Monday, September 30, 2013

Exhibition: “New Roots: 10 Emerging Artists” ENDS Monday, September 30, 2013 at the National Gallery — Jamaica, West Indies

Olivia McGilchrist, "Native Girl"
Exhibition: “New Roots: 10 Emerging Artists”
ENDS Monday, September 30, 2013
at the National Gallery — Jamaica, West Indies
The NGJ’s [current] exhibition, “New Roots: 10 Emerging Artists”, open[ed] on July 28 and features work by Deborah Anzinger, Varun Baker, Camille Chedda, Gisele Gardner, The Girl and the Magpie, Matthew McCarthy, Olivia McGilchrist, Astro Saulter, Nile Saulter and Ikem Smith. Some of these artists already have an exhibition history, in Jamaica or elsewhere, while others are fresh out of art school but all are relatively new to the local art world and all are under 40 years old. The exhibition is designed to identify and encourage new directions in the Jamaican art world. It features are in conventional and new media – painting in various media and on various surfaces, digital photography, video and animation, and jewelry – and a variety of genres and styles, from the documentary to the fantastic. There are no deliberate common themes in the exhibition but the title New Roots was chosen, with a certain amount of ironic intent, to signal how the work reflects the current cultural moment, a moment of undeniable crisis, globally and locally, in which the older, postcolonial search for cultural affirmation – and “roots” – has been replaced by a new willingness to acknowledge and embrace uncertainty and instability, at the personal and the collective level. While the works in the exhibition ask at times uncomfortable and unsettling questions, there is however no overwhelming sense of dystopia and if anything, the exhibition reflects a new willingness on the part of the artists to intervene actively into the social environment, in a way that reflects genuine social responsibility, empathy and respect for others, and a notable sense of humour. Read more: For further information:,, and

No comments:

Post a Comment