John L Warfield Center

Upcoming Exhibtion

Mon, May 16, 2016
Upcoming Exhibtion
This Ground Beneath My Feet – A Chorus of Bush in Rab Lands

Exhibition Title: This Ground Beneath My Feet – A Chorus of Bush in Rab Lands

On View August 25th - December 15th

Artist: Annalee Davis

Guest Curator: Holly Bynoe

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, she pays special attention to the deep ancestral trauma and the legacies of slavery that have left the landscape scarred and exhausted.

Davis connects her walking in the fields willingly and purposefully to the quest for healing and balance and the dislocation of self, mapping terrain that is at once paradisiacal and tumultuous. 1970s ledgers and 19th century wills recall the basis of transactions, trade and transmutations. The discursive project White Creole Conversations featuring a collection of 25 field recordings and written interviews pay testament to the ambiguous and often contradictory ways that race and class are read historically and understood in the context of the Caribbean.

This Ground Beneath My Feet – A Chorus of Bush in Rab Lands includes an impressive collection of works from the last two years of Davis’ practice. These drawings, ledger markings and a tea service, along with a culled collection of essays, books and scholarly material comprise the exhibition’s accompanying Reading Room in an attempt to offer a broader context of the historical realities within the Anglophone Caribbean.  -Holly Bynoe, Guest-Curator

Click here for more information about the artist, Annalee Davis.

Click here for more information about the curator, Holly Bynoe

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