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Second a part of Crop Over Exhibition starts today

The second series of the three-part Against All Odds Central Bank Crop Over 2022 Visual Arts Exhibition, will start today on the Queen’s Park Gallery.

Following the primary series, Questions of Freedom, which ended last week, the second series #FutureFRWD will begin today and run until Wednesday August 3.

The #FutureFRWD Exhibit which might be viewed at its opening night event tomorrow, is meant to encapsulate elements of youth through technique of digital, interactive and new media. The night will feature performances and activities like live painting, projection art and a ‘sip & paint’ session.

For this exhibit, young artists each in age and experience were encouraged to specific themselves and their identity relative to their connection to ‘nu media’.

Through 2D, 3D, photography and ‘nu media’ artwork, this showcase seeks to ask its participating artists and viewers a series of questions, like “Are all empowered with the capability to develop their natural gifts and abilities?”; “Are we free to specific ourselves?”.

The Central Bank Crop Over 2022 Visual Arts Exhibition was inspired by a recognition of the resilience of Barbadian people which was displayed through the paintings, prints and other workmanship of local artists.

As an entire body of labor, Against All Odds was conceptualised to spotlight how Barbadian strength of character has been fashioned by hardship and adversity, past and present.

The themes addressed within the exhibition include plantation slavery, economic disenfranchisement and global aspects like threats of war and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NCF Cultural Officer for Visual Arts, Rodney Ifill, served because the producer of the Crop Over Visual Arts Exhibition, assisted by guest curator Oneka Small.

After quoting major “acts of emancipation”, from the abolition of slavery to Barbados’ transition to a Republic, it’s fitting that the primary instalment of the exhibition sought to reply the titular Questions of Freedom.

Falling at first of the Season of Emancipation, that exhibition ran from Wednesday, May twenty fifth until Wednesday, July sixth.

The ultimate instalment of the exhibition called Our Land might be available for viewing from Wednesday, August 10 to Wednesday, August 31. Artists were asked to create pieces that will interrogate how the Barbadian landscape is perceived and measured beyond its aesthetic value, specializing in the manipulation of natural resources and their utilitarian importance.

There are a complete of 27 artists featured across the three segments of the exhibition, fastidiously chosen from greater than 33 entries.

A number of the artists include the outstanding Ras Akyem Ramsay who was a recipient of the 2012 Caribbean Luminary of the Arts Award, the 2010 Lifetime Achievements Award in The Visual Arts and more.

Amidst the more senior artists, nevertheless, the works of many emerging artists are also featured including Jamila Greaves, Sian Pampellonne, Akilah Watts and Shane Eastmond.

As guest curator, considered one of Small’s suggestions was to interview artists and have the data collected used to create artist profiles to be featured in a digital catalogue.

Samples of artwork which constitute one to 2 pieces per artist might be included within the catalogues, as seen in the primary catalogue for “Questions of Freedom”.

This might be in an effort to capture what Rodney Ifill describes because the artists’ oeuvre; the progression and trajectory of their bodies of labor. (PR)

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