The Jamaica Biennial 2017 submissions by Marlon James can be seen at the National Gallery of Jamaica until May 28. The works from the Blackout: Kingston 12 series were first published in Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism under a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Marlon James was born in 1980, in Kingston, Jamaica. He attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and graduated with a Diploma in Sculpture. He began working as a photographer while still a student and it soon became his primary medium. As a commercial and fine arts photographer, his work has been published and exhibited locally and internationally. While his photographic practice is quite diverse, James is best known for his provocative portraits of fellow artists and persons who challenge societal norms, who are presented in both an iconic and candid fashion. His recent exhibitions include his solo exhibition entitled Intimate Encounters (2013) at NLS in Kingston Jamaica, the Jamaica Biennial 2014, and the Jamaican Routes exhibition in 2016, in Oslo, Norway. He currently lives in Cascade, Trinidad.