Curated by Emé Paschalides and sponsored by the Cayman office of Mourant Ozannes, “Speak to Me – Understanding the Language of Art” is an unusual examination of art as a language and the visual “dialects” we encounter, from paintings to art installations.

The new temporary exhibition opened at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands (NGCI) last Saturday.

Words from the curator

“The title of the exhibition is a call to facing art and all it expresses fearlessly,” Paschalides explained, “with the certitude that there is an idea in each work that real artists always seek to share, and that we should never refrain from finding, developing or even inventing.

“The show hopes to remind us what art history has demonstrated – that great works do not just communicate at a cultural level but transcend the particular to speak to our common humanity, and help us think.”

'Baby With The Bath Water' - Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette
‘Baby With The Bath Water’ – Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette

Cayman artist participation

While works from private and public collections – by both Cayman and non-Cayman artists – constitute a large part of the show, the curator has also invited a handful of Cayman artists to create new works, including Wray Banker, Randy Cholette, Nasaria Suckoo-Cholette, Pippa Ridley and Simon Tatum, to explore how artists communicate; from the traditional language of sign and symbol to the language of abstraction and conceptual installations.

'Drifting Dreaming' - Gordon Solomon
‘Drifting Dreaming’ – Gordon Solomon

Mourant Ozannes’ Cayman Managing Partner, Peter Hayden, said, “We are very proud to support the National Gallery. This is a really exciting new exhibition and it’s particularly pleasing that it features work by a number of Cayman artists. We hope as many people as possible get an opportunity to come and see [it].”

The temporary exhibition “Speak to Me” is now open to the public and closes on Jan. 12, 2017. For more information about special lectures, workshops and family programs related to the exhibition, visit