Artist David Berg has been surrounded by carnival traditions his entire life: first as child soaking up the annual Christmas-season festival, then training to be a Moko Jumbie – one of the carnival’s dramatic, athletic high-stilt walkers – and finally as a photographer and historian, documenting the Moko Jumbies and other festival traditions
David A. Berg is a Caribbean native; he lives, shoots, and edits just outside Frederiksted, St. Croix, on an old Danish plantation close to his family home. In Berg’s photographs, he seeks to capture the forgotten past of the Virgin Islands as it emerges in the present moment. What moves him is the hidden depths of each person, each family, building, place, and cultural artifact that he looks at through his viewfinder. The photographs are archival in the sense that they seek to preserve and document Caribbean culture, as well as to express its rich depths to visitors and the outside world. David has been exhibiting his work for nearly a decade and has been featured in many shows that center on the African diaspora and the effects of colonialism.
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