An exhibition, curated by local artists, was opened this morning in the foyer of the Division of Culture, at Sky Mall, Haggatt Hall, St. Michael. It will be on show until June 25, and will be shipped, later this month, for viewing in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office with responsibility for Culture, John King, who opened the visual art exhibition, entitled Reflections on Emancipation & Post-Colonial Society, said he was looking forward to being in St. Croix to view the exhibition, which has a number of pieces from various Barbadian artists.
Minister King congratulated the curators of the exhibition – Anderson M. Pilgrim, Shane Eastmond and Oneka Small, and the artists, whose work was selected.
He also thanked them for sharing their art. “For myself, this is a blessing in disguise because coming into this position I’m getting the opportunity to not only see and meet all of these fantastic artists and their work, I’m getting to learn a lot more about the art itself than I did previously, I’m very thankful to all of you for being able to share your talent.”
He disclosed that he would continue to work with the artists. “We look forward to working with you guys and moving from strength to strength, not only just improving and introduce our artists to the Barbadian public, but we want to be part and parcel of the efforts to help you guys to widen your scope across the Caribbean, the hemisphere and across the world, so thank you very much.”
Mr. King called on Barbadians to come out to the exhibition and see the talent that is in the country, adding that “it speaks volumes about how our people see themselves and how they see our progress or lack thereof, in terms of how we dealt with ourselves post colonialism. It is a fantastic exhibition”.
The exhibition in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands, will be held at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts, and will open on August 12, and close on September 16, 2021.
The exhibition will include a presentation by the curatorial team and participating artists, as well as a conversation with sculptor Ras Ilix and University of Florida Professor Nick Frech.