In ten years 200 exhibitions have been opened, 75 publications have been
printed, and hundreds of artists have been featured at the Image Factory. This
morning the factory launched what just might its definitive publication. Keith
Swift has more.
Keith Swift Reporting,
Its entitled: Made in Belize and the book contains artworks from 33 contemporary
Belizean artists. From Richard Holder's epic 'Last Supper,' George Gabb's historic
'Sleeping Giant,' and Angela Gegg's 'Mixed Media.'
Angela Gegg, Featured Artist
"This piece was actually my 2004 Subconscious Works of Art Exhibit.
One of my buyers owns it. It is a gigantic piece. It is very big and pretty
much represents me as an abstract, surrealist artist."
The book, which was released in three covers, was compiled by Maggie Turner.
She says it began as a class project 4 years ago.
Maggie Turner, Author
"It started with a paper that I wrote four years ago and I interviewed
nine of the artists for that paper and then decided that what good would the
paper do for Belize; Belize needed something a little more tangible, a resource,
a book. So I came up with that idea to come back and do more research for something
a little bit more complex with Yasser. He invited me back for the summer to
start working on the book."
These 33 images from 33 artists were chosen from among a pool of hundreds but
Turner says making the selections were easy.
With each artist I brought my camera and just took a lot of different photographs
and picking the portrait of them was pretty easy and then I just really picked
which works struck an interest with me."
And apart from picture - the book also details a "whose who" in art
"There is a picture of each artist and a picture of each of their work
so its nice to be able to put a name to a face. But the text is the important
part. All these artists have such amazing stories about how they started drawing
or painting and how what they are working on right now. So I think the text
is the most important part."
Turner worked closely on the project with Image Factory Curator Gilvano Swasey.
Gilvano Swasey, Curator - Image Factory
"This whole book is a very unique experience and it's a great combination
to anything you have in your home, even if you don't collect art and you just
love it. It shows how creative we are."
For Image Factory boss Yasser Musa, Made in Belize is more than just a book
of pictures - it is an important piece of Belizean cultural history.
Yasser Musa, Image Factory
"The book is an important record for Belize. Since our independence
the role of the artist has become an important one in the identity building
of our nation. Our national identity is constantly under attack and the role
of the artist in 2007 is even more significant today. This publication adds
to the image of Belize. It catalogues and documents cultural workers doing their
The book is available widely for $25.