The Jamaica Gleaner writes on the forthcoming photographic exhibition by Esther Anderson, “Bob Marley: A Rebel Prophet,” which opens on December 8, 2016, at Dadiani Fine Art (30 Cork Street, London, United Kingdom). [See previous post PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: “BOB MARLEY: A REBEL PROPHET”.] In “In Her Own Words: Esther Anderson Artist/Filmmaker/Photographer,” the Gleaner presents commentary on the project by Anderson; here are excerpts:
In Her Own Words: During the Sixties and the Seventies, I documented our culture through music, dance and photography, while exploring my own representation as an actress in Hollywood and London with artists like Sidney Poitier, Marlon Brando and Sammy Davis Jr. I also placed myself behind the camera as a film-maker, launching my first film at the Edinburgh Film Festival. My collaboration with Bob is the crystallization of two young rebel souls into one through total art: love, music, photography, cinema, architecture, Ethiopianism and political resistance. We were both radical and uncompromising. Our best creation was our commitment to helping spread reggae music and the Rastafarian message of peace and love to the world. Marley is to me one of the recipients of Jamaican social history, like Paul Bogle and Marcus Garvey. Bob and the Wailers were able to synthesize the struggle of the sufferers in Jamaica. [. . .]
Description: Anderson and Marley unceasingly collaborated as both artists and lovers for a period of six years. She was committed to helping spread his music and message to a global audience. It is a personal journey, with Anderson as the narrator taking the viewer to the Caribbean islands, to Jamaica and to 56 Hope Road, Kingston. Anderson’s work is not pandering to the fans who know Bob Marley as a music icon. She became an agent willing to reveal Marley beyond music, and how readily his message was conceived by millions.
For full article, see http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/lifestyle/In-Her-Own-Words_82174