect; human trafficking and drug abuse a…

Cultural Voice's Blog, eZine and FB page grow from strength to strength!

The CV Team hopes you're having a fantastic 2013 thus far! 2012 was a great year for Cultural Voice. We take this opportunity to share some of our major successes with you!

In one year we've had close to 20,000 page views from over 60 countries on the Cultural Voice Blog and we've received lots of comments and positive feedback!

Find the links to the latest editions of our Cultural Voice eZine, our magazine that puts the spotlight on global trends and is your source for what is happening in the Creatice Industries. The magazine continues to grow from strength to strength.

We've also been keeping you up-to-date on Facebook and within one year our fan base has grown to over 1,700!!!!!

Finals of the Ja Blog Awards
To top it off we've also made it to the finals of the Jamaica Blog Awards for best Art/Photography Blog. If you like what we've been up to, show your support by voting for us @ Jamaica Blog Awards

Thank you :)