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‘Pressure’ at National Gallery of Jamaica

Published:Sunday | July 3, 2022 | 12:12 AM

From left: Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Susanne Fredricks, art dealer, curator and art auction organiser, and Roxanne Silent, acting senior director at the National Gallery of Jamaica, paused for our lens.
From left: Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, Susanne Fredricks, art dealer, curator and art auction organiser, and Roxanne Silent, acting senior director at the National Gallery of Jamaica, paused for our lens.
Artist Katrina Coombs posed in her feature installation composed of hand-woven textiles.
Artist Katrina Coombs posed in her feature installation composed of hand-woven textiles.

Chief curator at the National Gallery of Jamaica, O’Neil Lawrence (left), walked Minister Olivia Grange through the exhibition.
Chief curator at the National Gallery of Jamaica, O’Neil Lawrence (left), walked Minister Olivia Grange through the exhibition.
Senator Tom Tavares-Finson introduced Minister Olivia Grange at the opening of ‘Pressure’.
Senator Tom Tavares-Finson introduced Minister Olivia Grange at the opening of ‘Pressure’.
Film-maker Kaleb D’Aguilar listened keenly to the welcome.
Film-maker Kaleb D’Aguilar listened keenly to the welcome.
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Last Sunday, the National Gallery of Jamaica opened the Kingston Biennial 2022: Pressure exhibition, in association with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.

The exhibit which runs until Saturday, December 31 features artwork by 24 local and diaspora artists. As part of the Jamaica 60 Diamond Jubilee, the Jamaican idiom, “pressure”, is explored in the positive and negative ways in which it has shaped Jamaican society. Here’s more from the opening.