Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Special Projects: Marcel Pinas

Marcel Pinas from Suriname is another special invitee to the Jamaica Biennial 2017. He is presenting a lecture on his work at the Edna Manley College on February 23 at 2 pm.

Marcel Pinas (1971, Pelgrimkondre, Marowijne Suriname) studied at the Nola Hatterman Art Academy (Suriname); the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts; and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (Netherlands). In 2010 he founded the Tembe Art Studio to share his experience and knowledge with the Surinamese community, starting in Moengo, in his birth district Marowijne, followed by the opening of the Contemporary Art Museum Moengo (CAMM) in July 2011. The themes and formal characteristics of Pinas’ work derive from the Maroon culture of Suriname, particularly his own N’dyuka Maroon community. Pinas produces installations and large scale works for public places, as well as mixed media paintings. His contribution to the Jamaica Biennial 2017 is an installation project that reinterprets the Maroon tradition of sharing food with the Ancestors in a contemporary context. Pinas lives in Suriname.

Website:  marcelpinas.net

Jamaica Biennial 2017 – Bulletin 3: Main Opening Function on February 26


The main opening function of the Jamaica Biennial 2017 exhibition will take place at the National Gallery of Jamaica on the Kingston Waterfront on Sunday, February 26, starting at 1:30 pm. The keynote speaker will be the Hon. Olivia Grange, MP, Minister of Culture, Entertainment, Gender and Sport, and there will be several live performances by participating artists. Deejay Iset Sankofa will spin music.

With more than 160 works of art by more than 90 artists shown at three different locations—the National Gallery and Devon House in Kingston and National Gallery West in Montego Bay, the Jamaica Biennial 2017 is the largest such exhibition in the National Gallery’s history. It provides a dynamic and diverse overview of current art from Jamaica, elsewhere in the Caribbean and the Diaspora in all artistic media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, textile and fibre art, photography, installation and new media. The exhibition has four components: special projects by international invitees; tribute exhibitions to two noted Jamaican artists; contributions by the artists who have invited status; and what was selected from the juried submissions—the latter two sections include artists who are born or based in Jamaica and artists of Jamaican descent who live elsewhere.

The resulting Jamaica Biennial 2017 offers a healthy and at times provocative mix of new, emerging and established artists, including recent graduates of the Edna Manley College such as Ziggie Graver and Kelley-Ann Lindo; artists who have never exhibited before such as Nathan Cunningham, who is self-taught; and as well as well-known artists such as Samere Tansley, Marlon James, Laura Facey, David Boxer, Deborah Anzinger, Prudence Lovell, Storm Saulter, Phillip Thomas, Bryan McFarlane, Petrona Morrison, Shoshanna Weinberger, Jasmine Thomas-Girvan and many others. The special projects are by Andrea Chung, David Gumbs, Nadia Huggins, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Raquel Paiewonsky, and Marcel Pinas—all of them artists with Caribbean roots or based in the Caribbean—while the two tribute exhibitions provide overviews of the work of Alexander Cooper and the late Peter Dean Rickards.

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