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

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Juried Artists: Aisha Bell

Aisha Bell – Lick (n.d., still from video)

Aisha Bell exhibited for the second time at the National Gallery in the Jamaica Biennial 2017 and is one of a several Jamaican Diaspora artists who have started exhibiting regularly in Jamaica. She was born in 1974 in New York City and is of Jamaican parentage. She holds an MFA in Ceramics from Hunter College, an MS in Art Education, and a BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute. She uses a variety of media, including video, and her work primarily focuses on the fragmentation of an individual’s multiple identities. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, residencies and commissions and has exhibited extensively in the USA. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NYC.

Website: superhueman.com


Aisha Bell – Lick (n.d., still from video)

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Juried Artists: Claudia Beyer

Claudia Beyer – Splendour in the Grass (2017)

Claudia Beyer was a first-time National Gallery of Jamaica exhibitor in the Jamaica Biennial 2017. She was born in 1956, in New York City. She is a self-taught artist who was raised in a family of artists. Beyer has illustrated several children’s books and found great inspiration during her many years living in St Martin. She currently lives and works in Kingston, Jamaica.


Claudia Beyer – Splendour in the Grass (2017, detail)

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Juried Artists: Simon Benjamin

Simon Benjamin was a first-time exhibitor in the recently closed Jamaica Biennial, 2017 edition. Here is a short feature on his work.

Simon Benjamin was born in 1979, in St Andrew, Jamaica. He holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. His exhibitions include the Negotiated Realities group show at Columbia University, New York and FORUM at NLS in Kingston, both in 2016. A photographer and mixed media artist, his current preoccupation is with the phenomenon of urban beaches, which he has explored in the Jamaican context by documenting the Forum hotel complex in Portmore. He was recently nominated for the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship in Washington DC, USA. Simon Benjamin is currently based in New York City.

Website: www.simonbenjamin.com

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Juried Artists: Kimani Beckford

Kimani Beckford – Young, Gifted and Black (2016)

Here is another feature on one of the artists in the recently closed Jamaica Biennial 2017:

Kimani Beckford was born in 1988, in St Catherine, Jamaica. He attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, where he completed his BFA degree in Painting in 2011. In the same year, he was awarded the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in Arts and Culture. Most recently his work was featured in the Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora (2016) exhibition held in Bristol, United Kingdom. In 2014, he was a recipient of the inaugural Dawn Scott Memorial Award for his submission to the Jamaica Biennial 2014 exhibition held at the National Gallery of Jamaica. Working mostly in paint media, Beckford explores the politics of race and representation in the contemporary context. Beckford lives in St Andrew, Jamaica.

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Juried Artists: Kid Bazzle

Kid Bazzle – Sister Nature I (2016)

Another feature on the artists in the recently closed Jamaica Biennial 2017:

Kid Bazzle was born in 1991, in St Andrew, Jamaica. He is a graduate of the University of Technology where he attained a BSc. in Computer Science. While there he developed an interest in photography and film. His work has been featured in the Jamaica Biennial 2014 at the National Gallery of Jamaica, as well as the Kingston on the Edge (KOTE) Urban Arts Festival in 2016. He was awarded the bronze medal for his entry in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC)’s Visual Arts Exhibition and Competition in 2015. Kid Bazzle is based in Kingston, Jamaica.

Kid Bazzle – Brother Nature III (2016)