My name is Lisandro Suriel and I am a surrealist photographer and filmmaker from a small 37 square-mile island in The West Indies now based in Amsterdam. I am currently working on my project Ghost Island, in which I explore the complex identity the African Diaspora.
This project is for those of the Diaspora who, like me, are curious about the complexity of the Black body in The New World. While the story of the diaspora finds its roots in the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the real diasporic identity far extends the visible vestiges of empire. Many stories of and about our past have evaded documentation and remain shrouded by the violence of oppression. Ghost Island is for those who question paradigm and ever wondered who they really are.
Contributions are needed to fund the research for his project and to create content. We are collecting and logging local lore, from various regions in the Caribbean and the Americas. This way, a survey is carried out that helps us to understand of the scope of the collective consciousness. Furthermore, the findings are expressed in surreal art photography and film. This is the most expensive part to which most of the proceeds will go.
Support for this project would mean so much, not only to me, but also to entire communities. Ghost Island is a way in which we can reclaim our past and tell our own narrative. With your donation you are contributing to a collective expression of a forgotten identity; something that is beyond monetary value.
Along the way, Ghost Island tries to give back to the community directly with talks and presentations about its findings regarding diasporic identity. Already on November 13th 2018, we gave a presentation about Ghost island and stimulated a discourse on identity with students of Quilombos at UFRB in Feira de Santana, Brazil. We also donated a print of the project to the student organization and university.
There is so much to achieve, and so many to reach with this project. Therefore any amount is welcome and fundamental to Ghost Island.
Please feel free to follow the project at: https://www.lisandrosuriel.com
There you can also find the link to the artist instagram page: @lisandrosurielphotog