Art Exhibition: Olivia McGilchrist’s “My Dear Daddy”

Olivia McGilchrist’s solo exhibition, “My Dear Daddy,” will be on view from April 17 to May 4, 2012, at the CAG[e] Gallery at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. The opening reception will be held on April 17, from 6:00 to 8:00pm, with opening remarks by Director of the School of Visual Arts, Petrona Morrison. The gallery is located at 1 Arthur Wint Drive in Kingston, Jamaica.

Artist’s Description: Fueled by nostalgia, loss and mourning, this solo exhibition re-figures the aura of my late father by mapping out a personal world inhabited by myself as a masked figure portrayed in a variety of domestic and picturesque Caribbean spaces. This character, which I have named Whitey, re-appropriates the long lost family home and ‘exotic’ landscapes alongside collaged images of my father, which hover in the space that he should have inhabited. Within this re-composed archive, Whitey’s poses are portrayals of the saturated emotional landscapes which I inhabit. First created as a coping mechanism, Whitey has grown into a stand-alone character which appears in other charged Caribbean spaces such as Cuba’s Bay of Pigs; in search of my wider Caribbean heritage.

Olivia McGilchrist holds an M.A. in photography from the London College of Communication, Middlesex University. She is an artist-in-residence in Kingston, Jamaica, where she has been working at the National Gallery of Jamaica and the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts as well as maintaining her arts practice.

[Many thanks to Holly Bynoe for bringing this item to our attention.]

For original post, see http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2012/04/my-dear-daddy-by-olivia-mcgilchrist/

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