Identity has always been a pertinent discussion throughout the history modern Jamaican Art. This issue has become even more relevant to young Jamaican artists, as questions of identity have extended the discussion to self, race, body, and autobiography.
The show Taboo: Identities, Race, Sexuality + The Body, seeks to educate and to confront the Jamaican public about issues it has yet to tackle as valid constructs to a Jamaican Identity. The show seeks to uncover discussions of taboo notions of identity as it relates to a Jamaican context. The exhibit will feature work done by 10 Jamaican artists and 1 American Artist. The show seeks to host a discourse with young Jamaican artists to whom the construct of identity is a continued discussion, through an exploration of the body, race and sexuality. The inclusion of an American artist opens up the discourse for an alternative perspective on these kinds of identity constructs.
The exhibit will be first staged at the Olympia Art Center, Kingston, Jamaica with an official opening on June 26th 2008 at 6pm. The show maybe viewed at this venue from June 26th - July 26th. In the fall of 2008 the show will then travel to the University of Kentucky, Lexington KY (USA). This will allow the University and the wider Lexington communities, the opportunity to view works of art not only form another region, but also to educate the wider communities and the university community about visual responses and experiences in other geographic locations.
Artists involved in this project are:
Sheldon Clayton, Oneika Russell, Kereina Changfatt, Andrene Lord, Ainsworth Case, Camille Chedda, Ebony G. Patterson, Sean Gyshen Fennell.
Special thanks to University of Kentucky, University of Kentucky Diversity Commission and the College of Fine Arts and Olympia Art Center and their private donorss for their support and funding