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Irish & Chin put J'can culture on exhibit at Miami's Art Basel

Published:Thursday | December 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMKimberley Small
Chin pointing to a World Clash poster which was held in a Jamaica at Pier One, MoBay.
Garfield 'Chin' Bourne on air Pitchfork Radio alongside Swizz Beatz and radio host Elia.

Last month, Garfield 'Chin' Bourne revealed his plan to put on display various recognisable elements associated with dancehall and sound system culture at the 16th staging of Miami's Art Basel. At the veteran deejay's curation, called 'Let There Be Reggae', Jamaican culture was on show at the international art fair. These included dubplates, amplifiers, clothing, and even posters and flyers from past concerts and parties.

"You may see a Sir Rodigan dubplate to a Mighty Crown dubplate to an LP International dubplate, Downbeat or even a dubplate from Renaissance," Chin told The Gleaner in a previous interview.

Art Basel is staged annually in Basel, Switzerland; Miami Beach, Florida; and in Hong Kong. Each show is organised into sectors that showcase contemporary artworks by established and newly emerging artists.

Also presenting local culture during the international art fair was Spanish Town's own Chronixx. The Skankin' Sweet singer was part of the art show called, 'No Commission' (in partnership with Bacardi), a three-day event at Miami's Art Basel curated by American producer and rapper Swizz Beatz. The No Commission stage also featured performances from Busta Rhymes, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, A$AP Rocky, DJ Khaled, and a DJ set by Swizz Beatz.

In addition to the performances, No Commission had an art gallery as well as a radio programme powered by Pitchfork, with numerous guess speakers scheduled, including Bourne.

Holding weekend-long events in major cities around the world, No Commission offers selected artists, both established and new talent alike, an opportunity to exhibit their work for free and receive 100 per cent of any sales they make. Traditional formats see artists pay a part of their earnings to the gallery, but under Swizz Beats' vision, artists pay no commission. Local fine artist Ebony G. Patterson was recently featured in a No Commission execution in the Bronx earlier this year. Other Jamaican artists selected to participate in the art fair are Di-Andre Caprice Davis, Philip Thomas and Cosmo Whyte.