Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Juried Artists: Jacqueline Bishop

Jacqueline Bishop‘s contribution to the Jamaica Biennial 2017 was a word-based audiovisual installation titled Touch Me Secretly, which was based on her Female Sexual Desires project, for which women of various backgrounds were invited to discuss candidly aspects of their sexuality that are rarely acknowledged or shared.  Bishop was born in Kingston, Jamaica. An award-winning writer, educator, photographer and painter, she in 2016 completed her MFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She also holds an MA degree in Fine Arts from New York University and a BA in Psychology from Lehman College, Bronx. She was a recipient of the UNESCO/Fullbright Fellowship (2009) and the Arthur Schomburg Award for Excellence in the Humanities (2000). In 2016, her volume of essays The Gymnast & Other Positions was announced as the winner of the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature (non-fiction literature). She works in photographic, video and textile media, exploring issues of history, family and self. Her artistic work has been exhibited in Belgium, Italy, Morocco, the United States and Jamaica. She teaches in the Liberal Studies Programme at New York University and is the founding editor of Calabash: A Journal of Caribbean Art & Letters. Bishop is based in New York City.

Website: www.jacquelinebishop


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