Art Exhibition: Annalee Davis’“This Ground beneath My Feet – A Chorus of Bush in Rab Lands”


Annalee Davis (Barbados) will present her work in the solo exhibition entitled “This Ground beneath My Feet – A Chorus of Bush in Rab Lands,” at the John L. Warfield Center for African and African-American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Opening in September 2016, the exhibition is curated by Holly Bynoe.

Excerpt from curatorial text by Holly Bynoe, Guest Curator: “Barbadian artist Annalee Davis mines family and historical archives from the early nineteenth century and unpacks the plantation creating poetic devices that enable connection and regeneration in the exhibition This Ground Beneath My Feet – A Chorus of Bush in Rab Lands. In Rab Lands, species are resilient and fragile, ambiguous and lucid, a narrative of assumption becomes tenuous, as reimagined points of convergence come alive in fields, emerging from the belly of history within stories that have been silenced.

Creating autobiographical elements that bind together sites of investigation, Davis resuscitates history by bringing to the fore concerns related to how the plantation is understood and how it defies knowing. In her exploration of wild plants and the former monoculture crop of Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum), she pays special attention to the deep ancestral trauma and the legacies of Slavery that have left the landscape scarred and exhausted.”

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