Forgotten Paradise: Gazette’s Sun


Charlotte Brathwaite uses her multidisciplinary directorial talents to highlight unheard, unseen, and overlooked stories of the realities, the threats, and dreams of the marginalized while offering new perspectives in content and form.

Artist Bio

Forgotten Paradise: Gazette’s Sun is an experiment in creative nonfiction filmmaking, installation and live performance. It traces the lineage of Director Charlotte Brathwaite’s family history against the backdrop of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.


Award Year
2019
Status

In Progress

Charlotte Brathwaite

New York, NY

Charlotte Brathwaite is a New York City-based director of Barbadian descent. At 16, she came to New York and worked as a performer with La MaMa. Today, she is a director known for her unique approach to classical and unconventional texts, music, dance, visual arts, installation and performance events presented globally. Her work considers the current moment while dealing with subject matter from the historical past to the distant future, illuminating issues of social justice, race, sex, power, and complexities of the human condition. Brathwaite highlights unheard and unseen stories of the realities, threats, and dreams of the marginalized while offering new perspectives in content and form. She contrasts ideas of beauty and violence, history and fiction, fantasy and reality, engaging with the complex diasporatic identity through modes of agency rather than oppression. Brathwaite received her BA from Amsterdam School for the Arts, her MFA from Yale, and is an assistant professor at MIT.