NGJ Summer Exhibition: Venice Black

Venice Black

Venice Black - Fiwi Muma - One GAD - NG067

Venice Black – Fiwi Muma (left) & One G.A.D (right)

“Fiwi Muma represents Nanny of the Maroons. The leaves on her right shoulder represent the guerilla warfare that she usually used to win her fights. The symbols on her clothing are known as adinkra symbols which are printed on Ghana’s fabrics. As it is said that she is from the Ashanti tribe of Ghana and she had fought for our freedom I have used them alongside our (Jamaica) colours black, green and gold.

One G.A.D represents our national hero Marcus Garvey. I used the colours black, green and red to represent the movement that he spearheaded and the organisation that he formed, the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). Garvey is looking upright as if to give a speech as he is a man known for many words, always teaching and uplifting.”

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Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Juried Artists: Venice Black

Venise Bladk – Kidist Dengel Miriam (The Holy Virgin Mary) (2016)

Venice Black was a first-time exhibitor at the National Gallery of Jamaica in the Jamaica Biennial 2017. was born in 1987, in St Ann, Jamaica and did studies at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2012. An emerging artist, she works primarily in ceramics. Venise Black is a grand-daughter of Brother Everald Brown. She is based in St Catherine, Jamaica.