INTIMATE ENCOUNTERS: Photography Exhibit by Marlon James

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NLS presents Intimate Encounters a solo exhibition of portraits by photographer Marlon James that challenge propriety and Jamaican identity.

Intimate Encounters

Photography exhibition by Marlon James

March 23 – April 22, 2013

NLS, 190 Mountain View Avenue, Kingston 6, Jamaica

Marlon James’ recent photographs capture individuals in contemporary Jamaican society from a raw and intimate angle. Employing a degree of controversy in the treatment and selection of his subjects, James’ portraits allow us, through his inquisitive eye, to probe personal and cultural identity. We are given generous flashes of subculture, youth culture, and the mainstream that introduce us to a collective “Jamaican” self we may not quite know. Intimate Encounters is curated and installed to highlight the candid nature of James’ photographic oeuvre.

Marlon James was born in 1980 in Kingston, Jamaica and is currently based in Trinidad & Tobago. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, which includes group exhibitions at The National Gallery of Jamaica, the Gallery of Mississauga (Canada), The IDB Cultural Center (Washington, DC), the Art Museum of Americas (Washington, DC), Bargehouse (London) and Alice Yard (Trinidad). He studied at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, graduating with a diploma in Sculpture in 2003. For more information on the artist visit NLS (new local space) is an artist-run contemporary visual art initiative in Kingston that was founded as a place for visual artists in dialogue with contemporary issues to experiment with new ideas, collaborate with each other and engage with the national and international public. Interdisciplinary collaboration and energetic open access to contemporary culture are at the core of our operations. NLS supports visual artists and connects these artists to the global contemporary art community by providing a structured artist residency program, conducting a curated exhibition program, providing affordable studio space for rent, and conducting ongoing research to assess the needs of visual artists in Jamaica. NLS was founded by artist and curator Deborah Anzinger, PhD. Deborah was previously the manager of the District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC) in Washington, DC and has exhibited extensively in Washington at Civilian Art Projects, Porch Projects, DCAC, The Fridge, Hillyer Art Space, Delicious Spectacle, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Arlington Art Center (AAC) and at George Mason University. NLS is a non-profit corporation and subsidiary of audio production house Creative Sounds Ltd.

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The opening reception will be held on Friday, March 22 from 6 PM to 9 PM. The exhibition takes place from Friday, March 22 to Monday, April 22. NLS is located at 190 Mountain View Avenue, Kingston 6 and is open by appointment only. For more information contact 406-9771 or visit us at


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