Sasha-Kay Hinds placed second in the United Nations Jamaica Art for Human Rights visual arts competition open to students at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts (EMCVPA), held to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2018.
I was in grade nine when the Tivoli Gardens incursion happened, and friends at school told me stories about family members being killed or being confined to their communities. Hearing them made me cry, but then I also felt that maybe they were lying or stretching the truth.
To be honest I was maybe a bit naive. I was very young at the time and even though I lived near downtown, of Windward road, what my friends went through was not my experience, because my mother sheltered me.
Later when I was studying Fashion design and Web Site Development at Garmex HEART Academy, I would have to walk through the community, and I would always see these boulders blocking the road. Meanwhile my friends from the community would still be telling me that they could not get over what they experienced, that they still feel trapped.
School-friends’ family members killed in Tivoli incursion
I felt confident choosing Article 13, which is the right to freedom of movement. I did this for my friends and people like the little boy in the image who don’t have a voice.
The shadow you are seeing in the photograph represents his brother who was killed by a stray bullet. Meanwhile the boulder is of course about a loss of freedom of movement that he and others in the community feel.
Also, in the images, the community is black and white and the sky is blue. I’ve been through many inner-city communities, and I know inner-city people, and they have those down-to-earth vibes, but everything I saw that day seemed forced.
Residents lack freedom of movement
When I was with the soldiers, they did not feel very interactive with the people, and did not want me to take the photos. They were more like the boulders. They did not want to talk to you. What kind of relationship do you develop with someone who controls your community but who will not talk to you?
It was a bit challenging to take the photos, because the soldiers did not want them to be taken. Some shots were sneaky and that shots were done without a pose, which for me made it powerful.
(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.