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Ainsworth Case [3 Images]
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Ainsworth Case Born in Trelawny, Jamaica (1984), Case is a 2007 graduate of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts where he received an Honours Diploma in Painting. Case was also a nominee for the 2007 Prime Minster’s Youth Award for Excellence. Gender politics, body and labelling are pertinent discussions in Case’s work. He cites in his statement that authenticities of “the dual” have always and will forever exist as an immense component of human existence: male/ female, man/ woman, corporeal/cognitive, public/private, etc. Consequently, the ideas of gendered spaces/ places ought to be of no unease to anyone or assemblage of persons. He states further that he attempts this task through the edifice of a visual critique on tolerable male and female behaviour in public and private and also as corporeal/ cognitive space and place. Through the recording of ritualized human performances, enactments and re-enactments of the tabooed self he declares that he intends to emphasize the often remote, veiled, outlawed, meaningless, obscene, revolting and overlooked facets of human existence. Case lives and works in Kingston, Jamaica.


Andrene Lord [4 Images]
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Born in Kingston Jamaica in 1983, Lord is a graduate of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts where she received an Honours Diploma in Painting. She has participated in several exhibitions in Jamaica, Europe and The U.S. and currently is pursuing a MFA in Painting at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Lord has also been a recipient of a number of scholarships and awards. The body is subject of investigation for the artist. Through the process of deconstructing the artist is constantly questioning the biological construction and notions of “femininity” that the female body perpetuates through symbolic imagery. “The female body often reflects and enforces cultural desires about a woman’s beauty and sexuality and it is on this premise that I seek to explore the psycho-sexual aspects of this idea through a ‘microscopic lens’.” Lord lives and works in Massachusetts.


Camille Chedda [5 Images]
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Born in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica (1985) Chedda is a 2007 Graduate of the Edna Manley College where she received an Honours Diploma in Painting. She has participated in several exhibits in Jamaica, such as the National Biennial, National Gallery of Jamaica (2006) and Materializing Slavery, National Gallery of Jamaica (2007). Body politics, space and history are on going thematic relationships in Chedda’s work. She cites in her statement ‘the body has been her means of visually expressing ideas surrounding emotional and physical abuses, through creating imagery associated with the history and everyday life of Jamaican people’. Chedda’s most recent body of work in this exhibit , explores recent social commentary on sexuality , gender, the body and women’s rights, surrounding issues of abortion. For Chedda, media plays a major role in communicating ideas, hence her use of non-traditional materials in most of her works. Chedda lives and works in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.


Ebony G. Patterson [2 Images]
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Born in Kingston, Jamaica (1981), Patterson graduated from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2004, with an Honours Diploma in Painting, and later on from Sam Fox College of Art and Design at the Washington University in St. Louis in 2006, with an MFA in Printmaking and Drawing. She has participated in several group exhibits in Jamaica, U.S.A. and Europe and has staged four solo exhibits. These include: Curator’s Eye III: Ceremony in Space, Time and Sound, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica 2008. New Blue Emerging- First Kentucky Art Biennial, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY 2008, Wall to Wall: Large Scale Drawing, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY 2008, NEXT: The Invitational Exhibition of Emerging Art, Chicago, IL 2008, Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn New York 2007, Hybrids, Seeline Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2007, Curator’s Eye II: Identity and History: Personal and Social Narratives in Art in Jamaica, National Gallery of Jamaica 2005 and Super Plus Under 40 Artist of the Year 2005 where she championed the award for Under 40 Artist of the Year.. Patterson’s current body of work ‘Gangstas for Life’ explores the fashionable practice of skin bleaching within Dancehall culture. The images raises questions about perceptions of masculinity within Jamaican dancehall culture. The images are deconstructed into stereotypical homosexual beauties, with bleached faces, red glossed lips, glitter and feminine motifs. These images challenge practices of the emasculation of the young black males and questions stereotypical standards of beauty amongst genders. The dancehall has become a place of major cultural significance amongst young working class Jamaicans. It is the community waterhole where one learns about the latest slangs, songs, dances, fashion and social gender practices. This body of work explores contemporary notions of beauty within a Jamaican context and the grotesque as the sought after beauty. This work raises questions about body politics and gender, gender and beauty, beauty and stereotyping, race and beauty, beauty and the grotesque . She currently serves as an Assistant Professor in Painting at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Patterson lives and works in Kingston, Jamaica and Lexington, KY.


