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DJ Af i fa to play at the National Gallery

Published:Friday | August 23, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Artist Matthew McCarthy with his work when the 'New Roots' exhibition opened at the National Gallery of Jamaica in July.-Photo by Colin Hamilton
DJ Afifa scans through selections on her laptop.-FILE

The National Gallery of Jamaica's Last Sundays programme for August is scheduled for Sunday, August 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visitors will have the opportunity to view the gallery's latest exhibition, New Roots: 10 Emerging Jamaican Artists, along with selections from the permanent collections, from the Taino to the contemporary.

New Roots, which opened to an enthusiastic capacity crowd on July 28, features work by 10 artists under 40 years old - Deborah Anzinger, Varun Baker, Camille Chedda, Gisele Gardner, Matthew McCarthy, Olivia McGilchrist, Astro Saulter, Nile Saulter, Ikem Smith, and The Girl and the Magpie.


Their work is in a variety of media, ranging from painting, photography and jewellery to video and animation. The exhibition features some of the most dynamic and innovative directions in the Jamaican art world, question conventional understandings of art and the artist, and present a compassionate and socially engaged perspective on contemporary Jamaican society.

On Sunday, DJ Afifa Aza will present a music selection inspired by the New Roots exhibition. Sound artist Afifa, is a regular collaborator with visual and new-media artists, is co-founder of SO((U))L, a creative experiment in the development of alternative community spaces that promote discovery and exploration of music, art, culture, social justice, equality and self-reliance.

The SO((U))L community has a physical home at the 'HQ', in Stony Hill, St Andrew, and a strong online presence on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.


As is customary, admission to the gallery will be free on Sunday, and free guided tours and gallery-based children's activities will be offered.

Contributions to the donations box are welcomed. Revenue from the shops and donations help to fund programmes such as the New Roots exhibition and Last Sunday programmes.