Trinidad and Tobago is a twin-island nation state, home to 1.3 million people who are descendants of African, Indian, Amerindian, Carib, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Syrian, and Lebanese heritage. Personal and historical narratives of colonialism, indentureship, war, and globalization weave intricately to form the social fabric of this society that is simultaneously mixed and distinctive in its cultural diversity. Color is important because color is legacy, struggle, and victory. In Trinidad and Tobago, color is also unity, a shared history, and a shared present.
This project takes inspiration from the diversity of color that saturates the Caribbean narrative, seeping into everyday life through stories of politics, employment, family, and empowerment. Like the colors of the rainbow, the women in this project represent the sum of all parts of Trinbagonian society. Each woman is an embodiment of individual strength and resilience. She is unique because she is a product of her time and circumstance. She is also part of a whole, one of many crucial storytellers, a color in the rainbow. Sewn together, the photographs make up a shared Trinbagonian legacy whose power and potency emerges only when stories converge, like rain and sunshine. Through assertions of independence, family, and security, this project pays homage to the Rainbow Ladies, the marshals of the future.