Kereina Changfatt [3 Images]
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Born in Kingston, Jamaica (1975), Changfatt attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts where she received a Diploma in Painting. During her studies at Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, she developed an interest in printmaking and continues to use its language as an integral part of her work .She has consistently exhibited her works both locally and internationally since graduating in 1997 and continues to make work in a variety of media, these include: Photography as a Tool and Medium in Contemporary Art The Cag [e], Edna Manley College 2007, Super Plus Under 40 Artist of the Year Competition, Mutual Gallery, Jamaica 2007, Celebrating Jamaica, Black and White and Colour Photography. The Devonshire, 2004, Peace, X Bienal de Miniaturas Graficas Luisa Palacios , Venezuela, 2002. In 2007 she was awarded the Super Plus Under 40 Artist of the Year Jury’s Prize and will stage her First solo exhibit in July 2008 at the Mutual Gallery. Relationships, human conditions and connections have always been a major discussion throughout Changfatt’s work. She cites in her statement “…this idea has stayed with me, not only because of its universal relevance, but also because of the importance placed on my own personal relationships and how I have dealt with the experiences that they have given to me this far in my life” Changfatt’s work also explores the experience of relationships through the use of objects and metaphors that make reference to the body as fragile essences and making very strong references to the connections to human conditions and drawing on the notion of memory through theses references. Changfatt is currently pursuing Masters in Art Education with Ohio State University. Changfatt lives and works in Kingston, Jamaica


Nicole Millwood [4 Images]
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Millwood is a 2008 Graduate of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Textiles. Millwood is concerned with the verbal objectification of women in Jamaican society. In her artist statement she cites…’ In our society women are bombarded with verbal abuse predominantly in our music resulting in major societal desensitization ‘ Millwood’s works reads as a deconstruction of the perceived female body within Jamaican space, through this she confronts us with language and poise. She opens a canon of discussions that relates to women’s experiences within heavily dominated patriarchal societies, threw her use of text, layered fibres, which transform into very tactile scrolls. This is Millwood’s first major exhibition.


Oneika Russell [4 Images]
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Born in 1980,Russell graduated from the Edna Manley College with an Honours Diploma in Painting in 2003. She then received her MA in New Media at the Goldsmiths University in 2004. Russell is a painter, animator and new media artist whose works are generally made up of drawings, objects, digital animations and video. She has participated in several exhibitions in Jamaica, UK and the US these include: Curator’s Eye III: Ceremony in Time, Space and Sound, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica 2008,Mastering Slavery, Institute of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica 2007, Moving Pictures: The Art & Design on Film Series, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA 2007, National Biennial 06, The National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica 2006, Next: Oneika Russell: Power, Myths & Tragedies, The Cag [e] Gallery, Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica (Solo Exhibit) 2006, International Art Expo (Italy)/ Attitude Video/ Short & Experimental film/ photography festival, Cultural Center "Magaza" (Institute and Museum) Bitola, Macedonia 2005, Curator's Eye II: Identity & History, The National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica 2005, The Super Plus Under 40 Artist of the Year, The Mutual Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica 2005. Russell’s work seeks to question complex notions of identity and locates the conflicts of European spaces and the African Diaspora’s journey with them. Through the use of narrative Russell unveils discussions about the feminine, colonized spaces and displaces, race and beauty . Art history, historical events and figures serve as strong vehicles for these discussions through the use of drawing ,animation film and painting.


Sean Gyshen Fennell [4 Images]
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Sean Gyshen Fennell was born in the Pacific Northwest of the United States where he completed his undergraduate in Studio Art at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. He recently received his MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis. While Fennell’s work is photographically based he lets the individual project dictate the medium. His work has taken the form of traditional photography, video, performance and video installation. His work comes from the tradition of the Politics Identity Art Movement. However, he aims to deconstruct current cultural conceptions and also to facilitate a new dialogue about the experience of the Other. His work achieves this cultural dialogue by celebrating the transgressive beauty of subversive gendered experiences. Fennell is currently an Assistant Professor in Photography at the University of Denver, School of Art.


Sheldon Clayton [5 Images]
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Born in St. Catherine, Jamaica (1980). Clayton is a 2007 graduate of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. He has participated in group exhibits such as New Photography CAGE Edna Manley College (2007) . Excert from statement.... These images are proxies (acting with authority on behalf of a person). These proxies are signifiers of man's existence and his survival of the many historical holocausts. Man is homo-estheticus; that is man is in love with himself. Hence the regard to reward through the medium of painting this self investigation. The images are looking back at the viewer as centinels of history, but with some obfuscation and are deep-ceited which also weaves multiple narratives between both viewer and sitter. The process of painting is borrowing from photography certain principles and techniques such as depth of field to highlight one. The depth of field is where explicit contrast is shown within the same canvas. Black as a colour is an ongoing challenge with references from artists such as Keith Piper and Omari Ra. Black recedes into historical anonymity and is subject to many discussions and actions.


Taboo Identites Opening Ceromony @ the University of Kentucky [25 Images]
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October 16th 2008 opening at the Tuska Center of Contemporary Art . Taboo Identities: Race , Sexuality + the Body - A Jamaican Context , US debut.


Taboo Identites Opening Night Jamaica + Installation shots ! [40 Images]
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These are pics from the Taboo Identities opening at the Olympia Art Centre on June 26th, 2008, along with installation shots. The Exhibit was very well attended and received by its viewers. Local cable television networks, HPYE TV, RE TV, and JNN were present at the event. Congratultions and thanks to all participating artists, Olympia Art Centre and their staff ,Veerle Poupeye, Jermaine Wellington, and the University of Kentucky. Be sure to check out the essay of Veerle Poupeye on the home page of this site titled: The New Identity Politics: Race, Sexuality and the Body in Contemporary Jamaican Art .



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