National Gallery opens Digital Exhibition today
The National Gallery of Jamaica's Last Sundays programme for April 24, 2016, will feature the opening of the Digital Exhibition and a musical performance by Chevaughn (former lead singer of the band C Sharp). Digital, as the title suggests, is an exhibition of digital art, including video, animation, short films, GIFs, digital illustrations, photography, and social and interactive media, and was curated by Veerle Poupeye, O'Neil Lawrence, and Monique Barnett-Davidson.
The exhibition is based on a call for submissions, which was, for the first time in the National Gallery's history, extended to the wider Caribbean and its diaspora. Of the 73 submissions received, 39 were selected for the exhibition, which features artists who are based in or are from Jamaica, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Suriname, Bermuda, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St Martin, the United States, Canada, France, England, Germany, and China.
The selected artists are Ewan Atkinson; Sonia Barrett; Jacqueline Bishop; Kimani Beckford; Beverley Bennett; Ruben Cabenda; Larry Chang; Robin Clare; James Cooper; Di-Andre Caprice Davis; Pablo Delano; Cecile Emeke; Luk Gama; Gregory Stennatt; David Gumbs; Versia Harris; Horacio Hospedales; Katherine Kennedy; Prudence Lovell; Kelley-Ann Lindo; Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow; Olivia McGilchrist; Shane McHugh; Patricia Mohammed; Richard Nattoo; the New Media and Process Class, Edna Manley College; Sharon Norwood; Jik-Reuben Pringle; Gabriel Ramos; Richard Mark Rawlins; Sheena Rose; Danielle Russell; Oneika Russell; Nile Saulter; Henri Tauliaut; Phillip Thomas; Dione Walker; Ronald Williams; Rodell Warner, Arnaldo James; and Darron Clarke.
Most of the works in Digital engage actively with the political implications of images and image-making, and the exhibition invites reflection about the rapidly changing dynamics of technology, culture, society, and visuality since the 'digital revolution' globally and in the Caribbean context.
The National Gallery of Jamaica's doors will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, and the exhibition's opening and the performance by Chevaughn will start at 1:30 p.m. As is customary, admission will be free, but contributions to the National Gallery's donations box are always appreciated. The National Gallery gift and coffee shops will be open for business, and proceeds from these ventures help to fund programmes such as Last Sundays and exhibitions such as Digital.