Art Exhibition: Oneika Russell’s “The Golden Fantasy”


[Many thanks to Veerle Poupeye (Critical.Caribbean.Art) for bringing this item to our attention.] Oneika Russell’s “The Golden Fantasy” will have its opening on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 5:00 to 8:00pm, at NLS (located at 190 Mountain View Avenue, Kingston 6 Kingston, Jamaica). This event is free and open to the public.

Description: Oneika Russell’s work searches to describe and represent the hybridity and fragmented nature of a Caribbean experience and identity. Notions about the culture and space of the Caribbean from Western hegemonic spaces and the degree to which the Jamaican persona and body to perform supports flattened ideas about paradisal and exotic lands are major points for exploration in Russell’s work. Revising the visual culture that supports the paradise industry is of significance in her work as well as exploring the tensions between the desired and the repulsive in popular tropes of paradise.

Oneika Russell received a diploma in Painting from The Edna Manley College in Jamaica. She completed an MA in Interactive Media at Goldsmiths College in London and a PhD in Film, Video and Media Art at Kyoto Seika University in Japan. Russell has completes residencies at Post-Museum in Singapore, Vermont Studio Centre in Vermont and most recently Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, NY. Major exhibitions include Jamaican Pulse at The Royal West of England Academy, UK; The 2017 and 2014 Jamaica Biennial, Kingston; At the Crossroads: Critical Film and Video from the Caribbean at Perez Museum of Art Miami and the 2018 DAKAR Biennial, Senegal.

NLS is a non-profit contemporary visual art initiative and micro-gallery in Kingston, Jamaica. NLS supports the work of visual artists committed to breaking new ground in their chosen disciplines, builds and connects new audiences to these artists, and links these artists to the global contemporary art community. We provide the public with a platform for experimental exhibitions, artist residencies, and a meeting place for new ideas and cutting edge approaches to art. NLS’ programming is an open international cultural forum grounded in the spirit of experimentation, and collaboration. The organisation operates out of a 200 sq ft garage turned white box and its 800 sq ft outdoor space, as well as through curatorial initiatives with international art spaces, and through online programming.

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