How the light enters: Art exhibition

Event Date(s): 14/09/2013 - 15/10/2013

Location: Soft Box Art Gallery, Port-of-Spain

How the light enters – Visualising absence and continuity in the Jacmelian ruinscape, is an art exhibition by The UWI's Kwynn Johnson, MA, PhD Cultural Studies candidate, and artist.

The exhibition runs from September 14-October 15, 2013, at Soft Box Art Gallery, Port-of-Spain, Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm.

The exhibition will also run at the Alliance Française, Jacmel, Haiti, from November 15-25, 2013.

Practice-based research in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies allows practicing artists to employ their artistic process in the production of research material and the exhibition of their research results. This exhibition of Kwynn Johnson’s drawings complements her PhD thesis in presenting arguments about memory, loss and continuity in post-earthquake Haiti, but it also offers a view on the research process that has lead to these arguments.  

CONTACT: Dr Maarit Forde, Lecturer, Coordinator of the Postgraduate Program in Cultural Studies, Department of Literary, Cultural and Communication Studies | 662-2002 ext. 83567 | maarit.forde@sta.uwi.edu.

More about Kwynn Johnson

Kwynn Johnson is a visual artist living and working in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.  She holds a BA Visual Arts, an MA Cultural Studies, and is currently a PhD Cultural Studies (practice-based research) candidate at the University of the West Indies.  Since 2003 she has had 6 solo exhibitions, and has also exhibited in many group shows in Trinidad, Guyana and Texas.From 2005- 2011 she wrote the weekly Art review column for the Catholic News. Her 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. In 2011 she participated in the 2nd Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince Haiti.

This current body of drawings –How the light enters, was created over the past three years on-location in Jacmel Haiti. Extracts of it have been exhibited in Guadeloupe, New York, Florida, Grenada, and at the Undercurrents-Tanks Programme at the Tate 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 Haiti. Two peer-reviewed journal publications of this work are forthcoming. In 2013 she will be one of the selected artists  participating in the 3rd Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This will be a colloborative project with Jacmelian artist Paskal (Pascale Faublas).