Exhibition explores cultural identity

A group of artists resident in the Cayman Islands have been invited to submit work for an exhibition that addresses the issue of cultural identity, a National Gallery press release said.

Twelve Caymanian and resident artists have joined together to produce a body of work that asks questions about Cayman’s cultural identity.

Participating artists are Aston Ebanks, Wray Banker, Kushana Gentles, John Broad, Nasaria Suckoo, Avril Ward, Randy Cholette, David Bridgeman, April Bending, Renate Seffer, Chris Mann and Anne Goulden, who have each interpreted the theme through a range of mediums, from paintings and sculpture to photographic and conceptual work.

The exhibition – Arreckly: towards a cultural identity – is curated by the Gallery’s curatorial manager David Bridgeman. Arreckly means directly/right now in Caymanian slang.

‘We all feel that we belong to a group by comparing differences, not just similarities, with another group or culture,’ he said.

‘The question is whether the artists will collectively share an identity which goes beyond just the sharing of a common language.

‘I am excited about this exhibition as the artists seem particularly motivated to experiment with new ideas and media

‘Artists were asked to submit ideas and drawings of their proposed work as part of the selection process and there are some excellent pieces being created. The hanging of some of these impressive works will be a challenge in itself.’

Rawlinson & Hunter have once again agreed to sponsor the exhibition. ‘We are proud to partner with the National Gallery in presenting an exhibition of such cultural and artistic diversity,’ said William Walmsley, a partner at the law firm.

‘By offering an exhibition of this calibre… we demonstrate the ever-growing strength of the National Gallery and of our firm’s ongoing commitment towards the preservation of cultural identity and the development of artistic talent’.

Mr. Bridgeman said that he hoped the exhibition would not only push each artist to a new level of self-discovery but also collectively piece together a national identity.

The show opens on Thursday, 1 February, at the National Gallery, located in Harbour Place on South Church Street. Arreckly will run through 26 March.