Laura Facey – 62 Men and 63 Women
Representing the enslaved persons who labored on the ‘Mount Plenty’ property in the Parish of St Ann, Jamaica as documented in 1820 at the time of the death of their owner, The Hon. John Hiatt, Custos of St Ann, who died at the age of 98.
Laura Facey – Heart of a Man
William Blake’s drawing of a ‘Black Man Hung By The Ribs’ and a seed from the Barringtonia Tree inspired HEART OF A MAN.
“I found the seed on the seashore and thought – as men journeyed across the Atlantic, shackled on ships, stripped of everything and unable to protect their loved ones – their hearts were ripped from their chests.”
‘May the heart of man be restored to its full potency’
Hasani Claxton – Angry Black Woman/A Right to be Hostile (left) & Buggin’Out (right)
My paintings and sculptures highlight the individuality of Black people — a luxury often denied to us in Western society. My work is concerned with subcultures that defy popular conceptions of Blackness: Black nerds, punk rockers, bohemians, among others. Similarly, my work disregards cultural expectations, finding inspiration in Japanese anime and manga, as well as American comics. I merge the eccentric visual language of these mediums with realist painting and sculpture, thus blurring the lines between realism and surrealism, between popular culture and fine art. Each work presents a crossover of ideas, affirming that culture is itself an infinitely malleable medium.
Regarding the 2 sculptures in the exhibition, they are satirical examinations of the prevalent stereotype that black women are overly emotional. I created hyperrealistic renditions of the absurd “Chibi” expressions from Japanese animation to expose the ridiculousness of racial stereotypes.
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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