Performance art by Sheena Rose: “Island and Monster”


The Royal Academy (RA) presents contemporary artist Sheena Rose in “Island and Monster,” her first performance in the UK. The performance will take place on Monday 27 February 2017, 7:00-8:30pm at The Academicians’ Room, The Keeper’s House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly. This event is open to members of the Academicians’ Room, Friends of the Royal Academy and the general public (entrance fee: £20).

Description: This performance has been developed in response to Sheena’s conflicted feelings of belonging and displacement, which emerged with her return to the Caribbean after completing an MFA in North Carolina. To reckon with her changing relationship to her home, Sheena becomes both the island and the monster, looking in from outside as a way to negotiate this return.

After her performance Sheena will be in conversation with curator Jessica Taylor, whose latest project with David A. Bailey, Diaspora Pavilion, will showcase the work of 20 UK-based artists in an exhibition addressing the complexity of the diaspora experience in Venice during the 2017 Biennale.

Sheena Rose is a Barbadian artist, whose practice involves mixed and new media, including animation, drawing, painting, performance and video. Sheena has exhibited internationally at institutions such as MoCADA, Queens Museum, Turner Contemporary and Residency Gallery. She has represented Barbados in the Havana and Jamaica Biennials. She has been awarded residencies at Alice Yard (Trinidad), Greatmore Art Studio (Cape Town, South Africa), Tembe Art Studio (Moengo, Suriname), and OAZO-AIR (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Art Omi (Ghent, New York) and The Hermitage Artist Retreat (Florida). In 2016 Sheena performed as part of the ICF conference Curating the International Diaspora in Gwangju, South Korea during the Gwangju Biennial.

Sheena’s work has been included in art fairs, film festivals and auctions such as Prizm Art Fair, Third Horizon Film Festival and Rush Philanthropic Foundation Arts Auction Art for Life. Her paintings are also on the cover of several books, including See Me Here: A Survey of Contemporary Self-Portraits from the Caribbean and the novel The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson, the latter of which was named the best book cover of the year by the Huffington Post and EPeople Magazine in 2015. In 2008, Sheena graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Art degree with Honours from the Barbados Community College and in 2016 she received her Masters in Fine Arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Fulbright Scholarship.

About their role, the Royal Academy writes: “We exist to promote art and artists – a mission we pursue through exhibitions, education and debate. [. . .] We are an Academy. We have much in common with museums and other galleries, but we have a broader role – to promote not just the appreciation and understanding of art, but also its practice.”

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