Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez showcases the artist’s mixed-media installations and jacquard-woven photo tapestries that explore the social and political issues found within the gender-bending subculture of Jamaica’s dancehall community. Generally viewed as a celebration of the disenfranchised in postcolonial Jamaica, dancehall culture emerged from the youth of Kingston’s ghettos.
In this exhibition, Jamaican-born Patterson evokes the pageantry and spectacle of that culture and reveals it to be a window onto working-class Jamaican society. This exhibition includes six eye-popping tapestries and a figural tableau of 10 life-size male mannequins, covered with floral fabric.
Ebony G. Patterson: Dead Treez was organized by The John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Gratitude is extended to BMO Harris Bank, Herzfeld Foundation, and Sargento Food, Inc. for major support of this exhibition and to the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding was also provided by the Friends of Fiber Art International and the members of the Kohler Arts Center Exhibitions and Collections Giving Circle.
WHEN: Friday, September 23 – Sunday, December 4, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, September 23, 6–7:30pm
Film Screening: The Price of Memory | Tuesday, October 4, 7pm | CFA Concert Hall
Followed by a Q&A with Filmmaker Karen Marks Mafundikwa
In 2002, Queen Elizabeth II visited Jamaica for her Golden Jubilee Celebrations. While there she was petitioned by a group of Rastafari for slavery reparations. The Price of Memory traces this petition, as well as reparations lawsuit filed against the Queen. The film explores the stories of earlier Rastas who pursued reparations in the 1960s, and who undertook a historic mission to Africa. Filmed over a decade, it examines the impact of slavery and the movement for reparations led by Jamaica’s Rastafari. Supported in part by an Arts Grant from the BU Arts Initiative – Office of the Provost.
VENUE: 808 Gallery (808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Exhibition and Gallery Events are Free and Open to the Public
About Ebony G. Patterson
Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaican, b. 1981) received a Diploma in Painting from the Edna Manley College for the Visual and Performing Arts, Kingston, Jamaica, and an MFA in 2004 from Sam Fox College of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, MO. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally including at the Museum of Art and Design, New York, the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, and the Punkt Ø/Galleri F15, Norway. She is one of the participating artists in the upcoming 32nd Biennial de São Paulo, Brazil. She is Associate Professor in Painting at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Patterson currently lives between Lexington, KY, and Kingston, Jamaica. The artist is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL.