Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Juried Artists: Xavier Haughton

Another feature from our Jamaica Biennial 2017 archives.

Xayvier Haughton was born in St Catherine, Jamaica, in 1986. He completed his BFA at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in 2014. His final year project explored issues around Jamaican fatherhood and masculinity. His work was featured in the Jamaica Biennial 2014 and the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC)’s National Visual Arts Exhibition and Competition in 2015, as well as at the Red Easel pop-up gallery in 2016. Haughton’s work is heavily focused on what he calls the “Afrikan” consciousness, represented in part by his painterly rendering of the dark complexion of his human figures. He lives in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

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Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Juried Artists: Ziggie Graver

Ziggie Graver – Finding a Centre, 2016 (installation view)

Ziggie Graver was a first-time exhibitor at the National Gallery of Jamaica in the Jamaica Biennial 2017. He was born in 1992, in Hanover, Jamaica. He attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, where he attained a BFA in 2016, and primarily works in new media. Graver’s film Finding a Centre was inspired by his personal journey to the martial arts as a practice and life philosophy, at the same time exploring wider issues of anger, aggression, and inner peace. Graver is currently based in Kingston, Jamaica.

Ziggie Graver – Finding a Centre, 2016 (video still)

 

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Juried Artists: Jeffery Grant

Jeffery Grant – Oyster Shell Form (2016)

Another post from our Jamaica Biennial 2017 archives:

Jeffery Grant was born in 1964, in Portland, Jamaica. In 1986, he was awarded a bronze medal for his entry in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) National Fine Art Competition. Later, he attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and attained a BA in Education in 2008. Since then, his work has been featured in the Portland Artist Group Show in 2015. Jeffery Grant is based in Portland where he works as an Art Education lecturer at College of Agricultural Science and Education (CASE).

Jeffery Grant – Oyster Shell Form (2016)

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Juried Artists: nichola feldman-kiss

nichola feldman-kiss – an initial aversion to the plight of the sufferer (Pietà) (2017)

nichola feldman-kiss was a first time exhibitor at the National Gallery of Jamaica in the recently closed Jamaica Biennial 2017. She was born in Ottawa, Canada and is of Jamaican, German and Canadian descent. She is a graduate of the California Institute of Arts where she attained a MFA in Photography and another in Art and Critical Studies in 1996. Her work was featured in a solo exhibition entitled nicola feldman-kiss: Witness at the Ottawa Art Gallery in 2016. She will also be featured in the Imago Mundi Benetton Collection, Venice Biennale in 2017. feldman-kiss was granted the Canada Council for the Arts Media Arts International Residency in 2015. Her work in the Biennial, which features osteological specimens, offers a pointed critique of a globalized society where the powerless are discarded pawns amid international commercial interests, social upheaval, militarization and ensuing political gamesmanship. She lives in Ottawa.

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Juried Artists: Di-Andre Caprice Davis

Di-Andre Caprice Davis – put_togeher.gifS (1) (2017) (detail)

Another feature from the Jamaica Biennial 2017 archives.

Di-Andre Caprice Davis was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and is a self-described experimental artist. In 2016, she completed an artist’s residency at Bluecoat, a contemporary arts centre in Liverpool, England. Her work has been featured in a number of art shows including Jamaica Biennial 2014, Young Talent 2015, Digital (2016) and Kingston, Part 1: The City and Art (2016) at the National Gallery of Jamaica. Additionally, it was featured in Jamaican Pulse: Art and Politics from Jamaica and the Diaspora, which was held in 2016 at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, United Kingdom. Davis has been inspired by the relationship between mathematics, science and technology, and how these can be manipulated to inform how the human brain perceives, processes and interprets visual imagery. She is based in Kingston.

Di-Andre Caprice Davis – put_togeher.gifS (1) (2017)

 

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Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Juried Artists: Paula Daley

Paula Daley – Ancestral Echo (2017, detail from video still)

Here is another feature from our Jamaica Biennial 2017 archives.

Paula Daley was born in 1968, in St Andrew, Jamaica. She attended the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, where she was awarded two diplomas with honours in Painting and Sculpture. She also attained an MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore USA and a post-graduate Diploma in Arts Education from Edna Manley College. Her work has been shown in Curator’s Eye III (2008) and the Biennial exhibitions of the National Gallery of Jamaica, as well as at the Rex Nettleford Arts Conference (2011 & 2013) and School of Visual Arts Faculty Exhibitions (2010-2016) at the CAG[e], Edna Manley College. She is currently the Head of the Sculpture Department and the Acting Assistant Director of the School of Visual Arts. Daley’s current body of work explores the subject matter of slavery and human trafficking, focusing on “the emotions that are absorbed and still reverberate in the spaces once inhabited by slaves.” She lives in Kingston, Jamaica.

Paula Daley – Ancestral Echo (2017, detail from video still)