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Mark of the Hand Aubrey Williams
The Guyanese painter returns to his homeland on a “journey to the source of his inspiration”.
Documentary 1987 53 mins
Director: Imruh Caesar
Guyanese painter Aubrey Williams (1926-1990) returns to his homeland on a "journey to the source of his inspiration" in this vivid Arts Council documentary, filmed towards the end of his life. The title comes from the indigenous Arawak word 'timehri' - the mark of the hand of man - which Williams equates to art itself. Timehri was also then the name of the international airport at Georgetown, Guyana's capital, where Williams stops off to restore an earlier mural and is honoured by President H.D. Hoyte.
Narrated by Norman Beaton, the film offers a rare insight into life beyond Georgetown, what Williams calls "the real Guyana". Before moving to England in 1952 he had been sent to work on a sugar plantation in the jungle; this is his first chance to revisit the region and the Warao Indians - formative influences on his work - in four decades. Challenging the ill-treatment of indigenous Guyanese, Williams explored the potential of art to change attitudes. By venturing beyond his British studio, this film puts his work into vibrant context.
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