Sunday, April 30, 2017

Event: “Last Sundays, April 30, 2017” featuring the 'Jamaica Biennial 2017' Exhibition @ 11:00am to 4:00pm and a screening of the film documentary 'Shashamane' @ 1:30pm at NGJ — Jamaica, WI

“Last Sundays, April 30, 2017”
feat. the 'Jamaica Biennial' & film 'Shashamane' at NGJ
Event: “Last Sundays, April 30, 2017” featuring the 'Jamaica Biennial 2017' Exhibition @ 11:00am to 4:00pm and a screening of the film documentary 'Shashamane' @ 1:30pm at NGJ — Jamaica, WI; Event Details – Where: National Gallery of Jamaica; Location: 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies (Entrance is on Orange Street); Tel: 1-876-922-1561, 1-876-922-1563; Fax: 1-876-922-8544; E-mail:; Opening hours: Tues-Thurs: 10am to 4:30pm; Fri: 10am-4pm; Sat: 10am-3pm; Last Sundays: the NGJ is open every last Sunday of the month, normally 11am-4pm
Event Description: “The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sundays programme for April 30, 2017 will feature the 'Jamaica Biennial 2017' exhibition and a screening of the film documentary, 'Shashamane, On the Trail of The Promised Land.' The film explores the narratives of a number of settlers of African-descent from across the world, who have been living in Shashamane – a 200-hectare plot of land in Ethiopia, located 250 km south of Addis Ababa. The land was donated to all blacks in the world by the Emperor of Ethiopia Hailé Selassie in 1950. Ras Mweya Masimba is one of the key characters in the film, he moved to Shashamane in 1990. He is an English-born artist of Jamaican origins who depicts the deeds of his people in his animated films. Today African descendants from around the world — France, Jamaica, the United States, the United Kingdom, and various Caribbean islands – live in Shashamane. All of them were motivated by the desire for self-affirmation, after centuries of humiliation, and a longing to bring up their children in a nurturing context devoid of racism, making of tangible reality of the famous 'Exodus' sung by Bob Marley ... Visitors will be able to view the critically acclaimed 'Jamaica Biennial 2017' which opened in late February 2017 at three locations: the National Gallery of Jamaica on the Kingston waterfront, Devon House in New Kingston and National Gallery West in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay. Featuring a diverse mix of locally and overseas based artists, some of them well known and others emerging or new, the 2017 edition of the 'Jamaica Biennial' reflects the vitality of the Jamaican art scene and the complex global dynamics that shape the art of the Caribbean region today. As was first done in 2014, the 'Jamaica Biennial' features six specially invited international artists, from the Caribbean and its Diaspora—Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Raquel Paiewonsky, Marcel Pinas, Nadia Huggins at the National Gallery of Jamaica; Andrea Chung at Devon House; and David Gumbs at National Gallery West—and the exhibition also includes two special tributes to noted Jamaican artists—Alexander Cooper and Peter Dean Rickards, both of which can be viewed at the National Gallery of Jamaica. The exhibition includes work in conventional media and styles as well as more experimental work in digital and other contemporary media, including several mixed media installations. The largest and arguably the most ambitious such exhibition staged to date by the National Gallery, the 'Jamaica Biennial' runs at all three locations until May 28, 2017 ...”Read more: National Gallery of Jamaica Blog
For further information: National Gallery of Jamaica Blog, National Gallery of and National Gallery of Jamaica-Twitter.

Shashamane-Official Trailer - video by Journeyman Pictures

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