The Jamaica Biennial 2017 is currently on view at the National Gallery of Jamaica and Devon House in Kingston and at National Gallery West in Montego Bay and continues at all three sites until May 28. Here is another feature on one of the international invitees, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, whose site-specific video installation “8 Years to Freedom” can be seen at the National Gallery of Jamaica. Lyn-Kee-Chow performed in her installation at the main opening function on February 26.
Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow (1975, Manchester, Jamaica) is an interdisciplinary artist with a BFA from New World School of the Arts, University of Florida, (1996) and an MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York (2006). Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and she frequently participates in performance art festivals held in the United States and Asia. Lyn-Kee-Chow was commissioned to present both visual arts and live performance in the landmark exhibition Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora (2016) at the Royal West Academy of England, Bristol, U.K., and participated in the National Gallery of Jamaica’s Digital (2016) exhibition. Lyn-Kee-Chow often explores performance and installation art, which draws from the nostalgia of her homeland, the commodified imagery of Caribbean primitivism, folklore, fantasy, consumerism, spirituality and nature’s ephemerality. She lives and works in Queens, NYC, and is a faculty member of the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts.