Exhibition: I Is AnOther opens at New Art Exchange in NottinghamTuesday, November 6th, 2012 Categories: Diaspora, Exhibitions, Updates
A barber’s chair and falling dominoes feature in part two of I Is AnOther – a New Art Exchange exhibition exploring issues surrounding contemporary notions of identity by celebrating Jamaica’s 50th anniversary of independence. Through a presentation of the best contemporary talent in sculpture, painting, installation, film and video from across the diverse Jamaican diaspora, part two of I is AnOther shifts focus from addressing the impact of ancestral and historical influences on identity, as identified in part one; to the impact of an environment on a sense of self.
Internationally renowned art critic and historian Edward Lucie Smith will lead discussions surrounding Jamaican contemporary art and help launch part two of the exhibition which, according to I is AnOther curator Rachael Barrett, provides a timely call for an independence of critical thought with regard to the island’s rich artistic community. “Cultural stereotypes prevail in which indigenous food is never considered fine cuisine; locally made fashion cannot compete as couture; and local art fights classification as that more lowly cousin, craft,” she said.
Part one of I Is AnOther, launched in September, comprised of work by Storm Saulter – initiator of the pioneering New Caribbean Cinema; painter Hurvin Anderson – currently featured within the Liverpool Biennial, as well as work by installation artist Nari Ward who is exhibiting for the first time in the UK following her exhibition at Mass MOCA, USA. Part two of I Is AnOther introduces to the exhibition new work by mixed media artist Ebony G. Patterson who is presenting in the UK for the first time, as well as photographer and filmmaker Peter Dean Rickards. Part two will also include new works from Hurvin Anderson and Nari Ward.
The environments, presented in part two of I is AnOther highlight the impact of poverty, crime, racial stereotyping and cross-cultural assimilation on post-modern understandings of the self. To see more visit New Art Exchange.