Priya Shiwram


This study embarks on a profound exploration of the intricate intersectional impact of imposter syndrome on Indo-Caribbean creatives. It explores the systemic barriers rooted in Caribbean culture and how they intersect with profound self-doubt, all while navigating Eurocentric ideals ingrained in the creative industries. This research aims to shed light on the distinct and formidable challenges that I, as part of the Indo-Caribbean creative community, face in this field, particularly emphasizing issues of identity and representation. By delving into the multifaceted dimensions of imposter syndrome and its effects on myself and fellow Indo-Caribbean creatives, this study intends to unveil the complex emotions associated with not belonging and critically analyze how these emotions intersect with Indo-Caribbean culture while being a first-generation Canadian. The outcomes of this research are poised to provide an insightful perspective on how the entrenched Eurocentric standards within the creative industries detrimentally impact creatives of Indo-Caribbean descent. A practice-based approach will be adopted to navigate my research, leveraging qualitative and autoethnographic techniques. The culmination of these efforts will manifest in creating an art installation with photographic elements, which will serve as a conduit for expressing my identity as a multidisciplinary designer. The creative process will use exploratory and experimental photography techniques to craft self-portraits and graphic designs that explore texture and shape. These artistic elements will be manipulated to convey the intricate web of dispirited feelings entangled within imposter syndrome. The objective is to create a visual portrayal of my experience that resonates with Indo-Caribbean creatives. The methodology will seamlessly blend qualitative research techniques, incorporating a round table discussion with established Ino-Caribbean Creatives. These methodologies will serve as the vehicle through which my experiences and the perspectives of others within the Indo-Caribbean creative community will be explored and defined. Additionally, autoethnographic elements will be integrated into the research, enabling me to draw upon personal experiences to understand the intersectional impact of imposter syndrome on Caribbean creatives. Furthermore, primary research will be undertaken to review and decipher ancestral documentation, thereby enriching the understanding of my Guyanese heritage and its role in shaping my identity and creative journey. The YOU ARE GOLD community is open to Indo-Caribbean creatives on Instagram and TikTok.