Exhibition breaks new ground
Jamaica Biennial 2014, which has been rebranded and expanded as part of the National Gallery of Jamaica's (NGJ) 40th anniversary programme, builds on the National Biennial exhibitions held at the gallery since 2002 and its predecessor, the Annual National Exhibitions.
One major change is that the biennial now includes an international component, with six special projects by international artists - Renee Cox (Jamaica/USA), James Cooper (Bermuda), Blue Curry (Bahamas/UK), Gilles Elie-dit-Cosaque (Martinique), Richard Mark Rawlins (Trinidad) and Sheena Rose (Barbados).
Another development is that the juried section was selected by two international judges, Diana Nawi, Associate Curator at the Perez Art Museum in Miami, and Sara Hermann, a curator and art historian from the Dominican Republic.
In all, Jamaica Biennial 2014 consists of more than 120 works by 97 artists, including well-established artists as well as many young and emerging ones. A wide range of artistic media and approaches is represented, from representational and abstract painting to video and performance art, with a particularly strong representation of digital photography and video art.
In another first, the biennial will also be shown at more than one location. In addition to NGJ, parts of the exhibition will be shown at Devon House and at National Gallery West. Devon House was the National Gallery's original home when it opened in 1974. One other project, by Blue Curry, will be shown in various locations on the streets of downtown Kingston.
All other exhibits will be at NGJ.