OMG Magazine | Thursday 12th September, 2013 • PAGE 23
SOFT BOX ART GALLERY PRESENTS: ART EXHIBITION
'How The Light Enters' by Kwynn Johnson
Saturday 14th September at 10 am till 4 pm Exhibition continues until October 10. Soft Box Studios is located at 9 Alcazar Street, St Clair. Due to the nature of this exhibition there is limited viewing space. Art lovers have been specially selected to attend a private viewing of this exhibition on September 12 and 13 between 5 pm-7pm, whichever day is more convenient to them. They are asked to contact the organisers as to their preferred date. This exhibition of drawings is submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Cultural Studies from UWI St. Augustine’s Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies. The drawings featured in “How The Light Enters”, were created over the past three years on location in Jacmel in Haiti. Extracts from it have been exhibited in Guadeloupe, New York, Florida, Grenada, and at the UndercurrentsTanks Programme at the Tate Gallery in London. This exhibition is the first showing of the entire body of work. In November 2013 it will also be exhibited at the Alliance Français in Jacmel. Two peer-reviewed journal publications of this work are forthcoming.
Johnson’s first creative encounter with Haiti was in 2004 for the Haiti Now conference at UWI. She created her first set design for The Haitian Earth, a play written and directed by Derek Walcott. Johnson is a Trinidadian visual artist with a BA Visual Arts and an MA in Cultural Studies. She has had six solo exhibitions, and has also exhibited in group shows in Trinidad, Guyana and Texas. In 2011 she participated in the 2nd Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Kwynn is a curatorial specialist at the National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago. This recent body of work represents absence and continuity in the Jacmelian “ruinscape” in Haiti. Her photography was published in Earth Science Week – Our Ever Changing Earth. Seismic Research Centre. University of the West Indies 2011.
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