‘Now & Then’ exhibition returns to National Gallery

“Now & Then”, an exhibition of photographs by Courtney Platt in association with the Cayman Free Press Steinmetz Archive, the Cayman Islands National Archives, and Natalie Urquhart, is back on display at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands for five weeks on Esterley Tibbetts Highway in Grand Cayman.

“We had an overwhelming response from the community when the exhibition opened in October 2012,” said Ms Urquhart, NGCI director and exhibition curator. “Despite record visitor attendance during its two-month run, many people didn’t get the chance to see it. Since then NGCI staff has been inundated with calls requesting a second viewing, it really is a case of ‘back by popular demand’.”

Working with archival photographs from the Cayman Islands National Archive and the Cayman Free Press Steinmetz Collection, and closely with Ms Urquhart, photographer Courtney Platt replicated and digitally merged the past and present to provide a window into Cayman’s history. Past and current landmarks, buildings, events and generations of people blend together in a surreal, and at times, haunting mixture of imagery.

“This is the first time an exhibition at the National Gallery has ever enjoyed a second run on-site,” Ms Urquhart said.

She puts its popularity down to the accessible subject matter, the remarkable skill with which Courtney has digitally merged the images of past and present, and the resulting emotive quality that the images radiate.

“It is an incredibly moving collection that resonates with a wide audience,” she said.

“Now & Then” runs until 25 April at the National Gallery. Admission is free, although donations are appreciated.