The experiences of Indian women who served as indentured laborers in the Caribbean during the late 1800s and early 1900s is history that is not widespread. Their stories and legacies are still carried by their familial generations, and these stories are being told and expressed in many ways.
Indo-Caribbean artist, Renluka Maharaj, shares the stories of her family’s history as indentured laborers through autobiographical work that is influenced by the narratives, myths and folklore born from the women who migrated from India to the Caribbean. Maharaj investigates themes of history and memory and explores how these inform identity through colorful mixed-media collages, paintings, photography, and artistic sculpting.
Join Portland’5 Centers for the Arts’ Department of Culture and Community for an artist talk with Renluka Maharaj, followed by a conversation with Sarena Maharaj, and a Diwali dance party hosted by Portland’s DJ Anjali. The artist talk with Renluka Maharaj will begin at 7:30pm in the Winningstad Theatre, followed by the Diwali Celebration with DJ Anjali at 9pm in the Antoinette Hatfield Hall Rotunda Lobby.
Questions & Accommodation Requests: Portland’5 Director of Culture and Community, Ruby Joy White, RubyWhite@portland5.com
Co-sponsored by the Bhakti Yoga Movement Center and ChaiwallahPDX.